Millennials and Health

Millennials (born between 1981 and 1996) grew up in a fast-paced time highlighted by technological developments. Surrounded by rapid change, millennials learned to be adaptive and tech-savvy. The rise of personal computers and smartphones made millennials a digitally capable and forward-thinking generation. But what about their take on health?

A health-conscious generation

Millennials have been tagged as the “wellness generation” because they generally take their health more seriously compared to older generations. This health-conscious and digitally capable generation approaches health care by tapping into technology to seek out answers to wellness questions including healthy lifestyle choices. Millennials are also more open to a more holistic approach to health and they incorporate strategies that balance physical and mental well-being. Here are some of the ways that millennials are taking their mental and physical health into their own hands.

1. Choosing healthy eating habits

Tisha, 23 years old, follows a flexitarian diet by limiting her meat intake and eating more plant-based foods to maintain a healthy weight and boost her immune system. Unlike vegetarians and vegans, Tisha still enjoys some animal-based products here and there. Millennials like Tisha are consciously eating healthy foods by favoring fresh, nutritious, organic, and more plant-based foods. They are cutting down on their consumption of meat, sugar/carbs, and highly processed foods. According to SWNS Digital, aside from promoting good health, millennials believe that a highly plant-based diet is better for the environment and more ethical.

2. Embracing fitness

Nicole, 26 years old, prioritizes her mental and physical health by going to Pilates classes. Based on Pilates Digest, a regular session of Pilates promotes strength and flexibility, and improves emotional control as well.

Gyms, fitness clubs, yoga and pilates studios, and sports centers in the Philippines are very popular with millennials because they are a physically active generation. They go to the gym, take fitness classes, and participate in various individual and team sports. Hiking is also a popular form of physical activity among millennials because being close to nature helps them fight everyday stressors. As they live in a fast-paced environment, millennials savor opportunities like hiking to unplug and explore the outdoors.

3. Shifting attitude toward sleep

Dee, 28 years old, says that working from home enables her to have better work-life balance and longer sleep. With the reduction of daily commutes and more flexible schedules, Dee can enjoy more hours of rest.

Millennials are becoming more aware of the importance of sleep. Although getting adequate shut-eye is still a challenge for many millennials, this generation is reshaping their sleeping habits. A recent study shared by Sleep Education indicated shifting attitudes of millennials about the importance of sleep in achieving optimal health.

4. Managing stress

Jay, 40 years old, de-stresses after a busy week at work by going to his favorite campsite just outside of Manila. Together with his family, he brings his camping gear to the site and pitches a tent near the lake. For Jay, being close to nature and spending quality time with his family helps reduce his stress and anxiety levels. After camping, he feels more relaxed, calm, and ready to work.

Millennials use relaxation techniques, such as yoga or meditation, then engage in activities that they enjoy to battle stress.

5. Using technology to track their health

Diego, 30 years old, uses his smartwatch to keep track of his steps, heart rate and calories burned. The fitness tracker that he uses has a tracking history that enables him to check his progress and boost his daily workout. He also shares his results on social media to encourage his friends to join his fitness journey.

Millennials use technology like fitness trackers, apps, and online resources to track their health. They also turn to the Internet to find information about health concerns and healthy living practices. Thus, technology has become a useful tool for them to track their progress and stay motivated. Millennials also have a knack for posting their fitness journey on social media to get support and encouragement from family and friends, and vice versa.

6. Seeking out preventive care

Alice, 30 years old, has peace of mind because she invested in a prepaid emergency health card that she can use in case something unprecedented happens.

Millennials have greater awareness and understanding of the significance of health and wellness. That’s why they take steps to improve their overall well-being and safeguard their health by getting healthcare packages and emergency care. 

Millennials are on the right wellness track

Taking care of your health is an important requisite in living a long and happy life. Millennials are on the right track because of their healthy eating habits and fitness practices, positive attitude toward sleep, and effective stress management techniques. In addition, this digitally capable generation uses technology to monitor their health and they seek out preventive care as well. All these factors reflect that millennials are setting a good example for future generations.

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