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Today’s the day for KEEPING WELL, says Girlahead. A quote in this weekend’s Financial Times points out investment in wellness is like investment in a pension pot.  Invest now, for benefits later – a Stanford Runners Study says that non-fitters are three times more likely to die in any year.  Salient pointers, however, why don’t gyms contact paying members who do not turn up?  Simple answer. Say a gym has 7,000 members.  It’s highly likely the facilities can only handle a maximum of 300 at any one time … Wonder what the Global Wellness Institute would say to that?

Some wellness facilities, as at PARK HYATT TOKYO above, are breathtaking. There are so many ways of keeping fit.  In London, keep well, physically and mentally, by taking a Firmdale Hotels’ Art Walk.  You might begin with a tour of the HAYMARKET HOTEL. You explore Kit Kemp’s personally chosen art including works by Sir Tony Cragg, John Virtue and Sue Lawty. Guided by Firmdale’s Art Ambassador Olivia Paterson, the walk continues with an intimate tour to some of Mayfair and St James’ most prestigious galleries.

Art certainly keeps the brain fit. One month today, namely 23rd February, expect PRINCIPE DI SAVOIA, Dorchester Collection, to have a rush of guests wanting to cross 3.9 kms across Milan to Palazzo Reale. The gallery launches, that day, its phenomenal Titian’s Women exhibition (it has come to Milan from Vienna’s Kunst Historisches and, curated by Sylvia Ferino-Pagden, Francesca Del Torre Scheuch and Wencke Deiters, it runs here in Milan until 29th May).Titian – Pieve di Cadore c.1488–1576 – was the most influential Italian painter of his time and this show stresses the prominence of women in Venetian  sixteenth-century painting. Why? The socio- political structure of the Serene Republic gave women special rights on their dowry, and their ability to inherit, and the city’s culturally progressive and cosmopolitan climate. The exhibition analyzes the functions of contemporary fashion, coiffure, and precious goldsmith work in that era. Pieces have been loaned by Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum, the Bayerische Staatsgemäldesammlung, Alte Pinakothek in Munich, the Uffizi in Florence, the Gallerie dell’Accademia in Venice, the Galleria Borghese in Rome, the Kunstmuseum in Basel, the Louvre in Paris, the Prado and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection in Madrid, the Museo Nazionale di Capodimonte and the Museo Archeologico in Naples, the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, the Staatliche Kunstsammlung in Dresden, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the National Gallery in London, the Hermitage in Saint Petersburg, the Städel Museum in Frankfurt, and private lenders.

And now, here, hear Dorchester Collection’s CEO Chris Cowdray: