Curated Content from the Global Wellness Institute | February 10, 2021
Chinese Fitness Market Is Booming
With the Social Capital Crisis, the Wellness World Should Teach Compassion and Empathy
Study: Exercise Linked to Creativity and Imagination
GWI Launches The Wellness Moonshot Challenge – Receives First $100,000 Donation
Must-Reads from the Wellness World
The dominant narrative about China’s growth (“the only major economy currently growing”) is misleading because consumer spending is still lagging. But there is one area where consumption is skyrocketing: wellness and fitness. China’s fitness industry has reached $11.4 billion—and just take the example of the new $360 million funding round for digital workout app, Keep, with its 300 million registered users. If future growth in wellness will be everywhere, it will be stronger in Asia than anywhere else.
With the vast challenges of the last year, economists are now focusing on the vital importance of social capital—arguing that issues like trust, community-building, and social values like empathy and altruism are the prerequisite for prosperity. All these social values are proven to be strongly associated with wellbeing—both personal and collective.
But our social capital is being dramatically eroded by polarization, tribalism and a general sentiment of mistrust. Anyone with an interest in wellness (whether a policymaker or a company) needs to ponder that subjective wellbeing depends first and foremost on our ability to live harmoniously together. The good news is that social capital can be engineered—and empathy and compassion can be taught (as in Finnish kindergartens). And it looks to be a bigger part of wellness programming.
A new study from the University of Graz (Austria) found a direct link between everyday physical activity (simple walking or moderate exercise) and greater creativity and inventiveness. The researchers found that active people came up with significantly more—and more innovative—ideas during tests (whether conceiving of new usages for an umbrella or finishing partial drawings) than sedentary people.
The GWI just launched a fundraising challenge for The Wellness Moonshot: A World Free of
Preventable Disease, a global fight to eradicate preventable, chronic diseases. The Challenge quickly received its first donation of $100,000 from the Richard P. Woltman family. GWI Board of Directors’ member Richard P. Woltman will act as fundraising chair for the Initiative. He is chair emeritus, Girard Securities Inc., and a financial industry leader and philanthropist committed to the health and sciences industry.
Wellness Master Class: Stephanie Stahl, CEO and co-founder of zero-waste skin-care and nutritional supplements brand Ace of Air, on “Redefining Clean Beauty” – Wednesday, February 10, 10-11 AM EDT. RSVP here.
Wellness Sector Spotlight: Workplace Wellness – The Best Business Move I Made in 2020 – Tuesday, February 16, 10–11 AM EDT. RSVP here.
Wellness Master Class: Frank Lipman, MD, functional medicine leader, on “Unpacking the Microbiome & Strategies for Aging Well” – Wednesday, February 17, 10–11 AM EDT. RSVP here.
Prosperity comes at 'devastating' cost to nature–BBC, February 2, 2021
What have we learned from the world’s largest nutrition study?–MedicalNewsToday, Feb. 2, 2021 Virtual reality tourism ready for takeoff as travelers remain grounded–Guardian, February 6, 2021
A Striking Stat:
Half of people globally expect to increase their focus on their physical and mental wellbeing in 2021. People with a proactive mindset about their wellbeing are significantly more likely to be optimistic about the future (53%) than those who are not proactive (22%).
Source: Lululemon Athletica’s Global Wellbeing Index, January 2021