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Fitness Fogies

Lauren Mechling, Young Fitness Fogies Ditch $40 Classes for Hoops, Laps and Jogs, The New York Times, January 23, 2018

Sense of Democracy

Many of the gyms that cater to fashion models and investment bankers can feel like bastions of blowouts and entitlement, while public parks and recreation centers still welcome urban dwellers across every imaginable spectrum. The sense of democracy — and sweating with strangers from different backgrounds rather than folks we know from college or the school run — is a considerable draw at a time of heightened income disparity.

“It’s really important for young people and for older people to cross-pollinate,” Mr. Hawke recently told People Magazine. We are living in a world, he said, where “there’s just so much division everywhere that one of the things the Y can do right now is raise their hands and say, ‘Hey, everybody’s welcome here.’

 

Through the WI Lens

This article vindicates one of the convictions we’ve held for a long time: that many of the most sophisticated wellbeing trends are fads destined to fade away. High-end fitness classes are a case in point. Smaller / high-end gyms may be the fastest-growing segment of the exercise business (with their membership growing 6.3 percent – twice the industry average – between 2015 and 2016), but more and more people now realize that going for a run or a brisk walk, or playing a game of football or basketball, is not only more pleasant, but more efficient as well.

We predict that sooner than most wellness companies realize, going to a public park, around the block or to a recreation center will soon become more fashionable than spending $40 an hour sweating in front of a screen.

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The take-out from this? Wellbeing cannot exist at a more elevated level without our basic needs being met.

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