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.
“The industry has every asset needed to be a guiding light in the shift toward personal health priority. Will that become a prevention legacy, a ‘phoenix rising’ from the Covid-19 ashes?”
“Looking at the bigger picture, putting the measures in this order represents a lost opportunity that the pandemic could have offered for a cultural pivot pivot towards getting people more focused on their health, a powerful statement of intent.”
“Employment is necessary to fulfil our most basic human needs such as food and shelter. Any significant increase in long-term unemployment will spell a retrograde step for human wellbeing like no other.”
“All roads lead to a wellbeing anchor, whether that be economic/financial, physical, mental or emotional: all contribute to a progressive and inclusive cosmopolitan world. The answer should not be a choice of one or the other but of a joined up and compassionate solution for society, business and individuals.”
“The paradox is that we continue to do this in spite of recognising that striving to become ever-more productive is an intrinsically unhealthy behaviour, leading to stress and too often, a sense of failure.”
“The same broad-sweeping structural racism that enables police brutality against black Americans is also responsible for higher mortality among black Americans with Covid-19,” Maimuna Majumder, a Harvard epidemiologist working on the Covid-19 response, tells Vox.
The take-out from this? Wellbeing cannot exist at a more elevated level without our basic needs being met.
This is not the testimony of any ordinary victim of Covid-19, but that of virologist Peter Piot, Director of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, and one of the scientists who discovered Ebola back in 1976.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s star has risen …this article examines the style in which she’s done it.
Before Times and After Times. Is that how we’ll come to see the Covid-19 pandemic in the fullness of time?