Gen Z teens and young adults comprise more than 50% (166 million) of the US population, but they’ve been hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly in the areas of self-care, nutrition, and mental health. A new study from Murphy Research shows that 1.8 million of the Gen Z population have stopped exercising and eating healthy over the past year.
The stark results of the study suggest that these young people, who were born between 1997 and 2007, are silently suffering from the stress, loss of social relationships, and frustration. Their default response during the pandemic has successfully undermined their ability to cope, which stands in stark contrast to the much more positive response by the younger Millennials (born between 1981 and 1996).
The Gen Z population is tech-savvy and knowledgeable about fitness, but they’re also taking their health and wellness for granted. With the gym’s closed, these young people have dropped their fitness routines almost altogether. Here are factors that contribute to the significant drop-off of the health and fitness routines:
· Young adults generally live in cramped accommodation.
· The 18-23-year-olds tend to have limited financial resources.
· This group of young people has been hard-hit by the pandemic.
· The Gen Z population has been more seriously affected by the loss of their normal routines and lives.
In a time when fitness would help to counteract many of the adverse side-effects of stress, loss of social relationships, and frustration, the Gen Z population has dropped their health and wellness routines. That’s why NonStop Fitness is more important than ever.
It’s time for a reversal in the trend toward negative self-sabotage. It’s now more important than ever to take a step back, re-evaluate health and fitness goals, and put back into place those healthy habits that will make such a difference in feeling and being more fit, balanced, and in a state of extraordinary well-being.
Murphy Research points to the growing urgency of fitness club involvement. The fitness experience, particularly with coaching from a personal trainer, can and will help to turn the tide for the Gen Z population. It’s clear this group of young people have been particularly hard hit by negative factors like job loss, feelings of abandonment and isolation, as well as stress and frustration.
Our team of personal trainers and instructors at NonStop Fitness offers a wide range of service offerings, including cardio workout and weight training options. We’re dedicated to supporting your health and fitness goals, whether that be to achieve weight loss or mental health. We know how difficult this time has been for all of us, which is why we’re moving to offer the health and fitness services you need, with safety as the most important priority for all our members. Find out more about the free fitness classes and our convenient member experience.