Skift Wellness

Retailers Use Fitness Perks to Woo Customers

Retailers Use Fitness Perks to Woo Customers

Leslie Barrie, Skift

To get customers in the door, retailers — whether grocery stores or athleisure brands — are offering fitness classes. It’s not a bad idea considering the popularity of working out these days, combined with the struggles of brick-and-mortar.

6 days ago

Retail Giants Test Direct-to-Consumer Wellness Brands

Retail Giants Test Direct-to-Consumer Wellness Brands

Leslie Barrie, Skift

It’s low-risk for big brands like Gap and Express to launch digital-native wellness brands considering the unfit state of brick-and-mortar sales. If these companies find success, other retailers may follow suit.

3 weeks ago

Meditation Apps Battle for Airline Partners

Meditation Apps Battle for Airline Partners

Leslie Barrie, Skift

If you think about it, airlines and meditation apps make a perfect pairing. Headspace currently has a stronghold when it comes to in-flight meditation, but the new Inscape and JetBlue partnership could chip away at its dominance.

4 weeks ago

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New Report: The State of Global Wellness Travel

New Report: The State of Global Wellness Travel

OCTAVE Institute + Skift

We’re more connected than ever thanks to technology — but at the same time, it often feels like this connection hasn’t really amounted to much. Perhaps this ongoing search for connection — with nature, our communities, and ourselves — is what’s driving the rapid growth of wellness travel and tourism.

1 month ago

SoulCycle Launches Wellness Retreats to Keep Pace With a Shifting Market

SoulCycle Launches Wellness Retreats to Keep Pace With a Shifting Market

Leslie Barrie, Skift

SoulCycle is smart to try and cash in on the wellness retreat trend — and look for other ways to make money so it can keep up with Peloton. For that to happen, though, it’s going to need to garner a lot of interest.

1 month ago

SoulCycle’s Move Into Retreats Will Test Loyalty of Its Spin Fanatics

SoulCycle’s Move Into Retreats Will Test Loyalty of Its Spin Fanatics

Leslie Barrie, Skift

Considering SoulCycle is a fitness company, it’s not outlandish to think it would want to get into the wellness retreat business. Whether it will actually earn enough of a profit from the trips to make it worth its while is another story.

1 month ago

Can Fitbit Backed by Google’s Parent Take On Apple Watch?

Can Fitbit Backed by Google’s Parent Take On Apple Watch?

Leslie Barrie, Skift

If Alphabet does indeed buy Fitbit, it'll be great news for the tracking brand. To keep in step with Apple Watch, though, Fitbit will have to ramp up its innovation. Needless to say, Alphabet has its work cut out for it.

1 month ago

Big Food Is Testing the Wellness Waters

Big Food Is Testing the Wellness Waters

Leslie Barrie, Skift

Giant companies see the benefits of investing in wellness — and have enough money to take chances. But the wellness landscape, as we all know, is littered with fads gone bust.

2 months ago

The Wellness Industry Needs a Diversity Overhaul

The Wellness Industry Needs a Diversity Overhaul

Leslie Barrie, Skift

It will likely take years for the wellness industry to really fix its diversity problem. But the process could speed up if more people start to speak out about it.

2 months ago

Hot Springs as Wellness Destination Takes Hold in U.S.

Hot Springs as Wellness Destination Takes Hold in U.S.

Leslie Barrie, Skift

This week in wellness news, the hot springs movement gains traction in the U.S. Meanwhile, mental health apps aim to address the rising tide of anxiety in the U.S. Admirable, yes, but it’s debatable whether apps that gamify the quest toward beating anxiety can really catch on.

2 months ago

Why the Hot Springs Movement Is Gaining Steam in the United States

Why the Hot Springs Movement Is Gaining Steam in the United States

Laura Powell, Skift

The ancient Greeks did it. So did the ancient and not-so-ancient Romans, Japanese, and Chinese. Heck, even some of the founding fathers of the United States did it too. But despite its illustrious past, the idea of taking the waters has never really caught on in the United States, until now. Hot springs could be on the verge of a major wellness moment.

2 months ago

Fitness CEO Taryn Toomey Shares her Wellness-Filled Travel Routine

Fitness CEO Taryn Toomey Shares her Wellness-Filled Travel Routine

Mark Ellwood, Bloomberg

Travel takes a toll on the body. Here's how Taryn Toomey — whose business is wellness — lessens the negative impacts when she travels.

2 months ago