Health & Wellness Now Trendier than Material Goods, Survey Says

In case you haven’t noticed the latest social media fads and hashtags, the Millennial generation has made being physically and mentally fit a new trend. According to a recent survey, an astounding 72 percent of people between the ages of 18 and 37 prefer to spend their money on personal wellness and experiences, rather than material goods, pointing to a shift in the way that this generation is viewing the importance of physical and mental health.

These changing viewpoints are expected to bring about continued changes in healthcare trends, both in the industry and through the increased use and demand for at-home, “DIY” apps and devices. Below are just a few of the up-and-coming health and wellness trends to look for in the coming year.

DNA Testing

Just five years ago, the idea of sending a sample of your saliva for DNA testing and then getting your results conveniently delivered to you in the mail might have sounded like science-fiction. But the reality is that this service will continue to become more and more available to the general public, as companies like 23andMe and ORIG3N are rapidly gaining popularity.

Aside from the benefit of finding out more about where your family tree is rooted, DNA testing also has the potential to provide users with vital information regarding specific health risks that could arise.

Individualized  genetic testing could help the public to better understand their health risks and even take steps to prevent chronic illness.

“Edible Beauty” Trend

Dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals, and herbs are becoming increasingly popular among Millennials, Gen Xers, and Baby Boomers alike. But the biggest trend in health supplements is “edible beauty,” which describes the use of these supplements as a way to improve the appearance of skin and hair. The idea behind the trend is that by fueling your body with the right nutrients, you can achieve the clear skin or glowing hair you want without having to take drastic measures.

Fitness Festivals

In a way, fitness festivals have already been making their mark on current health and wellness trends, with the advent of huge events like Tough Mudder and Color Run. These types of fitness trends are expected to continue to grow in popularity, especially as even bigger events like Virgin Sport take the stage.

Are Health & Wellness Trends Headed in the Right Direction?

Right now, it seems that the shifting focus from material goods to improved physical and mental health can only yield positive outcomes. What do you think? Feel free to share your thoughts and ideas with us and fellow community members on the Allegheny-Kiski Health Foundation’s Facebook page!