All the Ways You’ll Be Practicing Self-Care in 2019
In our Winter issue, FASHION editors rounded up the 100 people, products and experiences we predict will blow up in 2019. It’s our inaugural Hot 100 Fuse List. From the food you’ll be craving, to the new designers and destinations you’ll see on your feed, this is your guide to being in the know next year. With the impending elections and the accompanying stress, next year you’ll get (even more) serious about self-care–both mental and physical. From “the Netflix of fitness” to the Brain Gym, here’s what self-care will look like in 2019.
Back in the olden days of 2012, meditation was something millions of people did all by their lonesome with only the Headspace app for company. But now, savvy start-ups are turning mindfulness into the new Pilates studio. While you’ve always been able to catch a deep-breathing class in the basement of your neighbourhood Buddhist temple, there’s been a recent explosion of spaces opening in Toronto that cater to the stressed-out masses in need of a meditation minute.
The Quiet Company, a relaxing studio with a low-key vibe, opened in the heart of King Street West in June. Then the high-tech Mindset Brain Gym in Yorkville—where you can monitor your brainwaves and breathe with a headband worn during class—joined the game. And now, the 465-square-metre Hoame studio has opened its doors, complete with a high-end eco mountain resort vibe, comfy couches, complimentary organic juice shots and a small gift shop filled with branded merch.
At Hoame, classes take place in the “dark” room—a womblike sanctuary with twinkly ceiling lights—or the “light” room, a bright studio with a living wall of tumbling greenery. You can also book chill-out sessions in a Himalayan-salt cave or an infrared sauna, attend special workshops or just bond with equally mindful chums in the swish hangout spaces. “For us, the biggest thing was to create a sense of community,” says Hoame co-owner Carolyn Plater-Zyberk. “We want to bring like-minded people together and have them hang out here.” –Lesa Hannah
Affectionately dubbed “the Netflix of fitness,” Peloton lets you roll out of bed and into a boutique Manhattan spin class without actually leaving your home. Here’s how it works: You take home a state-of-the-art cycle machine, and Peloton live-casts from its studio in NYC to your bike’s 22-inch touch screen. (If you snooze through the start time, just choose an on-demand class.)
You get the killer playlists, elite instructors and competitive energy of a fancy group fitness class but without the long shower line. Peloton’s cult following includes Ellen DeGeneres, Hugh Jackman and Kate Hudson. It launched late this year in Canada, so SoulCycle should start worrying. –Meghan McKenna
21: Cold Gyms
Of all the fitness crazes that seem to pop up each week, cold gyms are really bringing something new to the game. “Out of the 36,000 fitness concepts currently in the United States, we are the first to focus on exercising below 68ºF,” says Johnny Adamic, co-founder of Brrrn, the freezing fitness space that he opened in New York City earlier this year, promoting a brand-new “coldture” around exercise.
“It’s an abundance of heat, even in ambient temperatures, that gets in the way of a great workout,” says co-founder Jimmy T. Martin. Turns out heat makes you fatigue faster and you’ll burn more calories and fat as your body tries to warm itself. So the next time you want to work up a sweat, turn the thermostat down. –Lauren Hazlewood