Wellness Evidence Study: 4-Second Bursts of Exercise Throughout Day Undo Metabolic Effects of Being Sedentary

A small, but interesting, new study from the University of Texas found that just 4 seconds of intense exercise (in this case, sprinting on a stationary bike) throughout the day (for a total of 2 minutes and 40 seconds across 8 hours) has an eye-opening impact on metabolic health: lowering triglycerides 30 percent and burning significant fat. The researchers noted that frequent, extremely tiny bursts…

Wellness Evidence Study: Daily Meditation Reduces Anxiety & Boosts Cognitive Function

Daily Meditation Reduces Anxiety & Boosts Cognitive Function in 8 (Not 4) Weeks A new study from NYU split people who hadn’t meditated before into two groups: One did 13 minutes of daily guided meditation, and the other listened to a 13-minute podcast. At four weeks, there was no significant difference between the groups, but eight weeks proved a different story: The meditators saw significantly…

How to Avoid Work from Home (WFH) Burnout

MONTHLY BAROMETER – WELLNESS EDITION  MONTHLY BAROMETER The pandemic has magnified the macro challenge of social inequalities by laying bare the shocking disparities in the degree of risk to which different social classes are exposed. In much of the world, a pattern has emerged: The wealthiest have escaped to their holiday homes; the middle class hunkers down at home to telework and homeschool; while the…

Wellness Evidence – Stay-at-Home Health

Study: Frequent Baths Are Very Good for Your Heart A new, large observational study (over 20 years) out of Japan found that compared with people who took baths less than twice a week, those who took baths three to four times had a 25 percent lower risk of coronary heart disease and a 13 percent lower risk of stroke. Daily bathers had a 35 percent…

Post-COVID Futures: From Localism Rising in Travel to an Ongoing Obsession with Cleanliness

A few very simple points to consider regarding the impact of Coronavirus on the wellness industry at large… It will impact the wellness industry proportionately more than many other industries. The reason is the following: A large percentage of economic activity in the wellness industry resides in social forms of consumption, i.e., forms of economic activity that depend on physical and personal (“high-touch”) interactions with…

Financial & Mental Wellbeing Will Be Front-Burner Issues for People & Policymakers

MONTHLY BAROMETER   The abruptness and severity of the shock inflicted by COVID-19 have no equivalent in modern history. The pandemic’s power of exponentials has taken most decision-makers by surprise and brought a large portion of global economic activity to a sudden and dramatic halt. This has never happened before, not even during the Great Depression or the two World Wars. In Q2, global GDP…