Mar 5, 2023 - Things to Do

Bringing wellness back

Group yoga at Boom Island Park. Photo: David Joles/Star Tribune via Getty Images

As exercisers return to in-person workouts, some gyms and studios are emphasizing a more holistic approach to fitness, which can only elevate community and overall wellness.

Why it matters: In addition to being good for your body, exercise can improve mental health and even boost memory.

Zoom in: Alchemy 365 β€” which combines yoga, conditioning and strength training at its studios across the Twin Cities β€” aims to deliver results that will impact people's everyday lives, CMO Grace Bettino told Axios.

  • That could range from more traditional fitness goals like running a faster marathon to being able to "chase their kids around the park without getting tired," she said.
  • "We challenge people to live their best lives inside and outside the studio," Bettino said.

Between the lines: Brian McKinney, a personal trainer at Life Time in St. Louis Park, attributes a surge in people working out in groups in the past year to an underlying "longing" for community after pandemic-related shutdowns.

  • "I just think that's inherently built within us β€” to connect with others," he told Axios.
  • Alchemy also focuses on community, hosting social gatherings after weekend workouts.

Zoom out: What's happening in the Twin Cities tracks with national trends, according to Mindbody's 2023 wellness trends to watch.

  • Nearly 40% of consumers say they'll use physical exercise to improve their mental wellness, per the survey.

The bottom line: 75% of consumers see wellness as more important than ever, according to the survey, and about 65% say it is more important than other leisure activities.


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