Nadj Villaver | YoManila
Did you know that 64% of millennials get less than 30 minutes of physical activity (standing, stretching, and walking) at work on an average work day?
As a millennial (someone born between 1980 and 2000), I couldn’t agree less. For almost 5 years working in the office, I’ve always struggled to have an active lifestyle while I’m at work. From the moment I entered the office, I’ll go directly to my work station, open the computer and work. I can barely count on my fingers how many times I stand to go to the restroom or refill my tumbler.
My personal experience is just one of the realities from Millennials At Work Survey. The survey was conducted by Herbalife Nutrition, a global nutrition company last 2016. With 5,500 respondents aged 18 and above from various Southeast Asian countries including Philippines, the survey revealed that Filipino millennials are adapting a healthy, active lifestyle; however, most believe their current workplace prevents them from doing so. 83% or eight (8) in 10 millennials have agreed that they would like their company workplace to adopt a healthy, active lifestyle.
With this challenge, Herbalife Nutrition organized the 6th Asia Pacific Wellness Tour to provide tips on how millennials and their employers can integrate positive nutrition and life style habits at their workplaces. Five experts from Herbalife Nutrition Advisory Board (NAB) visited 21 Asian cities from October 7-30 and held a series of talks, workshops and medical symposium across the region.
Here in Manila, Julian Alvarez Garcia, M.D. Ph.D., a member of Herbalife Nutrition NAB, shared some advice on how millennials can adopt simple positive nutrition and lifestyle habits at work to improve their overall well-being in the long run.
Garcia’s advice can be summarized in two essential reminders: don’t be sedentary (active living) and eat a healthy diet (nutrition).
- Create a playlist that incorporates upbeat music and play with hourly intervals.
- Use Running Apps to keep energized and on-pace during regular runs
- Set a goal to join running competitions to motivate self to sustain an active lifestyle
Garcia also told the participants to at least wake 30 minutes earlier everyday and exercise. When in the office, he suggested to move from one’s seat within an hour.
During the symposium, Herbalife Nutrition Fitness Coach Chappy Callanta also taught simple exercise every employee can do even in less than 30 minutes.
- Dedicate a healthy eating day each week and get colleagues involved in making healthy choices for lunch on this day.
- 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.
- Have a protein shake combined with non-fat milk and healthy fruit or 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.