In Part One of Fit Today, Fit Tomorrow, we established that exercise habits do not always develop easily. We identified that many people seek out immediate interventions to mitigate life’s stressors, often overlooking the long-term benefit of a healthy and active lifestyle. The paradox here is that this hunger (no pun intended) for immediate stress relief typically leads people to behaviors and activities that can worsen the original stress in question.

Our focus in Part Two begins to bridge the gap between instant pleasure and long-term exercise habits. The (not so) simple solution would be to derive this instant pleasure from our exercise habits, thus fulfilling both our human nature and long-term health needs.

 

To do this, we must first show that stress reduction is a necessary part of our collective healthcare. Let’s take a snapshot:

 

The American Psychological Association conducts a yearly study called Stress in America. This comprehensive study “measures attitudes and perceptions of health among the general public and identifies leading sources of stress, common behaviors used to manage stress and the impact of stress on our lives. ” The most recent complete study shows that poor nutrition and sedentary activity are the most common unhealthy behaviors associated with stress. Furthermore, we learn that the Millennial Generation experiences more stress than any other generation in America.[1]

 

So – let’s piece this together:

 

Stress is causing poor eating and inactivity…

 

 

 

…which is seen mostly in the…

 

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…Millennial Generation…

 

 

 

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who comprise the forthcoming economic burden associated with obesity…

 

 

 

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 …which currently costs $4,300,000,000 in job absenteeism[1].

 

 

 

 

 

What can we do, now, to avoid an exponential growth in this striking trend?

 

We must get Fit Today so we are Fit Tomorrow.

 

[1] Trassande, L., Liu, Y., Fryer, G., et. al. Effects of Childhood Obesity on Hospital Care and Costs, 1999-2005. Health Affairs, 28(4)

 

[1] —. 2015. Stress Snapshop, retrieved 5 April 2015 from <http://www.apa.org/news/press/releases/stress/2014/snapshot.aspx>.[1] —. 2015. Stress Snapshop, retrieved 5 April 2015 from 

 

 

 

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