From home design to wellness-inspired communities, the trend for improving our wellness is flourishing. The terms wellness architecture and wellness communities are the buzz these days. These design approaches can enhance health and longevity, which resonates strongly with aging baby boomers and health-conscious Generation Z and millennials.
A recent 2023 survey by Mindbody reveals a telling trend: Gen Z and millennials spend more on wellness than other generations, and over half of the baby boomers prioritize wellness more than ever. This shift signifies a broader societal movement towards valuing healthy aging and longevity, notes
Living a wellness-oriented lifestyle is almost second nature for residents of Boulder County and surrounding areas. The defining traits of wellness communities – focusing on physical and mental health, regular exercise, and group activities – have much in common with our everyday reality.
Critical features of wellness communities include walking, hiking and bike riding trails and community gardens, in addition to tennis and pickleball courts, pools and game rooms, reports Realtor.com. Residents of these communities engage with these activities regularly, much like Colorado residents who make getting out onto the trials a regular part of their daily living. With over 120 miles of trails outside our front door, it’s easy to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Our home design is also being integrated into the wellness trend. Dubbed “wellness architecture,” this design philosophy integrates elements that enhance health and longevity within our homes. Wellness architecture can be a full-scale makeover, but more minor, easier changes can be made. These might include a standing desk, a built-in compost bin, or opting for paint and other materials with low or no volatile organic compounds, also known as VOCs. VOCs are found in various building and home improvement materials like paint, but because they’re so caustic, manufacturers have started creating low- and no-VOC paint, according to Realtor.com.
Your kitchen offers ideal opportunities for health-inspired upgrades. Switching to an induction cooktop, for instance, provides a safer, faster, and more energy-efficient cooking experience. Hands-free faucets are another innovative addition, reducing germ spread while saving water and simplifying cooking tasks.
Bathrooms, too, are being transformed into personal wellness sanctuaries. Soaking tubs, steam showers, and saunas are becoming increasingly popular for at-home self-care. The interest in cold plunging, or dipping briefly into cold water or ice baths, is growing. Studies show benefits ranging from a strengthened immune system and reduced muscle soreness to improved mental health and supporting fat loss, reports
If cold plunging leaves you, well – cold – a warm soak in your bath, hot tub or steam shower offers equally beneficial relaxation and stress relief. Saunas also offer physical and mental health benefits, including stress reduction, detoxification, skin health, physical wellness and mental clarity, according to plunge.com.
With a priority on fitness, wellness architecture encourages homeowners to create a place for indoor exercise, whether an entire room with workout equipment or a simple, designated yoga space or weight-lifting corner.
This surge in wellness-focused living spaces is a reflection of a larger trend, where personal health and well-being are becoming central to our lifestyle choices. If you would like to dive deeper into this trend, additional insights and ideas can be found at realtor.com/advice/home-improvement/wellness-architecture and plunge.com/blogs/blog/health-wellness-trends and realtor.com/news/trends/hello-himalayan-salt-saunas-are-wellness-communities-the-next-big-trend-in-real-estate.
By Tom Kalinski. Tom is the broker/owner of RE/MAX of Boulder, the local residential real estate company he established in 1977. He was inducted into Boulder County’s Business Hall of Fame in 2016 and has a 40-year background in commercial and residential real estate. For questions, e-mail Tom at [email protected], call 303.441.5620 or visit boulderco.com.