Health & Fitness Predictions for 2018

A few thoughts.

We've looked at the possible future of both health & fitness many times over the years - Workout Clothing, Virtual Training Partners, various medical discoveries and of course the Gymchats. Particularly 176 and 224.

Continuing those thoughts, here are a few items that may make an appearance over the next year or so. Health & Fitness Predictions for 2018.

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Graphene begins to be used in high-end sports clothing. First cab off the rank - running shoes.

Many more medical conditions move from 'no treatment available' to 'treatable' and even 'curable' in some cases. This includes a number of neurodegenerative conditions - with everything from Parkinsons to ALS being aided to some degree.

Brain implants to assist with memory recall first used in Alzheimer's patients. This is a wonderful extension of the 'Deep Brain Stimulation' idea, and will undoubtedly lead to assistance with several more memory-related conditions - and ultimately for everyone who simply wants a boost in that regard.

Partial removal of senescent cells performed on patients with no obvious medical need (elective surgery). This is to (hopefully) slow the aging process in humans - it already shows promise in mice.

Medical drone distribution centers begin to appear. These are to quickly distribute medical supplies in remote areas.

NB : future incarnations should be fairly mobile, for use in disaster-hit areas.

Probiotic supplements begin to hit the market. I suspect the Fitbiomics ones will be first.

Several Personal Trainer audio assistants (in headphone form) available for runners, cyclists, swimmers - many of them with integration to other apps + services. If you're a fitness professional of any kind, this presents a wonderful opportunity.

General Trends

Wearables gradually become more accurate, and several of them are certified as diagnostic devices. Think smartwatches, contact lenses, temporary tattoos and earbuds.

As Augmented Reality devices (and the associated software) continue to improve, 'Virtual Workouts' will appear in various incarnations. Everything from 'product 'x' in your living room' to an ability to work out in your idealised fantasy gym.

Air pollution continues to disappear, globally. 2018 is very likely to see the release of many new electric cars, the launch of electric car-sharing schemes, electric cargo ships and a whole lot more.


Incidentally - if you're wondering how we did last time around, here's the list.



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