As we eagerly welcome the New Year, we often craft a wish list to improve our health or meet our fitness targets. Masala highlights six trends that will make your goals more guided and enjoyable to pursue. It’s time to look forward to a new chapter by embracing physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing.
1. Warehouse Gyms and Sport Centres
Many of us feel claustrophobic at gyms. They are too packed for us to feel at ease, while the icy air-conditioning bothers our breathing. Memberships can also be costly, especially if you are a busy individual who can’t commit. So what is the best solution? Outdoor workout spaces! Whether you prefer your pool area, joining a warehouse gym or playing sports at centres, the choice is yours.
As warehouse gyms and sports centres rise in popularity, we pick our favourite two – Training Ground that provides a raw and dynamic outdoor environment; and Big Box which is also a sports centre with Muay Thai facilities and badminton courts. Both have big open spaces that allow you to breathe, sweat and feel alive.
Training Ground Rama 4
3798 Rama 4 Road, Klong Tan, Khlong Toei, Bangkok 10110
Close to Thonglor BTS and Channel 3 Building
Open from Mondays to Fridays from 6.30am to 7pm, and
Saturdays from 11am to 3pm
Tel: 02 035 8359
Training Ground Sukhumvit 69
36/2 Sukhumvit Soi 69, Prakanong, Wattana, Bangkok 10110
Close to Phra Khanong BTS
Open from Mondays to Fridays from 7am to 9pm, and Saturdays
to Sundays from 9.30am to 4pm
Tel: 097 396 7599
Big Box Rama 4
3798 Road, Rama 4 Klongtan, Khlong Toei, Bangkok 10110
Open from Mondays to Fridays from 8am to 11.55pm, and Saturdays to Sundays from 10am to 10pm
Tel: 083 049 1111
2. Digital Detoxes and Wi-Fi Free Retreats
“I’m quitting Facebook, I need to be more productive” and “I don’t use Instagram anymore” are common phrases we often hear our friends and coworkers say. Everyone knows, but may still deny, that social media and our unlimited access to Wi-Fi is harmful to our productivity and mental health. For those who are not able to self-govern their consumptions, there are tools and applications to help.
Unplug with these productivity applications
Rescue Time is an app that can be used in any operating system. It monitors everything you do online, measuring how productive you have been on a daily basis.
Offtime blocks distracting apps like Facebook and games, while filtering communication. The app will summarise how often you use your Smartphone. You can also create modes such as work, family or me time to easily switch between what is needed in each time of the day or week.
Techniques to Restrict Social Media Usage in 2018:
Limits. Set a challenging yet attainable limit. An example would be not using social media during work hours. Another would be checking Facebook and Instagram only once a week.
Separate. Separate productive social applications from unproductive ones. For instance, LinkedIn and Line could be grouped in one folder. While Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat may be considered non-productive and you may choose to place this in a different folder.
Delete. Deleting the unproductive social media apps would no longer give you the temptation to open them.
Talk about it. Tell your partner or friends that you have decided to terminate your social media consumption. Stating it out loud will make you feel accountable for it. It may also encourage others to do the same.
Reconsider your posts. If you have a posting addiction, limit your upload to once a month and only put up moments that are important to you.
Deactivate. Every year, deactivate your account for three months. Measure how you feel and evaluate how your productivity has changed.
3. Express Lunch Time Workouts
Instead of scheduling a workout commitment after work, many have now started going to the gym at lunch time. And why not? You save yourself from the 5pm to 8pm rush hour traffic, while boosting your productivity. Going to exercise mid-day means that you return to work energised and ready to tackle your next set of activities.
Studios that offer lunch-time workouts:
F45 Training Asok on Sukhumvit Soi 20 (Novotel Bangkok Sukhumvit 20) has classes from 11am to 11.45am.
Base on Sukhumvit Soi 36 (Noble Remix Building 2) and North Sathorn Road (Sathorn Thai 2 Building) offers classes at 12.10pm to 12.55pm
The Lab on Sukhumvit Soi 31 (RSU Tower) and Silom 1 Alley (NST One Building) hosts classes from 12.15pm to 12.45pm.
Absolute Cycle on Thonglor Soi 17 (The Commons) and Ploenchit Road (Amarin Studio) has sessions from 12.15 to 1pm.
Lullaby Yoga on South Sathorn Road (Life Centre, Q House) has
classes from 12.15pm to 1.15pm.
4. Anti-Inflammatory Diets and Turmeric
Health experts are now outlining the importance of anti-inflammatory foods. Low-inflammatory diets ensure that we do not inflame our guts, while providing steady energy and nutrients through vitamins, minerals, dietary fibre and protective phytonutrients. Overall, this diet means that we consume less refined, processed foods and more wholesome and fresh meals.
Recommended anti-inflammatory foods to use:
Recommended inflammatory foods to avoid:
Deep fried foods
Giselle Bündchen follows an anti-inflammatory diet. She attributes her physique to what she eats.
Turmeric Latte or Golden Milk
The prevalence of turmeric drinks support two key trends — anti-inflammatory foods and coffee alternatives. We are starting to discover the need for consuming anti-inflammatory foods after we exercise to reduce injuries and soreness. At the same time, we are also learning of the harmful effects caffeine has on our adrenal gland. Turmeric is the perfect substitute to feel and live well.
Make your own Golden Milk, or Haldi Doodh as our grandmothers may have called it!
• 2 cups of unsweetened almond milk
• 1 tsp of turmeric
• 1 tsp of any sweetener, such as agave, maple syrup
or coconut syrup
• 1/2 tsp of cinnamon
• 2 to 3 pods of slightly grounded cardamom
• A small pinch of ground or fresh ginger
• A small pinch of ground pepper
1. Heat almond on the stove using low heat
2. Add turmeric, cinnamon, cardamom, sweetener and pepper
3. Stir frequently for about three minutes until the milk is warm,
4. Remove milk from heat and strain
5. Optional: use a milk frother to froth the milk for a few seconds
Others ways to incorporate turmeric into your diet…
Turmeric can be cooked into rice, used with tofu scrambles to replicate the colour of eggs, added into soups and curries, and used to boost your smoothies. Remember that adding a pinch of black pepper will help absorb the curcumin in the spice. However, if you are pregnant or nursing, please consult with your doctor before incorporating turmeric into your diet.
5. Channeling Your Inner Child
From adult colouring to jumping at urban trampoline parks, and watching action-packed superhero movies, we all love embracing our inner child. A few hours of video games a week or collecting miniature cars can tremendously help lower our stress levels. Multiple female-oriented products, such as Starbucks Unicorn Frappuccino or Bobbi Brown Art Sticks, have also emerged to help bring out the little girl inside.
Besides lowering stress levels, rocking your inner child also encourages creativity. It can bring you back to a state where you were less sceptical, and more of a dreamer.
6. Plant-Based Diets
It’s not all about being vegan but rather introducing more plant-based foods. While many are discovering their inability to tolerate lactose, countless local brands at convenient stores are specialising in plant-based milk such as Dutch Mill Dna UHT Soy Milk with Almond Milk (B36 for 3×230 ml) and
Malee Nutrient Almond Milk (B25 for 180 ml). There is also the recently launched Better Vegan Shake (B69) made with organic Italian almond milk and plant-based proteins, a perfect non-dairy post-workout drink. This protein shake can be purchased on
Restaurants and cafes are also jumping on the bandwagon with more vegetarian options, as consumers are attempting a ‘reducetarian’ lifestyle — less meat and more greens throughout the week. This transitory and gradual approach has proven to be effective for those who want to eventually cut out all animal products from their diets.
So which trend are you ready to try?