Seven out of 10 millennials want an active lifestyle but are prevented from having one by their workplace environments, according to Herbalife Nutrition’s “Millennials At Work Survey” conducted in the Asia Pacific region.
Millennials are people born from 1980 to 2000.
The survey pointed out that six to 13 hours of desk work causes 64 percent of millennials to spend half an hour less on physical activities like standing, stretching, and walking on an average work day.
Despite this, more and more millennials strive to have an active lifestyle even if “they face real obstacles at work in doing so,” said Rosalio Valenzuela, Herbalife Philippines General Manager.
About 51 percent of Filipino millennials engaged themselves in physical activities at least twice a week.
Unfortunately, majority had a hard time maintaining active lifestyles.
Survey results showed that about 83 percent of Filipino millennials, or eight in every 10, wanted their companies’ workplace to adopt a healthy, active lifestyle.
Of the top five health concerns that beset more than half of millennials, gaining weight had the highest percentage at 84 percent. It is followed by high stress levels at 67 percent, having less energy, 65 percent, poor digestive health, 54 percent, and joint problems, 53 percent.
Addressing these concerns is important because by 2020, around half of the global workforce will be composed of millennials.
In the Philippines, around 35 million or about one third of the population are millennials.
Dr. Julian Alvarez Garcia, a member of the Herbalife Nutrition advisory board, urged Filipino millennials to allot time for exercise.
He said the schedule depends on them as long as they make sure they exercise.
“Just do,” he said.
Herbalife Nutrition is a global company that manufactures products for weight management, energy and fitness, and personal care.
MICAH YVANA M. VARDELEON