Welltodo Today: All UK Gyms Close, Food Delivery Sales Surge, Meditation In Times Of Turmoil


Today’s key global wellness news articles from around the world, impacting the industry and influencing the business of wellness.

All UK pubs, restaurants and gyms ordered to close

All pubs, restaurants and gyms across the UK will be ordered to close as the government steps up its emergency measures to combat the spread of coronavirus, Boris Johnson announced on Friday. The prime minister took the drastic decision at a meeting of officials on Friday in an attempt to prevent the NHS being overwhelmed by patients suffering from Covid-19.

UK’s organic vegetable delivery firms ‘flat out’ amid coronavirus crisis

Organic vegetable box delivery companies are facing unprecedented demand for their food as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, putting huge strains on their packing lines. Abel & Cole, which puts out 55,000 food boxes a week on average, has seen a more than 25% increase in orders, with its packing teams working at full capacity to cope.

Fitness hotel puts its meditation and wellness podcasts and videos online

Equinox Hotels, which targets affluent fitness buffs, has made their in-room meditation and wellness videos available on YouTube. Developed to help their hotel guests and travelers sleep better and wake up refreshed, the videos have been uploaded on YouTube for viewers to watch for free online.

1Rebel offers all its gyms for the NHS to use for beds

With London gyms closing their doors, and some having already declared bankruptcy, the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on the health and fitness industry has already been devastating. While several gyms are making efforts to transfer their offering into online classes and one-to-one sessions, one London gym chain has gone a step further and decided to offer its studios to the NHS.

The Wellness Industry Can’t Help Itself

Covid-19 has sequestered us indoors, and wellness has followed us there. I have not stopped thinking about my health for two weeks. It’s the first thing I think about when I wake up and the last thing I think about at night.

Exclusive: Snapchat expedites wellness push in response to virus

Snapchat will launch a new health and wellness initiative ahead of schedule Thursday in order to address its users’ growing anxiety about the coronavirus. Snapchat will also introduce new features and content to help educate users about safety measures and available resources.

VIDEO | Kind CEO on redefining the term “healthy” | Fast Company

Daniel Lubetzky is the Founder and CEO of Kind. Here, he discusses how the company is trying to redefine what snacks are considered “healthy.”

Breathe in, now breathe out: how musicians are embracing meditation

Take a deep breath and come to a comfortable seated position: we could all do with some spiritual healing right now, but especially the music industry. Postponed festivals, cancelled tours and closed borders mean a predicted billions of dollars’ worth of losses globally and a hell of a lot of unemployed guitarists this spring, leading into summer.


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