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Essential Wellness Products that promote health and well-being can be quite expensive. The is the value of the wellness market at around $4.2 trillion. Its demand has multiplied in recent to continue. One of the largest groups of people driving this growth? millennials
While Millennials are commonly referred to as “wellness obsessed,” for many, this obsession does not translate to good health. According to a recently released external Blue Cross® Blue Shield® Health of America Report® website, Millennials see their health deteriorate once they turn 27, making them less healthy than Gen X.
The main attribute of this trend is a higher prevalence of cardiovascular and endocrine diseases (e.g. diabetes and hypertension) and behavioural health problems (e.g. major depression and substance abuse). Additionally, many millennials suffer from debt and stagnant wages, so the high price tag that accompanies health and wellness products and activities can be detrimental.
But health and wellness should not be a luxury. And some trends and practices work. So here are five back-to-basics tips to try today.
Be Active Every Day
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends at least 150 minutes of physical activity per week for American adults. Think about the types of activities you can incorporate into your daily life. Take a midday stroll through your neighborhood. Dance with your kids in the kitchen. Do squats while watching TV. These activities are inexpensive and can make a world of difference when you add up the time spent doing them.
Increase Your Fruits and Vegetables
Fruits and vegetables help maintain a healthy body weight, control blood sugar, lower LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, and have other benefits.
It’s possible to eat more fruits and vegetables without breaking your grocery budget. Consider seasonal fruits like citrus in winter and peaches in summer. If you’re concerned about spoilage, buy frozen fruit and vegetables when they’re on sale. Frozen products still contain excellent nutrients and can be prepared the same way as their fresh counterparts.
If you don’t get sufficient sleep, your body can’t repair itself. A persistent absence of sleep can lead to heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and stroke. Prioritize your downtime, rearrange your schedule to make time for rest, and make simple changes like B. Limiting screen time to make it easier to fall asleep.
Prioritize Your Mental Health
Identify the areas of your life stressing you out and make changes to limit that stress. For example, maybe your work-life balance is out of whack. Or you have too many commitments. No matter what is causing you anxiety and stress, it is essential to remember that there is no shame in having a mental health day and asking for help.
Bonus tip! Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield associates can get psychological help without leaving home through the third-party Doctor On Demand® website. A virtual doctor can start the conversation about your mental health and help you determine the best treatment for your specific needs. In addition, a virtual visit via Doctor On Demand is a covered benefit in many Wellmark health plans. Log in or register with myWellmark®Opens New Window to review your benefits before seeking treatment.
Skip The Sugary Drinks and Opt For Water Instead
Drinking water daily helps regulate body temperature and keeps joints moving quickly and organs functioning properly. While all your fluid needs shouldn’t come from water alone (think hydrating fruits and vegetables like watermelon and cucumber), it’s best to limit fruit juices and soft drinks. Although they are moisturizing, they are also high in sugar and calories.
Don’t Forget The Free Resources Offered To You
You’ll be surprised to find dozens of health and wellness resources available to you for free. For example, skip the home workout app with a monthly fee and get free workout inspiration from Blue’s fitness archives. Or sign up as a Wellmark member on Blue365®’s external website to stay updated with offers and discounts on health and wellness products.
Wellmark members can also log in or log into myWellmark to find relevant training articles, guides, tips, tools and more.
Improve Your Health With Simple Changes
While that chic workout outfit or the latest diet fad may seem tempting, making a change in your health doesn’t have to cost you a lot. Instead, a little common sense and making fundamental changes can go a long way in preventing chronic disease and promoting healthier living in general.
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