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A whole mood.
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.
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.
Black Female Wellness Influencers Are Taking Over
If you’re a white woman looking for advice about your hair, skin, mental health, lifestyle changes, or self-care, you have a seemingly endless stream of content to peruse. It’s a different story for women of color. If you google “wellness influencers,” the dozens of photos that pop up are overwhelmingly white. White women doing yoga. White women smiling over green juice. White women posed serenely with plants. If you’re a white woman looking for advice about your hair, skin, mental health, lifestyle changes, or self-care, you have a seemingly endless stream of content to peruse.
Beauty and fitness editor Rachel Lapidos braved a HIIT class, 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.
One-legged down-dogs and camel pose are tricky enough to master on the mat, so imagine trying to. 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.
Hanoi shut down its 'train street' cafes because they were overrun with selfie-taking tourists
Hanoi, Vietnam government officials to shut down cafes along its famous "train street." They've already barricaded parts of the area off.
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. I also learned some cool cocktail-party trivia—like, did you know people with long second toes are thought to be extra creative?
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. 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.
Look of the Day
Lupita Nyong'o looked absolutely beautiful while wearing an on-trend yellow dress and jacket by Toccin, Alexandre Birman pink shoes ($298;
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 tointo 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.
"Rainbow crystal light therapy" may sound like the name of an EDM band, but as What the Wellness? host Ella Dove found out,. 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.
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. 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.
More Hotel Guests Steal Mattresses Than You Might Think, Survey Reveals
Plenty of people end up taking home small things from hotels, especially those little, complimentary soaps. But what about the bigger stuff, like hairdryers, bathrobes, or mattresses? © Getty ImagesWell, those go missing more than you might think. Yes, even the mattresses. A study by Wellness Heaven revealed that about 4.2 percent of the 1,157 four and five-star hotels (634 four-star hoteliers and 523 five-star hoteliers) surveyed have reported their mattresses mysteriously going missing. Obviously, these mattresses aren’t just getting up and walking out in the middle of the night.
Video: Not-so-obvious reasons you’re waking up in the middle of the night (Provided by Buzz60)
I visited the top of the tallest building in the world, and it was a colossal waste of time .
While the Burj Khalifa in Dubai is a marvel from below, heading to the top is an exhausting, overhyped, and, frankly, boring experience.