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Health and wellness trends that fit a busy lifestyle


Referring to the importance of sound body and mind, “Health is wealth” is an axiom accepted by every­one. It means that when one does not feel in the state of physical, mental and social well-being, wealth means nothing. So health is the real wealth in this life.

However, many people often overlook this gem of a concept because of many factors.

For one, on top of the demands of a busy lifestyle, workout routines and healthy regimens become boring and uninteresting after a while — or simply get too hard to stick to.

There are new health routines and practices that could get one back on track toward wellness. Today, The Manila Times and one of the the country’s leading insurers AXA Philippines share new trends that could revive one’s interest in a healthier lifestyle.

Sound bath does not involve water and soap. It is an alternative healing practice that uses sounds and sonic waves to calm the body and mind.

Online workout subscriptions. If it’s hard to go to the gym, a few clicks on the computer or mobile phone can lead to online fitness programs that will help one get fit in the comfort the home. Costing only between P500 to P1,000 per month, one or two of the various exercise routines offered by workout website may be suitable even to the busiest person.

Sound bath. Despite its name, sound baths do not involve water and soap. It is an alternative healing practice that uses sounds and sonic waves to calm the body and mind. Lying on the back with eyes closed, sound bath healers will produce relaxing music using Himalayan singing bowls, crystal bowls, gongs, chimes, Biosonic tuning forks, shamanic drumming, and other percussion instruments. This auditory approach for deep relaxation and meditation has become popular as the sounds slowly allow one to relax fully and explore the inner self.

Sleep technologies. It is recommended that adults aged 18 to 64 should get seven to nine hours of sleep per day. Not getting enough sleep can weaken the immune system, affect bodily functions, and even increase the risk of future respiratory diseases and cardio-cerebral vascular illnesses. Several companies have developed state-of-the-art devices that can enhance natural sleep and ultimately improve a person’s lifestyle: wristbands and smartwatches, temperature regulators, bedside monitors, and smart beds and mattresses to help you get a good night’s rest.

Digital detox. Technology has caused unnecessary stress and emotional strain to many so a growing number of people are trying to “disconnect to reconnect.” Digital detoxification can effectively reduce stress, improve emotional state, increase work productivity and boost social interaction. It comes surprising at how logging off from social media and limiting use of electronic devices can improve physical and mental wellness.

Intuitive eating. This is perfect for those who find it difficult to follow a strict diet. This no-diet approach is all about eating when hungry and stopping when full. Intuitive eating encourages people to have a healthy attitude toward food and body image, and to honor their hunger by finding ways to satisfy it in a healthy way. It also helps people cope with stress and other extreme emotions without using food as a coping mechanism. Intuitive eating does not only focus on losing weight, but highlights the need to feel energized, strong and alive.

As poor health choices can lead to critical illnesses that can affect anyone at any age, it is important to get protection from the financial repercussions of getting sick. AXA Philippines has several health plans that suit the budget, no matter what life stage one is in.

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