I hope that you are feeling refreshed and ready to take on a new year. If you're anything like me, although 2017 is now our present, you've been thinking about the future and how to make it brighter. Well, we're not alone. The sports world has been doing a lot of thinking and a lot of doing in order to evolve in 2017 and beyond. Here are four of my futuristic favorites from my New Year's reading:
- NASCAR Humans: This article by Delaware North is a manifesto detailing their projections for the future of sports. Perhaps most interesting (and disturbing) are their projections for athletes themselves. The article says that, "Professional and scholastic sports will essentially become like NASCAR, with the human body regulated the way stock cars are. The often-hypocritical stigma against self-optimization in sports will disappear as the ability to improve one’s own genetic makeup goes mainstream."
- Footbonaut: If Mark Zuckerberg has a butler built with artificial intelligence, why can't a footballer? Berlin based designer, Christian Guttler, is bringing artificial intelligence to football in a way that helps players build better speed and cognition.
- 3D Printing: For athletes and for any runner who wants customized footwear, NewBalance CEO has announced the company's new 3D printed running shoe, saying: "The Zante Generate demonstrates the strength of New Balance design and innovation and will allow consumers to own a piece of of running technology history."
Adidas is following suit, bringing their own 3D printed shoe to market in August 2017. According to the Adidas Future Team, this first shoe "is just the beginning. Creating customized shoes based on an individual's footprint - including their running style, foot shape, performance needs and personal preferences - is a north star for the industry and Adidas is leading with cutting edge innovations."
- Crawling: The Washington Post published an article about the future of sports rehab entitled 'Crawling is the new plank': Improve strength and mobility by moving like a baby. The title speaks for itself and the article is as entertaining as it is informative.
While I am fascinated by these articles, my approach to health in 2017 will be less futuristic. In 2017, I have resolved to spend more time researching what is best for MY health. I won't be looking to follow the newest fads or trends - okay, maybe I'll try crawling out once - and I will not be following any get-skinny-fast plans or trying any fix-all cleanses. It is not because those are bad, it's just that they're not what I have decided is best for my health plan.
In 2017, I would encourage you to also develop your own health plan as well. You are different than every other person you know, so why shouldn't your approach to health fit you, personally?
Personally, for example, I am concerned about my immune system. Since the age of 12, my body has constantly been in attack mode...against itself. Because my body has turned into its own fight club, I experience a lot of pain and a lot of fatigue. My health plan in 2017, then, will mostly be focused on overcoming these two symptoms.
In case you are interested (or nosy like me), here is my plan so far:
- Yoga: I cannot DEAL with yoga unless it's hot yoga, so I am excited that YogaPod is opening a location in Littleton. If you live in the area, they are offering an unreal membership deal right now. Jump on it HERE.
- Diet: How Not To Die: Discover the Foods Scientifically Proven to Prevent and Reverse Disease by Michael Greger, M.D. is on my nightstand for diet guidance. It's weird to say, but it is written so wisely and with so much empathy that I keep thinking that a woman wrote it.
- Medication: Talk to your doctor on this one. I try to stay away from steroids, take small doses, and forgo medicine completely if I can remedy something naturally.
- Furthering Research: My family has a long history of autoimmune disorders and it is likely that history will carry on. Because of that, I am proud to support people and brands who further research to find cures, not only for autoimmune diseases but for any disease that I may face in the future or that my (potential) children will face in the future.
One brand that I am hoping to support further in 2017 is Love Your Melon.
You may be guessing that Love Your Melon sells really cute, really cozy hats. You're right on. Love Your Melon is an apparel brand dedicated to giving a hat to every child battling cancer in America as well as supporting nonprofit organizations who lead the fight against pediatric cancer.
Love Your Melon:
- Is on a mission to improve the lives of children battling cancer
- Donates 50% of net profit from the sale of all products are donated to nonprofit partners in the fight against pediatric cancer
I am encouraged by Love Your Melon not only because they do have a truly great product and an amazing staff, but they also have a fierce sense of dedication to their mission. If donating to cancer research fits in your trajectory for 2017, I would encourage a visit to Love Your Melon's website. A Love Your Melon beanie is also a great way to honor someone who is fighting cancer or who has fought cancer. You can even request a hat for a someone you know, if it would bring a smile to their face. In 2017, I hope that you sport a beanie on your melon proudly and spread some smiles with it.