Friday, February 26

Wellness

Is the Wellness Industry Too White?
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Is the Wellness Industry Too White?

The Black Lives Matter movement has had an immense impact on me. Aside from helping to shine a glaring light on the biases in our society, it has made me look at my own industry and, inevitably, the pronounced whiteness of wellness studios both here and abroad. I used to organize fitness camps for hundreds of women from across Quebec; we’d run in the woods and practise yoga by the St. Lawrence River. I would lead groups in Montreal every week. The purpose of these events was always the same: to bring together like-minded women who want to take care of their bodies and connect with themselves through physical movement—a goal that I naively thought of as inclusive and unifying. I now see very clearly that the vast majority of the women who attended were white. Keep reading at Elle....
From Fashion To Flower To Foreplay: Brett Heyman On Flower By Edie Parker’s Move Into Sexual Wellness
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From Fashion To Flower To Foreplay: Brett Heyman On Flower By Edie Parker’s Move Into Sexual Wellness

CBD is booming business; amidst the heightened stress of the past year, people can’t get enough of cannabidiol in all forms. The breakout and anxiety-relieving benefits of CBD specifically have catapulted cannabis products into the mainstream—by 2025, the CBD skincare market is estimated to reach a value of $1.7 billion, according to Grand View Research. But the de-stigmatization of cannabis remains dependent on viewing it through a health and wellness lens; few brands embrace the act of getting high. “Yes, there are lots of health and wellness benefits [to cannabis] but people talk about that already,” Brett Heyman, the founder of cannabis accessory line Flower by Edie Parker, tells Forbes. “Our brand headline is ‘for a good time;’ there is no shame in wanting to get high.” Since launc...
Take the Holistic Approach to Health and Fitness With This Wellness App
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Take the Holistic Approach to Health and Fitness With This Wellness App

It's a new year and millions of people are making resolutions to get healthy and fit in 2021. But simply deciding you're going to get in shape and actually doing it are entirely different things. Overhauling your health often means overhauling your life. Verv Home Workout Planner, however, works with you to achieve all of your health and wellness goals, which can make you a better entrepreneur. Verv features four building blocks — physical activity, nutrition, sleep, and mindfulness — to help you become your healthiest self without making any massive changes. Each building block is defined by simplicity, effectiveness, and personalization to work with you rather than against you. Verv offers a wide range of at-home workouts, from muscle-toning programs for specific parts of your body...
WW International CEO talks wellness
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WW International CEO talks wellness

When the pandemic hit in March, WW International quickly pivoted its entire operations online. The company, formerly known as Weight Watchers, trained 14,000 coaches and moved 30,000 workshops online in six days. That move under Mindy Grossman, who joined WW as CEO in 2017, is one of many that has helped the 57-year-old company react to the new demands of its members increasingly focused with wellness during a pandemic. WW had been expanding beyond weight loss before COVID-19, but the pandemic accelerated those plans. In November, it launched the latest enhancement for its program called myWW+, which offers deeper personalized insights into such areas as mindset and sleep. It also launched Digital 360, an online tool specifically for millennials that offers coaching services on fitness a...
How the wellness movement is influencing home design
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How the wellness movement is influencing home design

If you’re looking for evidence of the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on home owners around the world, the annual home design trends survey conducted by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) is a good place to start. Not only did the popularity of the home office increase a whopping 39 per cent in the third quarter of 2020, the survey provided insights into several health and wellness categories that didn’t warrant inclusion in the 2019 survey: an exercise room or yoga space and a flex-space. These spaces were requested by 23 per cent and 43 per cent of architects’ clients respectively. Products for improving indoor air quality rose in popularity from 25 per cent to 39 per cent, and task lighting from 20 per cent to 27 per cent. Read more at Domain.
5 Wellness Trends That Weren’t Quite What They Seemed
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5 Wellness Trends That Weren’t Quite What They Seemed

Wellness is big business and why shouldn’t it be – we all have a desire not only to look better, but also to feel better. From your basic face masks to IV drips of collagen and vitamins, it has become a trillion dollar industry. Treatments that were once only available to the stars have infiltrated the average person’s life, but what happens when the reality of wellness falls drastically short of the promise? Ashley Oerman, deputy lifestyle director at Cosmopolitan magazine explained on an episode of Archive on 4 that “wellness is just a sexier word for health. But because it’s been used to market everything from face masks to supplemental powders, basically ‘self-care’ and ‘wellness’ are just words used to sell women things that they don’t need.” Read what they are at the BBC...
New wellness trend celebs like Fearne Cotton love teaches you to ‘breathe better’
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New wellness trend celebs like Fearne Cotton love teaches you to ‘breathe better’

You might think breathing is a simple case of in, out, in, out – so easy we do it automatically. However, a new wellbeing trend – with celebrity devotees including Fearne Cotton, Naomie Harris and Kate Hudson – claims that paying attention to how we breathe can transform our health. “It’s game-changing. I’ve been visiting a coach for breathwork for a long time and I get so much out of it,” says Fearne. Good breathing can improve mood, reduce stress and boost energy, as well as helping with health conditions such as asthma and sleep apnea. And best of all, you can do it anywhere, and it costs nothing. Being mindful of your breath is an excellent habit to get into. “Everybody knows how much food and water they should be consuming on a daily basis but very few people think a...
I tried Kelly Ripa’s wellness routine and this is what happened
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I tried Kelly Ripa’s wellness routine and this is what happened

If you’re anything like me, you’ve probably seen Kelly Ripa on TV and, at some point, wondered aloud how she has such boundless energy. Ripa, the accomplished day-time talk show host and TV producer, usually looks like she just got 11 hours of sleep. Or consumed several cups of coffee. Or both. I wondered recently how it’s possible that someone who turned 50 this fall could be so incredibly vibrant. After researching Ripa’s wellness routine, I found the key to her vitality. Namely, the TV star approaches diets, workouts, and mindfulness by subscribing to the theory that variety is the spice of life. After trying her routine, I was left surprisingly stress-free, as well. Here’s a closer look at why Ripa’s self-care strategies work so well. Read the story at The Ladders...
Is cow hugging the world’s new wellness trend?
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Is cow hugging the world’s new wellness trend?

From goat yoga to sound baths, the world is full of wellness trends designed to soothe and calm both body and spirit. Now, a self-care practice hailing from the Netherlands is promising practitioners serenity, and perhaps a smile or two. Dubbed “koe knuffelen” in Dutch (literally “cow hugging”), the practice is centred on the inherent healing properties of a good human-to-animal snuggle. Cow cuddlers typically start by taking a tour of the farm before resting against one of the cows for two to three hours. The cow’s warmer body temperature, slower heartbeat and mammoth size can make hugging them an incredibly soothing experience, and giving the animal a backrub, reclining against them or even getting licked is all part of the therapeutic encounter. Continue at BBC Travel
Mental Wellness and Your Finances
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Mental Wellness and Your Finances

It's safe to say that 2020 has been a challenging year for us all. From turbulent weather to an unyielding pandemic which resulted in economic turmoil worldwide, the events of this year have meant big changes in our day-to-day lives. These changes and adjustments can have a significant impact on our emotional and mental well-being. The reality is that consideration of your mental health needs to be at the forefront of everything you do. This is so because of the direct impact it can have on various aspects of your life, including your finances. It's almost like a cycle; not feeling good can make earning and managing money harder, and at the same time worrying about money can make you feel worse; it can be paralysing. So instead of worrying, let's focus on planning ahead and the simple w...