Today’s key global wellness news articles from around the world, impacting the industry and influencing the business of wellness.
A line of fitness-tracking watches that aims to track stress levels have been released by tech giant Samsung. The Galaxy Watch Active tracks the usual health indicators such as heart rate and contains an exercise tracker. But its makers also say the watch will be able to monitor stress in its users and offer breathing exercises to help them manage stress.
Products high in salt and saturated fats are being marketed as healthy by leading supermarkets, BBC Radio 5 Live Investigates has found. The British Dietetic Association said stores including Tesco, Morrisons and Sainsbury’s were being “unhelpful” and “confusing” customers. The Royal Society for Public Health called for an independent supermarket regulator.
Sportswear retailers and fitness brands in New York are engaging shoppers’ larger lifestyle needs with innovative services and experiences that leverage personalization, convenience and community. Mobile apps and sensored-enabled technologies make the in-store experience more tailored and responsive, enabling shoppers to choose the products that best fit their fitness goals.
A leading investor in Peloton and Equinox reveals how his firm predicts the big trends in home fitness – and what he thinks will be next
L Catterton, a consumer-focused private-equity firm, has invested in some of the biggest names in fitness, including Peloton, ClassPass, and Equinox. It recently led a $20 million investment round for Hydrow, the startup behind a high-tech indoor-rowing machine set to launch this summer and cost north of $2,399.
The phytocannabinoid CBD has become inescapable. In the last two years, the cannabis-derived molecule has hit consumer markets from food and beverage to health and skin care, available in a host of topical and ingestible forms. Rapper 2 Chainz gives a nod to the emergence of the lifestyle trend on YG’s 2018 track “Big Bank” in a verse that lists his proclivity for luxury goods: Goyard accessories, Rolls-Royce cars, fine jewelry, “and my CBD got chocolate on it.”
BLOK London is not a regular gym; it’s a cool gym. The brand’s USP? Combining award-winning boutique fitness with art, design, and fashion. Yes, there are genetically blessed instructors and boutique exercise classes (Twerkshop, anyone?) but there are also all-natural MALIN+GOETZ products for sale and an on-site café serving a range of bottled kombuchas.
Matcha has been a long-standing ingredient to include in many functional beverages, mainly targeting the ready-to-drink tea market. This can be seen in these carbonated Matcha teas and this CBD and Matcha ready-to-drink tea, which releases the functional ingredients into the beverage with a twist of its cap.
A View from the Top: Jonathan Sattin, founder of Triyoga, on reinventing his life and career through yoga
The yoga industry is booming – there are now classes that even make use of laughing, sweltering temperatures… and goats. In the UK, the pilates and yoga studio industry is worth an estimated £812m, supporting more than 4,000 business and employing nearly 16,000 people, according to a report last year.