Today’s key global wellness news articles from around the world, impacting the industry and influencing the business of wellness.
Even more current and former employees are speaking out against fitness brand SoulCycle, alleging that top instructors were allowed to get away with toxic behaviours like abusing staff, sexual harassment, and racial and anti-gay discrimination.
There is a strange paradox within the home workout boom: 2020 has absolutely necessitated them, a way of keeping fit with an expert eye overseeing you at a time when fitness offerings were few and far between.
Forget the fitness center. In a Covid-era world, in-room workout options are quickly becoming de rigueur at many high-end hotels. “I think that prepandemic, the private, in-room gym was traditionally seen as something typically reserved for VIPs who might request to have equipment set up in the penthouse,” said Victoria Batten, director of sales and marketing at the Langham New York.
Lockdown has triggered a “massive shift” in the way in which people think about exercise, and has encouraged parents to work out in front of their children, Joe Wicks has said.
Brynn Putnam, a former ballerina, knows something about pivoting. That skill was put to the test this year when the 37-year-old entrepreneur finally got a boss. Ms. Putnam created the Mirror, an at-home fitness product that streams workout classes to a reflective glass propped against the wall.
Coronavirus has dampened demand for overall apparel sales, with one notable exception: athleisure and other comfort casual fashion. The latest results from Gap to Nordstrom offer more proof of that. Gap said late Tuesday companywide fiscal third-quarter comparable sales rose 5%, led by a 17% jump at Old Navy, its discount chain and largest unit representing nearly three-fifths of total business.
Many hundreds of gyms and swimming pools will go out of business this winter if new post-lockdown restrictions being considered for England force them to remain closed, industry leaders have warned.
Covid-19 has prioritised health in the minds of consumers worldwide and is proving a factor in the growing interest in vitamins – especially among relatively young consumers. Millennials are over twice as likely to buy more vitamins as a result of the pandemic than their baby-boomer parents.