Portafina Finds Baby Boomers and Millennials Have Different Approaches to Health

When it comes to health, everyone has different sentiments as well as approaches to managing it. There are a number of factors which influence ones approach inclusive of environmental factors, culture, and even work environments in some cases.

For those wondering what such differences are when it comes to over 50s and under 30s, Portafina surveyed 2,000 people and found distinct ones. Below you’re going to see what the survey discovered and what this could potentially mean for you.

To begin with, the survey found that over 50s seem to recognise the importance of a healthy lifestyle more than under 30s. More specifically, only 16% of under 30s saw heathy living as important and enjoyed the benefits of it, while a higher 33% of over 50s found it important.

This can be reflected by the differences found when it came to being active, as 8.3% of over 50s were said to walk at least 10,000 steps a day. On the contrary, 17.5% of under 30s said they live a sedentary lifestyle. There could be many reasons for the latter, however, one of the most likely could be how ubiquitous technology is presently. It has mitigated the need to move around frequently as most activities and tasks can be performed on gadgets.

Having said that, millennials do engage in exercise, but they prefer to do so indoors. Data found that 26% of over 50s prefer exercising outdoors, however, only 10% of under 30s could say the same. This shows that both baby boomers and millennials have different preferences when it comes to exercises. Not only do they have preferences when it comes to where they like to exercise, but how and for what reason come into play too.

While 32% of under 30s have a gym membership, only 10% of over 50s are said to have the same. This could be because they prefer outdoor exercises like walking, for instance, seeing as they’re said to walk at least 10,000 steps a day. It could also be argued that over 50s are less likely to have gym memberships because gyms focus more on catering to the needs of younger generations. Knowing what to do in the gym is essential if you want to get the most out of your time there.

In terms of the reason for working out, it seems over 50s or baby boomers have made being active a part of their lifestyle. On the other hand, millennials specifically work out just to release stress which could mean it’s more of a stress buster than a part of their lifestyle. This could imply that while one generation approaches health as a way to improve overall wellbeing and quality of life, another looks at it as a solution to an issue and an optional activity. However, the amount of physical activity recommended is at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity every week.

Where younger generations have an advantage is in their perceptions when it comes to pensions which are arguably an important part of wellbeing in later years. Portafina found that more than a third of Generation Z respondents were more likely to expect pensions to be a part of their first job.

Irrespective of which category you fall into, you can improve your health and general wellbeing by focusing on trying to stay healthy physically, mentally and financially.

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