With summer in full swing, it’s time to pack away the winter and spring workout gear to make room for temperature and season appropriate gear. Along with proper fitness attire are new trends worth looking into.
1.Collagen is a hot topic right now in health and wellness circles. Collagen is the main structural protein found in skin and other connective tissues, widely used in purified form for cosmetic surgical treatments. Not only that, it is one of the most abundant proteins in the body.
It gives our skin strength and elasticity and replaces dead cells. It's critical for healthy hair, nails, and digestion. Unfortunately, collagen production slows down in your late 20s, so it's vital to supplement.
2. Mindful workouts are increasing. Many Yoga studios offer slower paced classes such as restorative yoga, meditation, or even recovery from illness classes. Studios like Inscape which offer guided meditation and nail salons like Sundays (which offers manicures with guided mediation) , both located in New York, are becoming more popular. Apps like Headspace offer guided meditation for people on the go since they can use the app anywhere.
HeartMath is a little clip to put on your ear which monitors your heart rate and your heart rate variability (the rhythm of the space between beats). HeartMath’s research has demonstrated that different patterns of heart activity (which accompany different emotional states) have distinct effects on our mental and emotional functions.
Even just a few minutes of daily coherence practice such as sitting in meditation has been shown to reduce and prevent the negative effects of stress – such as fatigue and exhaustion, sleep disruption, anxiety and burnout.
HeartMath has been a pioneer in HRV and heart-coherence research and self-regulation training for over 25 years. Over 250 independent peer-reviewed studies have been published on HeartMath technologies and methodologies – and this technology is recommended by more than 20,000 health professionals worldwide. HeartMath retails for $159 (https://www.heartmath.com/)
3. Sun protection in the summer goes a long way. According to a recent 2018 study, skin cancer is on the rise. Since the 1980s, more people have had skin cancer than all other cancers combined, which is surprising considering the preventative literature available.
While sun protection is important, not all products are great for the skin. Most common sunscreens on the market contain chemical filters which typically include a combination of two to six of the following active ingredients: oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate. Lab studies indicate that some chemical UV filters may mimic hormones, and doctors sometimes report sunscreen-related skin allergies, which raises important questions about unintended human health consequences from frequent sunscreen application.
Coola sunscreen such as the Moisturizing Face SPF 30 Organic Lotion is made of over 70% certified organic ingredients, contains Acai Oil which helps to protect from environmental aggressors and free of chemical filters. For outdoor activities such as running or swimming, the Mineral Sport SPF 30 Citrus Mimosa Moisturizer contains 98% natural ingredients and is water resistant up to 80 minutes. (https://coolasuncare.com/)
Sometimes, however all you need is good old-fashioned coverage in the form of a hat. Turtle Fur makes some of the most stylish hats for any activity under the sun. The Saguaro Trucker for men ($29.99) is a ball cap with classic fit with a mesh back to keep you cool under the desert sun.
The La Habana Straw Fedora ($32.00) is a lightweight classic fedora that will keep you in style through the warmer weather. The featured band accent gives this hat an edge that assure it always looks sharp. (https://www.turtlefur.com/)
4. Online shopping continues to be popular, but what makes the website UNKNWN.com different is that is the ultimate sneaker destination where you can find immediate access to the most coveted sneakers in the world. Their recently expanded women’s selection encompasses athletic and fashion bestsellers including the streetwear edition of the '90s running rebel Nike Womens Air Huarache City sneaker in olive green. The website is the vision of co-owner Jaron Kanfer and LeBron James.
5. New active wear labels such as AETHER (pronounced “e-ther”) emerged as a call to create modern, classic pieces that defy trends and seasons. The brandis a lifestyle collection for urban-dwelling, design-focused, well-traveled men and women. The brand provides modern, classic pieces in the Active section such as the Circuit Legging ($115), which is made primarily of quick-drying, stretch fabric and provides serious support and coverage. The flexible smart fabric warms you up when you’re cold and cools you down when you’re overheated.
