124: my fitness and wellness predictions for 2023

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Every year, it’s fun to look into my fitness crystal ball and see what I think the biggest trends in the industry will be. I’m now a liiiittle apprehensive about these types of posts, especially since I originally thought 2020 would be less dependent on gadgets and technology… and we all know how that went.

Over the past year, we saw a shift back to in-person classes and training after being mostly or completely virtual for a couple of years. Classes are bigger than ever, people are working out in the gym, and it’s been a testament for the value of in-person training and connection. Technology can be a convenient tool, but can’t fully replace the value of in-person training.

When I train clients in person, I’m able to see the full picture of their movements. When I watch you doing a squat, I’m not just counting reps. I’m looking at your shoulders, torso, core engagement, knees, ankle flexion, any foot rotation, and glute engagement. I can see SOME of these things on a screen, but not all of them. I absolutely think that in-person training and fitness will continue to see a higher year!


Here are some more of my predictions for 2023:

Nutrition and training for health over aesthetics

– Maybe it’s also due to the accounts I follow and the voices I surround myself with online, but I see a continued emphasis on training for function and health instead of purely looking a certain way. Of course there are still those trash reels and TikToks (do this video and you’ll be so sore you want to die! Or do this video if you want a nice butt in 10 minutes!), but for the most part, I see training for longevity and overall wellness. I think there will be a continued emphasis on mobility training, rest, recovery strategies, walking, progressive strength training and strategic cardio.

Pilates and Megaformer are going to have a huge year

I KNOW I’m not supposed to loop them into the same category, but in my mind, they are similar (even though I know they’re very different). I feel like yoga has gotten a lot of love over the past few years and while Pilates will always be popular, it’s definitely having a moment right now.

Peloton will continue to plateau and potentially decline as people return to more in-person cycling cl

Cabbage Roll Soup

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Made with ground beef, rice, and all the traditional flavors of cabbage rolls this fragrant cabbage roll soup is as cozy as it gets.

Cabbage Roll Soup in white pottery with bread slices

Stuffed Cabbage Soup

Cabbage rolls have been a long-time part of my frequently made recipe rotation. There is just something comforting about the flavors in these recipes.

Over the years, our recipe has evolved to be a less labor-intense layered cabbage roll casserole. These Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls deliver a quick skillet meal too, when I don’t have time or motivation for much more than that.

Given my love of soups in cooler weather turning cabbage rolls into soup just made so much sense. And boy am I glad I did!

It doesn’t get much better than a simmering pot of soup on a cold day. Or delivering soup to a friend when they have been under the weather.

Body and soul-warming soup is definitely a love language for me. I enjoy the feeling it brings of slowing down to pause and enjoy a meal as you blow on a steaming hot spoon full of delicious flavor.

What gives cabbage rolls their distinct flavor to me is that splash of vinegar and just a touch of sugar and this recipe for cabbage roll soup is much the same.

Cabbage rolls taste distinctly different without those two ingredients. Those two tiny little things are not to be skipped.

Cabbage Roll Soup with wooden spoon in white pot

How to Make Cabbage Roll Soup

To avoid having to drain the ground beef, I often use a 90/10 blend. There will be minimal to no grease left behind.

The reason that I don’t drain the ground beef in cabbage roll soup is because, as the beef browns, I like to add my seasonings to really allow them to season the beef.

When the beef is almost done, add your o

How the pursuit of wellbeing unites us all

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Whatever route we explore to achieve it, and whatever unique barriers we face, there is a unifying desire that connects us all: to nurture our wellbeing

How the pursuit of wellbeing unites us all

In my time doing this job, I’ve sat down with a lot of different people. I’ve chatted with global superstars, actors, singers, and models. But also, artists, activists, authors, campaigners, community leaders, volunteers, people going through incredibly tough times, ordinary people doing extraordinary things – and, one time, a troupe of burlesque dancers.

You’ve probably noticed this in your own life, but two things I’ve learnt are: 1. The experiences we’ve had, the people we’ve mixed with, the causes we care about, and the ways we live our lives come together to create very unique people with very unique thoughts, feelings, and ideas. And, 2. There is so much that unites us.

People talk about a ‘universal language’ – something that can be understood by every human being, no matter their background, or what language they speak. Some may point to music as an example of this. Dance is another one, and football might edge its way in there, too. But something that the era of silent films shows us is that so much can be conveyed by tapping into the very basics of the human experience: our emotions, our passion – our actions, and our reactions.

In issue 71, we look at how the pursuit of wellbeing connects us all. We assess the importance of queer spaces on p28, and highlight the need to bring Traveller mental health conversations into the mainstream on p57. On p16, we explore how the Victorian tradition of a ‘change of air’ could reset our minds and help us find a sense of peace. And, on p32, we meet an 85-year-old and a 31-year-old who moved in together as part of an innovative scheme that addresses some of the UK’s most pressing issues.

From the six pillars of work-life balance (p36) to mastering the ‘physiological sigh’ (p39), this issue is also overflowing with tips and ideas that you can take with you to make an immediate difference in your life.

How the pursuit of wellbeing unites us all

But that's not all. The issue 71 print edition includes:

Fascinating features on parasocial relationships, yoga for desk workers, the joy of reading aloud, and recognising when you're being emotionally invalidated.

Life-changing hacks on dealing with information overload, navigating unwanted diet advice, and helping kids develop healthy gaming habits.

Expert advice on topics such as how to be more open-minded, dealing with intergenerational trauma, and an exploration of OCD.

Other people are endlessly fascinating. We can gain so much from their know

HigherDOSE PEMF GO Mat Review

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Reviewing the HigherDOSE PEMF GO Mat for people who want relaxation, pain relief, and improved sleep. I’m sharing how I use it for all three at the same time! If you’re interested in getting one of your own, check out the link here and use FITNESSISTA15. I’m also a huge fan of the HigherDOSE sauna blanket and the red light face mask. 

Hi friends! How are you? I hope you’re having a wonderful morning! I’m packing up for a little upcoming trip and getting everything ready to go. Ready for some (more) California beach air!

For today’s post, I figured it was time I did a full review for something I use every.single.day: the infrared PEMF Go Mat. I’ve posted about it quite a bit and many friends on IG agreed that it’s worth the hype and one of the best things ever. When I first ordered the mat over a year ago, I knew I wanted something to bring me pockets of relaxation but also energy throughout the day. That’s exactly what it does for me, and today, I’m sharing all the details!

Friendly reminder to check with your doctor before using any new wellness gadgets to make sure it’s a fit for you! This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

PEMF technology promotes rest and digest, which can have a calming effect on the mind.

PEMF technology was originally used by NASA to promote health of the astronauts while in space. PEMF stands for Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy, and is designed to mimic the vibrations found in nature. These vibrations interact with our organs and tissues to help promote healing and relaxation. It’s been scientifically shown to potentially reduce aches, pains, inflammation, improve circulation, and other ailments. It’s been FDA approved for decades and is used in animals as well as humans. You may have seen PEMF used by doctors, surgeons, physical therapists, and chiropractors. Thankfully, they now have lower-cost and portable versions like this, so you can get the benefits at home!

Some studies regarding PEMF technology:

Successful application in post-COVID fatigue regarding mental wellbeing and energy

Effectiveness with neck pain improvement

Improved pain, stif