With so many technological innovations happening in recent years, it should come as no surprise that we’re seeing some serious game-changers in the wellness industry.
From nifty gadgets and technologically-enhanced clothes to virtual wellness and all sorts of testing available, there are numerous ways to better understand our bodies and improve our overall wellbeing. Here is the lowdown on the most interesting ways we’re revolutionizing wellness in the 21st century.
It was only a matter of time before we began figuring out how to apply 21st century developments to changing our biology and bodily processes. In case you need a refresher, biohacking is the use of different methods to enhance the chemistry and physicality of our bodies.
Professional athletes put their bodies through a lot, especially when they’re in the throes of the season and playing games almost every other night. How do they get through it? With plenty of hacks to soothe their muscles. You’ve seen them dunk themselves in ice baths and submit to the ministrations of a masseuse. But now, many athletes are taking charge of their health with percussive therapy. And the average wellness warrior can do so, too, with at-home percussive therapy devices like Theragun by Therabody.
A leader in percussive therapy devices, Therabody’s Theragun line offers four gadgets beloved by sports superstars like Christiano Ronaldo, DeAndre Hopkins, Maria Sharapova, and Sir Mo Farah. After a motorbike accident, Dr. Jason Wersland struggled to find pain relief and created the original Theragun. With its customizable settings, the Theragun devices offer highly effective “massages” that help decrease muscle soreness, boost blood flow, increase range of motion, and improve recovery and sleep. While they’re useful for recovery after serious activity, they can also be incorporated into warm-ups to help you perform better at the gym – or on any field or court. The Theragun is transforming the way athletes – pros or amateurs – think about caring for their bodies and are going to be game-changers for the industry going forward.
Officially called nutrigenomics, genetic testing is changing the way we think about hereditary wellness. With simple kits – like those from CircleDNA and Prenetics – we can test our DNA to unlock a wealth of knowledge about our bodies. Wellness retreats such as Kamalaya have also just launched pre-arrival functional testing assessments to enhance the programs.
When the results come back, you’ll be able to figure out everything from whether carbs or fats work better for you, if running or strength training will help you reach your fitness goals faster, and even whether you have intolerances to gluten and alcohol, for example. With the results, you can choose to change your diet, training, sleep, and even your lifestyle, to achieve your ultimate state of wellness.
Whether we choose to or not, the majority of us walk around with wearables that track different wellbeing factors. Yes, there are high-tech versions like the latest Apple Watches and Fitbits. But, if you’ve got a smartphone, chances are very high that you’re unintentionally tracking your step count, at least.
Right now, there’s an absolute smorgasbord of wearables on the market, each one designed to track different things. Whether you want to track your sleep patterns, how many calories you burn each day, your menstrual cycle, your heart rate, or hearing exposure, there’s a wearable – and app – for that. The latest innovation is a little patch you wear on your arm and sync with your smartphone to track your glucose levels – perfect for those struggling with sugar and insulin issues. With these nifty little devices, the wearer can trace what their body is doing and begin taking charge of their wellbeing.
We’re already used to the plethora of apps available for optimizing our fitness and wellbeing. Whether it’s Headspace for meditation, myfitnesspal for tracking nutrition, DownDog for yoga, or – perhaps more controversially – the Peloton app for at-home bike workouts, many of us have loaded our phones with apps to help us cope with the pandemic. So obviously, the next evolution is virtual wellness.
With the metaverse slowly seeping into our every day, it’s no surprise that fitness is its next frontier. Virtual reality fitness may still be in its infancy, but it’s being embraced by industry experts for its ability to change the game. Software giant Microsoft, for example, has developed Box VR, a virtual reality game that delivers a heart-pumping cardio workout that has proven effective at conditioning the upper body.