Newsflash: Next to selfies, fitness is what might just be what Filipino millennials are totally crazy about.
Herbalife Nutrition, a global nutrition company, has recently released the findings from its Asia Pacific "Millennials At Work Survey"* which reveals that seven (7) out of 10 millennials strive to live healthy, active lives, but majority of them find it challenging to maintain an active lifestyle at work, Eight (8) out of 10 millennials spend 6 to 13 hours at their work desk each day, and 64% of millennials get less than 30 minutes of physical activity (including standing, stretching and walking at work on an average work day).
So that whole thing about work + play? There's no doubt it's a definite need for many members of this generation. The study also found out that about 83 percent or eight (8) in 10 millennials have agreed that they would like their company workplace to adopt a healthy, active lifestyle. “There are about 35 million millennials now in the Philippines, which is about one-third of the country’s entire population. Five years from now, millennials will be dominating the labor force. While most millennials want to lead healthy lives, they face real obstacles at work in doing so,” said Rosalio Valenzuela, Herbalife Philippines General Manager. I'm sure company heads and owners are with her on this.
It's also worth noting, though, that there are a lot of organizations which have started to carve out fitness programs and promos their employees can enjoy. In ABS-CBN for instance, free exercise sessions are conducted from time to time, and there are great employee discounts on gym memberships.
Here are some tips for you, dear millennial, on how to level up your fitness game from Herbalife:
1. Dedicate a healthy eating day each week and get colleagues involved in making healthy choices for lunch on this day.
2. Boost water intake to help the body digest food, rid the body of toxins, and help deliver nutrients to the cells. Drink at least eight (8) glasses or two (2) liters of water a day.
3. Have a protein shake combined with non-fat milk and healthy fruit for breakfast. With 20-30 grams of protein and low-fat contents, it can provide the body with all the nutrition it needs to power through the day.
4. Create a playlist that incorporates upbeat music and play with hourly intervals.
5. Use Running Apps to keep energized and on-pace during regular runs.
6. Set a goal to join running competitions to motivate self to sustain an active lifestyle.
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Photographs courtesy of Herbalife
*Herbalife’s Millennials At Work Survey was conducted in 2016, with 5,500 respondents aged 18 and above, from Australia, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.