To know what progress we as a society make toward better health and wellness in 2016, you must remember these 5 trends.

We’re almost finished with the first quarter of 2017. But before 2016 vanishes entirely from our rear view mirror, we wanted to take a quick look back at some of last year’s best health & wellness trends.

So, what health & wellness trends made us pay attention in 2016? Here are 5:

  1. Wearable Fitness Trackers – More people used personal fitness devices to track their movement. Notably, Apple took on Fitbit and Jawbone by introducing new features for the Series 2 Apple Watch that helps folks record daily physical activity. Whatever the brand or device, we think wearable fitness tech is great, as our pedometer program and mobile app demonstrate!
  1. Moving More at Work – As awareness spreads of how hazardous to your health sitting for hours on end can be, more workers tried standing desks. Research suggests links between standing desks and such physical benefits as better posture and lower risks of obesity and cancer. They may also contribute to mental sharpness. They’re not cure-alls, but standing desks can help staff work on wellness in the workplace! (Simply standing burns 50 more calories an hour than sitting—and you can burn even more doing these office chair exercises!)
  1. Blog 2016 Trends feature 5-17.jpg Cleaner Eating – Consumers kept demanding healthier food options. To avoid excess added sugars, unhealthy fats, and additives and preservatives, more people chose fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts, and seeds. Cauliflower rice (a low-cal, high-protein, fiber- and vitamin-rich white rice alternative) gained an especially high profile. And smarter snacks like apple chips, onion chips, chia seeds, and organic tortilla chips all made inroads.
  1. Better Beverages – U.S. soda consumption fell to a 30-year low. We’re quenching our thirst more with drinks containing fewer calories and artificial sweeteners. Bottled water sales bubbled up by as much as 11%. Consumers also selected fruit-flavored and functional waters (water with added probiotics and proteins). Vegetable juices, rich in vitamins and antioxidants, remained popular. And matcha green tea (tea made from powdered leaves) hit big. Matcha delivers a stronger dose of antioxidants than regular green tea; one study found it has three times more of one antioxidant (EGCG) that helps protect against viruses, cancer, and heart disease.
  1. Functional Fitness – Exercise regimens designed to help people meet daily living’s strength, balance, flexibility, and coordination demands grew more prevalent. Functional fitness is about toning and tightening muscle groups. It may be especially beneficial for women, since its weight breaking exercises are a line of defense against osteoporosis. Barre, a workout program blending dance, yoga, and Pilates to target such muscles as transverse abdominals, inner thighs, and obliques, is one popular form of functional fitness training.

Let’s Shape 2017’s Best Health & Wellness Trends Together!

Trends from 2016 suggest we really do want healthier lives. How we’ll keep that momentum going in 2017 remains to be seen, but one thing we know: We at Wellworks For You can help your business design and implement programs that benefit your employees and your bottom line!

Call us now, for free, at 1-800-425-4657, or contact us through our website. Don’t let another day of 2017 pass without making health and wellness a priority for your company!

Did we forget what you consider 2016’s best health & wellness trends? Let us know in the comments below!