01 Sep Anti-Aging and Rejuvenation
From drinking a gallon of water a day, to moisturizing your skin religiously every day to revitalize your skin – all of us have heard anti-aging advice from our mothers. This holds true for women across the world, regardless of their culture.
Individuals from all over the world are now proving that you can age gracefully, without having to go under the knife or splurging on an anti-aging cream. From the latest non-invasive technologies to age old beauty secrets, this article covers some of the rising trends in anti-aging and rejuvenation you don’t want to miss in 2018.
Infrared Saunas for Cellulite Treatment, Stress Reduction and more
With advancements in research in technology, scientists have now found a number of ways through which you can banish cellulite, without taking the surgical route.
One excellent method of reducing cellulite is infrared sauna. Infrared red saunas work by penetrating deep into the skin via infrared energy, liquefying cellulite and ridding it through sweat. While this may sound too good to be true, one study confirms its benefits.
According to this study, 20 participants with bilateral buttock and thigh cellulite were given biweekly treatments on one random side of their affected area, the untreated side acting as a control. The study found that the side that was treated with infrared therapy showed a reduction in thigh size compared to the control area.
Infrared sauna also aids in skin rejuvenation and anti-aging by reducing stress – a lethal contributor to premature skin aging. One study found that infrared sauna therapy helped improve symptoms of anxiety, irritability, mood swings, sleep disturbances and headaches.
Note that infrared therapy is not limited to aesthetic improvement only. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the National Health Survey shows that about 3.7 million Australians have back problems and it is estimated that at least 70-90% of Australian adults will suffer from lower back pain at some point of their lives.
Fortunately, lower back pain can be prevented with physical activity, maintaining proper posture and regular stretching. Studies show that you can also improve chronic low back pain with infrared therapy, without any adverse effects. The study also shows that other benefits of infrared sauna may include faster wound healing, increased endorphin levels and relief from arthritic pain.
Oxygen Therapy for Improved Skin Elasticity, Reduced Inflammation and Cell Turnover
Let’s first talk about why oxygen is an anti-aging secret.
Numerous anti-aging procedures focus on improving mitochondrial health. Mitochondria are organelles found in our cells that create expendable cellular energy – a process that requires oxygen. In essence, your body relies on oxygen to fuel itself.
According to researchers from the Universities of Bristol and St. Andrews, a rich supply of oxygen in the body does not only equate to healthy blood circulation, but also enhanced bodily functions and improved skin health. Researchers found that the color of an individual’s skin is an effective way of determining how healthy and how attractive they look. Not surprisingly, skin that is flushed and receiving ample oxygen (for example, following an intense workout) looks healthier and younger.
However, note that even though you’re constantly breathing and taking in oxygen to survive, your joints and organs may not be receiving enough oxygen to work optimally. This is where oxygen therapy can help.
Hyperbaric oxygen therapy takes place in an oxygen-dense, high pressure chamber. It’s an FDA approved form of therapy that bathes individual cells and organs in oxygen.
Oxygen therapy boosts organ, cell and skin health by boosting cell growth and tissue repair, reducing inflammation and swelling, increasing skin elasticity, and boosting immune system function. In addition, it increases ATP levels in the body, thereby elevating your energy levels and supporting quicker recovery from fatigue. This can help you exercise more effectively and with more vigor. In addition, it boosts mental clarity, focus and overall neurological functioning.
Yoga and Pilates for Flexibility, Strength and Back Pain
Yoga and Pilates have been popular for decades with countless celebrities swearing by their benefits. The Yoga and Pilates Studios industry has shown a stable growth over the past five years and the industry revenue is expected to rise at 3% annually through 2017-2018.
Even though aging can affect you physically, by reducing your strength, flexibility and balance, there’s a lot you can do to abate the impact it can have on your mind and body.
Yoga and Pilates are excellent examples of tried and tested anti-aging protocols that not only improve how you look on the outside, but also relieve symptoms of health problems that may come as you age. It doesn’t matter how old you are or where you are starting from, yoga and Pilates can be modified to suit your requirements.
Yoga has been practiced for centuries as a means of improving muscle strength, endurance and flexibility. It involves maintaining postures and holding them for several seconds or minutes and performing controlled deep breathing. What most forms of yoga have in common is that they boost aerobic movement and increase muscle tone and flexibility. Yoga has been known to reduce risk of osteoporosis, arthritis, high blood pressure, back pain and asthma. Some studies also show that restorative yoga may prevent hot flashes that occur during menopause.
Pilates is a popular choice among various age groups, including millennials and generation X, as you don’t have to worry about how your body will cope with this type of physical activity. Pilates is a system of movements engineered to develop your body’s core strength via stretching, balancing and proper breathing techniques. All movements start from your core and increasing its strength is critical as we enter middle age and further.
Increasing core strength also improves your flexibility, thereby making more movements more fluid and less strained. This minimizes body aches and may even prevent lower back pain. Your core muscles protect your spine and support bone density and strength, all of which are vital for individuals as they age, especially to reduce risk of back problems, arthritis and osteoporosis.
Are multisensory classes the future of fitness?
With boutique fitness clubs gaining popularity, studios are now coming up with ways to amp fitness classes with more than just a mood-lifting, meticulously curated playlist. Over the past few years, fitness studios have started experimenting with features beyond uplifting music, to stimulate all five senses. Multisensory classes are becoming the next big thing as they introduce live music, videos that take you to different locations, essential oils, making your workout a more immersive experience.