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Posted on Jun 26, 2017
Whether on social media or in the grocery store checkout line, images, articles and tips surround you. They try to hook us on the latest fitness craze or best new exercise. Even so, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that almost 80 percent of adult Americans don’t get the weekly recommended exercise.
The American Psychological Association’s Stress in America survey found that Millennials are more likely than other generations to say they eat too much or eat unhealthy foods due to stress. The survey also found that 62 percent of Millennials are more likely to say they overate due to a food craving (vs. 52 percent of Gen Xers and 53 percent of Boomers).
We talked with some of our Millennial employees who shared some great health and fitness tips.
“Just do something to be active. Follow a routine doing what you enjoy. I do Zumba because I like dancing. Enjoy the moment you’re in fitness wise. That’s what keeps me going back. Otherwise, it’s hard to make it a lifestyle. Make sure you enjoy doing something so you can look forward to it and so you don’t slide.”
Lance practices what’s called intuitive eating. This is about listening to your body by eating when you’re hungry and stopping when you’re satisfied. The concept involves checking in with yourself before, during and after meals to determine your hunger level.
Lance says, “I don’t eat large amounts and I listen to my body. When I feel that I’ve filled myself up, I won’t keep eating just because it’s that good. My body tells me, ‘You’re full. Don’t keep going.’ Or if you eat something too salty or too sugary, don’t eat more than what your body wants.”
“I work out four to five times a week. It’s a mental thing. Find something that will motivate you. I still try to play sports in leagues and I work out with my friends.”
“I go to the gym about three times a week because I like to be in good shape. If I don’t go to the gym, I like hiking on a mountain.”
Michael plays slow pitch softball and basketball. “I like to stay active. I hate staying inside. Staying active is the most important thing whether it’s going for walk to the store or playing sports. It’s important to keep your health in line and not let it fall behind. I like to take walks and that would help me whenever I was feeling stressed. I would put my headphones on and walk four to five miles and when I got back, I felt much better. I left all my issues out there. Walking is one of the best things you can do health wise and to relieve stress.”