Today’s key global wellness news articles from around the world, impacting the industry and influencing the business of wellness.
The consumer appetite for athleisure seems almost insatiable. Analyst GlobalData’s UK Sports Market 2017-2022 report predicts 5.1% growth this year, on top of estimated UK sports clothing sales of £2.5bn in 2017. And the sector is changing swiftly to cater to ever-evolving consumer demands as the market matures.
“Don’t worry,” says the guy in Nike shorts next to me, with a friendly nod of both empathy and encouragement. “It looks way harder than it is.” I’m at the downtown Los Angeles location of Orangetheory, the wildly popular fitness boutique franchise dedicated to intense heart rate-driven workouts.
When it comes to launching a consumer product, how do you know when it’s ready for release? If the product is fully functional and suitable for the targeted consumer – it’s probably ready for launch. If it’s complete, but you’re obsessing over the most microscopic of details, perhaps it’s time to let go of those concerns and go for it.
The Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) has introduced a new points system to record Continuing Professional Development (CPD), as part of efforts to make the system “easier to understand, manage and keep up to date” for its members. The new points requirement for REPs members is 10 CPD points over 12 months, replacing the previous 24 point requirement over two years.
More than one-third of Americans are now overweight or obese, due in part to a lack of access to nutritious, affordable food. Employers are feeling the burden, as they’re often the ones strapped with the skyrocketing health costs. Some health experts say Amazon is in the perfect position to help the situation.
A growing number of cruise lines-operating riverboats and ocean-going vessels-are redefining their onboard amenities, culinary programs and shore excursions to appeal to the growing number of “active” midlife travelers. They’re crafting menus with healthy options, bringing fitness activities and experts onboard, and designing new excursions and itineraries.
Santa Ana, California, recently announced a partnership with NF FITNESS PTE LTD, Singapore, to open 15 franchise locations throughout Singapore, including its new CLASS by UFC Gym boutique concept. The first location is slated to open in 2019.
“Feminism” – “organized activity on behalf of women’s rights and interests” – was named Merriam-Webster’s word of the year for 2017 – hardly a surprise. While not an exotic, newly-minted word (feminist movements have, of course surged in the late- 18th and early- 20th centuries, in the ’60s, etc.), 2017 was an intense year where women faced a storm of provocations and responded with their own storm of activism.