Other items in the collection include the Active Tank ($75), which is made from a poly-spandex blend and is moisture wicking and breathable thanks to opaque mesh side panels that ensure you look good while remaining cool. A seemingly basic piece such as the Wright jacket ($265) is made from a lightweight breathable, water-resistant softshell fabric, which is perfect for long rides on the biking commute. All AETHER apparel is constructed with a lifetime manufacturing guarantee. (https://www.aetherapparel.com/)
6. Denim is trend right paired back to athletic apparel. Fashionable (www.livefashionable.com), another online shopping destination, is a lifestyle brand focused on ending generational poverty by working with women who have often overcome extraordinary circumstances. They manufacture directly in the communities they wish to impact, both locally and globally, creating jobs and ending the cycle of charity dependency.
Founded in 2010 by Barrett Ward as a means to bring job opportunities to disadvantaged women and communities reliant on charity, the label is focused on empowering women and provide exceptional pieces at fair prices. The site carries several denim items such as slouch jean and western shirt which are separates that act as layering pieces over athletic wear.
7. Since 2001, Brooks Running has been 100% focused on the run. The company sells its performance footwear, apparel, sports bras and accessories in more than 50 countries worldwide. Brooks’ purpose is to inspire everyone to run and be active by creating innovative gear designed to keep runners running longer, farther and faster.
Just launched, Levitate 2 is their newest running sneaker ($150) has DNA AMP midsole technology gives energy in every step. The 3D Fit Print and FitKnit upper comfortably accommodates your foot as it moves and expands. Despite the solid cushioning, the sneaker is lightweight and comfortable. This is my go-to sneaker for longer runs.
The company also has some solid athletic apparel such as the Cascadia short ($60), which is longer in length than most running shorts and doesn’t chafe the thighs. The Dash hoodie ($52-$80) is the ultimate layering piece because it is a lightweight pullover – just what you need on cooler days. (http://www.brooksrunning.com/on/demandware.store/Sites-BrooksRunning-Site)
8. Natural skincare and beauty continues to be a staple trend. FACE Stockholm has been providing quality skincare for over 30 years. This year they are relaunching the original Orange Cream ($52), which contains introduced Portulaca Oleracea, also known as Purslane, which is a leafy vegetable plant rich in antioxidants and omega 3 fatty acids. Another best seller is the Strawberry Jojoba Scrub ($24), which is paraben free and contains natural ingredients such as strawberry oil jojoba beads and honey. (https://www.facestockholm.com/)
The Organic Pharmacy (www.theorganicpharmacy.com) was the dream of Margo Marrone who was a pharmacist specializing in herbal medicine, nutrition and wellbeing with a focus on natural and alternate medicine.
While studying homeopathy, she became aware of the level of poisonous pesticides used in food and the questionable ingredients used in cosmetics. Margo then decided to use her herbal, homeopathic and pharmaceutical knowledge to create a shopping haven free from chemicals found in other stores. The Organic Pharmacy’s first store opened in 2002 in London on Kings Road and steadily grew – today they have stores and distribution all over the world.
9. Water is no longer just water anymore. HTWO hydrogen water is purported to promote energy, boot endurance and reduce fatigue without the addition of counterproductive sugars, caffeine and additives. HTWO™ Hydrogen Water is an elemental formula™ of molecular hydrogen (H2) gas infused into purified water. $2.99 per pouch (www.HTWO.com)
10. Healthy culinary expeditions as a destination are a big summer trend because visitors get to eat fresh and local ingredients. Located on charming Whidbey Island, 30 miles north of Seattle, the Inn at Langley is an upscale boutique hotel that offers an extraordinary dining experience with Northwest award-winning Chef Matt Costello at the helm.
Costello was also nominated for the James Beard Foundation Award in 2012.
The multi-course dinner features Whidbey Island’s freshest seasonal fare along with ingredients from around the world. Dinner is nothing short of exceptional as diners embark on a 3-hour long journey into the eclectic creations of Chef Costello.
Dinner is served every Friday, Sa inturday and Sunday night year-round and Thursday through Sunday nights during summer months July – August. There is one seating per night and reservations must be made in advance. For more information https://innatlangley.com/