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The first step to better health for Gen Y

Lifestyle — Posted 04/05/15

30% of Gen Y finds it hard to make healthy lifestyle changes. Do you? Here’s how to make it easier.

 If you find it hard to make changes to improve your health, you’re definitely not alone.

It can feel hard. Life is busy, and complicated. From work, to relationships, to your social life, you’re juggling a lot of different things – and there are only so many hours in the day. Things like getting to the gym for a workout, or taking the time to cook a healthy meal, or waking up early to meditate somehow always end up left behind on your to-do list. That’s understandable.   

But when you do take a step towards better health? It feels really good. That’s something 89% of Gen Y agrees on. 

So let’s be honest. How often do you think about making some positive changes to your lifestyle? Almost 1 in 2 Gen Ys say ‘every day.’

That’s a lot of brain space. Maybe it’s time to turn that thought into action. After all, you don’t have time to waste just thinking about it.

We asked Australians aged 25 to 34* what you really think about better health – what it means to you, what you want to achieve, and what you need for success.

Here’s what we learned…

Getting motivated

• Physical fitness and appearance are the top motivations for Gen Y.

• 1 in 2 say they're motivated by their partner.

• 1 in 3 say milestone events give them the push they need.

What stops us from taking the first step?

• Time and money are the biggest barriers.

• 1 in 3 say changing their lifestyle is too hard.

• 1 in 2 don’t know where to start.

What step could you take?

• 70% say eating more fruit and veggies.

• 60% say drinking more water.

• 1 in 3 say it’s setting a step target every day.

• And 1 in 5 say new exercise gear is all they need.

We think all these ideas are a great way to start.

So there’s your first step – easy. But the second step, and the third, and the fourth? Not so easy. We know that.

But, since 9 in 10 Gen Ys say better health is about happiness, we think it’s worth it. 

Do you think it’s time to take the first step?

*The results are based on research conducted by ACA Research with a sample of 1,024 Australians aged 25 or older. Fieldwork was conducted between the 1st and 8th of April 2015, with quotas set on age, gender and location based on population estimates sourced from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.


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