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Health & Fit The weirdest wellness things we tried this year (and the verdicts)

20:40  26 december  2019
20:40  26 december  2019 Source:   wellandgood.com

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If there's one thing to be said about life as a wellness reporter, it's that boredom is not part of the job description. Team Well+Good spends hours each month trying new fitness trends, testing new technology, and vetting woo-woo wellness practitioners—and as you can imagine, some of the opportunities that cross our desks are more out-there than others.

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As 2019 winds down, we're looking back on some of the most out-there products, experiences, and fitness trends we tried this year. Not all of them got our seal of approval, but we did take something away from every oddball experience. Keep reading to find out which weird wellness activities you might want to add to your 2020 itinerary, and which ones you can confidently skip.

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1. I worked out in CBD-laced leggings—and boy, do I have some feels

Beauty and fitness editor Rachel Lapidos braved a HIIT class wearing Acabada's CBD-infused leggings and sports bra, in hopes that they'd help ward off post-workout soreness. While one osteopathic doctor claims the concept may not be as bonkers as it sounds, our intrepid reporter says she didn't notice much of a difference in her recovery.

2. If you've heard of goat yoga, it's time to level up and try horseback yoga

One-legged down-dogs and camel pose are tricky enough to master on the mat, so imagine trying to nail these yoga poses atop a horse. What the Wellness? host Ella Dove did exactly this during a trip to Malibu's Shakti Ranch, and although there were some wobbly moments, she walked away feeling totally connected and strong. "Of all the things I've done on this show, this was the most rewarding," she says.

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3. I went to a toe reader to get insight into my life path—and the results were totally on point

During a trip to the Four Seasons Resort in Punta Mita, Mexico, I had a session with the property's resident toe reader. (Think palm reading, but focusing on your feet.) I walked in with low expectations, but to my surprise, I found her assessment to be eerily spot-on. I also learned some cool cocktail-party trivia—like, did you know people with long second toes are thought to be extra creative?

4. I got into bed with a sleep robot for 3 weeks and have never known deeper love—or rest

It "breathes," it plays lullabies, it comes with its own birth certificate. But the main thing you need to know about the Somnox Sleep Robot is that it helped lifestyle writer Mary Grace Garis get three weeks of ultra-refreshing sleep. She was also a fan of the robot's snuggle factor, since cuddling something—even a non-sentient object, apparently—gives you an automatic hit of oxytocin, a hormone that gives you warm and fuzzy feels.

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5. By scheduling time to do nothing every day for a week, I learned the secret to creativity

Could boredom be an unexpected route to brilliance? A growing number of experts seem to think so, which is why news writer Kells McPhillips decided to schedule "DO NOTHING" appointments into her Google Cal for five straight days. By the end of the week, she was pulling short-story ideas and article pitches out of thin air, proving that staring into space might be the best productivity hack of them all.

6. Heal your chakras in the most colorful way using rainbow crystal light therapy

"Rainbow crystal light therapy" may sound like the name of an EDM band, but as What the Wellness? host Ella Dove found out, it's actually a supremely woo-woo energy healing experience. After a meditation and Reiki session atop an amethyst bed—with a bunch of other mystical modalities in the mix—Dove reports that she felt deeply relaxed and present. Mission, accomplished.

7. I went to a speed-dating workout class and—spoiler—I'm still single

Research shows that breaking a sweat is a great way of bonding with others, so speed-dating workouts aren't the strangest fitness trends. But in reality, beauty and fitness editor Zoe Weiner found it awkward to flirt while also focusing on crunches and treadmill sprints. The night wasn't a total bust, however: She did leave with one of her workout buddies' digits, which is more than I can say for my last few dating-app swipe sessions.

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