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Anti-aging is out, and wellness is in…big time.
Valued at $4.2 trillion in 2017, the wellness economy continues to expand nearly twice as fast as global economic growth, according to a new report from the Global Wellness Institute (GWI).
Wellness is “the active pursuit of activities, choices, and lifestyles that lead to a state of holistic health,” and wellness initiatives are set to shake everything from how we vacation to where we live and how we function on the job.
The $639 billion wellness tourism industry is a “significant and fast-growing segment of global tourism”, and the bulk of wellness travel is done by secondary wellness tourists or those who seek wellness experiences during their travel when wellness is not the primary motivation for their trip or destination. In the future, wellness travel will comprise fully immersive experiences such as soaking in hot springs while listening to live music so that weary travelers can get out of their own heads and way.
Wellness Real Estate
Where you live makes a big difference in your wellness, and real estate developers are catching on. There are 293 wellness lifestyle real estate projects in the pike, and many are or will be located near natural thermal and mineral springs as people rediscover their therapeutic properties. Other facets of these developments include energy-efficient and sustainable construction and proximity to green spaces and exercise facilities. And these developers are on to something. A new study in the International Journal of Hygiene and Environmental Health found that breast cancer risk is lower in women who live near parks or gardens or other urban green spaces.
Wellness at Work
As it stands, less than 10 percent of the global workforce benefits from workplace wellness initiatives. The majority of workers are more concerned with meeting basic needs, such as earning a living wage, job stability, workplace safety, and access to basic healthcare, according to GWI’s new report, Put another way: 97.8 million workers have access to workplace wellness programs and services. Workplace wellness involves enhancing motivation, commitment, creativity, and cognitive abilities so employees can thrive at work.
Since we live on our mobile devices, apps have become an essential part of our daily lives and thus, staying healthy and fit. From looking up recipes or finding workout classes to managing our anxieties and sleep cycle and connecting with a therapist, there’s an app for everything wellness-related. One Seattle-based tech giant, Arivale, puts your health data and personalized action plan at your fingertips and connected you with your personal Arivale Health Coach to optimize your wellness program.