Lifestyle trends are always changing. And these changes are most often seen in the way we live, the sports we practice, the clothes we wear, and how we behave.
Previous generations preferred living in houses. Then it became about having an apartment. Now it is a combination of both. As for sports, the man of yesteryear loved football and basketball. He then moved into finesse activities like tennis and golf.
What your grandmother wore to the office is very different from what your mother did and what you do now. Never mind what she believed in and how she expressed it.
As people evolve and trends come and go, let us look at what is popular now in houses, sports, fashion, and culture.
Home: Seamless Blend in Spaces
One of the most fun-filled events to hold on a weekend with your friends is a barbecue. It is also an American tradition. After working hard for five days straight, families and friends get together to drink a few beers, eat some good food, and enjoy chatting away until the late hours of the night.
More often than not, the perfect barbecue is an outdoor event. Still, most of the prepping takes place inside. As a result, guests will be in and out of the house for most of the day.
This brings us to a prevalent home trend currently at the vanguard, the seamless blend in spaces. With the use of adequate lighting, retractable shades and window awnings, and proper furnishing, outdoor and indoor spaces can be combined to create a sexy and sophisticated atmosphere for you to spend quality time with colleagues and loved ones.
Sports: The Beauty of Non-Tradition
A few years ago, if you asked any man about the sports he practiced, he would probably answer football, baseball, basketball, and tennis. As for a lady, her response would most likely include jogging, swimming, hiking, and cycling.
Almost a quarter into the 21st century, things have changed. The meteoric rise of mixed martial arts promotions like One, Bellator, and the UFC has created enormous interest in combat sports like boxing, karate, wrestling, and jiu-jitsu. There has also been an increase in popularity in non-conventional athletic activities such as CrossFit, parkour, triathlons, and high-intensity interval training.
Aside from an all-encompassing workout that leaves your body looking like that of a gladiator, the modern man is also looking for excitement and skill. Hence, traditional sports are but a fraction of what people incorporate into any exercise and fitness routine.
Fashion: Always On the Go
One of the main consequences of societal development is the absence of time. People living and working in urban areas around the world are busier than ever before. Apart from having to deal with the pressures of a successful career, many men and women have to raise kids, take care of their parents, go to the gym, and build social networks.
Hence, spending too much time getting ready for work or next Friday’s birthday party is something people cannot afford. Gone are the days when a woman would take more than two hours to prepare to go to the office, or a man could indulge in a daily, traditional morning shave.
Instead, what people have to do today is mix and match, adapt, and make the best possible use of the clothing items they have.
Luckily, fashion brands, both big and small, are starting to understand the value of speed and convenience. The clothing items of today are multi-purpose pieces fit for any situation one might encounter.
Culture: Social Consciousness
Young people today are more and better informed than at any other time in history. The internet is the main reason for this, as is the proliferation of information. In the past, people used to hear about events happening halfway across the world in days. Today, it is a matter of seconds. No matter where the information comes from or how obscure it might seem, everybody finds out about it in the blink of an eye.
A positive aspect stemming from this is the degree of social consciousness found in our youth. Whether it is about issues with race, the gay movement, environmental protection, animal welfare, or access to education, more and more teens and people in their twenties are starting to get involved.
The result is real change, change that only comes through participation and having your voice heard. We live in a time when misbehavior cannot be hidden, even at the highest levels, and real pressure exists to do what is right.
Seamless environments, non-traditional sports, fast fashion, and social consciousness are four key lifestyle trends. They will continue to define how people behave for the years to come.