Today’s key global wellness news articles from around the world, impacting the industry and influencing the business of wellness.
Young Americans may have fallen out of love with yoga pants. The dominant apparel trend of athleisure seems to have reached its peak in the second quarter of 2017. Athleisure is the trend of buying athletic apparel for its unique properties – sweat-wicking, stretch, comfort – without necessarily intending to use it to work out.
On the heels of its conference expansion and a print magazine, Goop is announcing its latest quest for consumer domination-a store. The lifestyle brand just opened Goop Lab, its first brick-and-mortar retail “bungalow” within the famous Brentwood Country Mart, a colony of upscale retailers and artisan food makers in Los Angeles.
‘Hiking is the new yoga,’ says Sarah Andelman, the buyer at the cult Parisian store, Colette. She has just conquered ‘yet another mountain in the Catskills’ for her summer holiday. And she’s not on her own. ‘I’m obsessed with hiking,’ says Love magazine editor-in-chief and fashion stylist for Miu Miu, Katie Grand, who goes off-road every summer.
Gymbox founder Richard Hilton stumbled upon the idea for his company as a skinny 19-year-old living in New York and working in advertising, as we found out at a recent Leap 100 roundtable. He wanted to bulk up. “The Americans were having a lot more success with women than I was because they were all huge,” he explained.
Being a small fish in a big pond like New York or LA can be tough: You’re constantly competing for only a handful of different positions, and it’s easy to get overshadowed by the millions of other go-getters who surround you on a daily basis.
On a busy Brooklyn avenue there’s a looming, brick structure that’s equal parts regal and raggedly worn. It used to be a factory for the drug-maker Pfizer; now dozens ofyoung food entrepreneurs take the elevator to the second floor where they swap recipes at Foodworks, a coworking space that’s also an incubator, test kitchen, and commissary for emerging food and beverage brands.
When 29-year-old Katie Winder joined a new gym recently in her hometown of Orem, Utah, she received a free personal training session. She was excited for the one-on-one time-especially since she’s a trainer herself, and she was curious to be on the other side of things, getting a client’s perspective.
Startups hoping to sell health tracking devices and software to corporate customers are worried European regulators will torpedo their business model. Employers should be banned from issuing workers with wearable fitness monitors, such as Fitbit, or other health tracking devices, even with the employees’ permission, a European Union advisory panel said in June.