Millennials always seems to be redefining the norm and pushing the boundaries of convention on numerous planes, fitness included.
Over the years, millennials have been hard at work to tear down the walls of fitness conformity, include women in all types of sports and exercise, take fitness out of the gym, and make athletic clothing more functional and affordable for the masses.
Needless to say, the millennials have achieved this, and so much more. But the best part is that they’ve just started.
Here are the five ways millennials are redefining the meaning of exercise, and how you can join in on the new trends in order to transform your life as a whole.
To influence the mind, body, and soul
Physical exercise has always shared an inextricable bond with mental and emotional health. Sure, you could just meditate, or just take a stroll in the woods, but that’s not how the millennial would go about building an overall healthy lifestyle.
The millennial uses fitness as a holistic tool to achieve many things in life, in particular to achieve inner peace and serenity.
It’s no secret that daily exercise has the power and potential to improve your mood, but it’s also worth noting just how much fitness can help you banish stress and even battle serious conditions such as anxiety and depression.
What’s best is that the millennials understand that exercise can assume many forms, and that going to the gym is not the only way to achieve these goals.
Escaping the confines of the gym environment
There is nothing wrong with going to the gym. In fact, it’s one of the most effective and efficient ways to reach your fitness goals, and stick to an overall healthy lifestyle.
That said, it’s not like you need to go to the gym to achieve any of this, as there is plenty to be gained and many calories to be lost by taking your fitness game into the great outdoors.
When programmed just right, every exercise routine can be beneficial for your long-term health, and if you train with sufficient intensity, you can easily attain the same results you would in a gym. So don’t be afraid to mix things up every once in a while, and head out for an outdoor workout.
With all of that in mind, it’s important to note just how the millennial generation has popularized athleisurewear, and its inextricable role in modern fitness.
The multifunctionality of athleisurewear
Athletic clothing has become immensely popular with amateur and professional fitness addicts over the years, and for a number of compelling reasons.
The popularity of this unique type of clothing is rooted in functionality and aesthetics, two essential variables that make athleisurewear the no.1 choice of busy millennials.
But the biggest selling point of athleisurewear is the inherent simplicity.
For example, millennials love wearing fashionable puffer jackets in outdoor training but they are not afraid to combine such a statement piece with everyday attire, as it allows them to transition seamlessly from one task to another without wasting time or having to rush home to change.
The rise of this trend should come as no surprise, because if there is anything the millennials are known for, it’s that they are leading hectic lives – hence the need to cut extraneous tasks from their schedules, and simplify their day-to-day routine.
Exercise as a rejuvenating social activity
For the millennial generation, exercise is not usually something one does all on their own. Instead, fitness is a deeply social activity. An activity that millennials use to reconnect with their friends and loved ones. Exercise also helps them with their long-term well-being.
Exercising with a friend or in groups of like minded individuals is not only a great way to start losing weight and get in shape, but more importantly, to stay consistent over time and fall in love with the fitness journey.
Your fitness friends are there to support and encourage you to reach your goals, so don’t be afraid to share your journey with someone else.
Using technology to reach new levels of fitness
And finally, it’s important to note just how big of a role technology plays in the lives of the millennials. There is no denying that the millennial generation is the biggest consumer of tech on the planet. What’s even more interesting is that they are using technology to improve their fitness lifestyle as a whole.
They’re using smart tech to keep track of their calories and macronutrients in order to maintain a healthy diet and hold themselves accountable.
They are using fitness apps and wearable tech to keep track of their workouts, vitals, and use the information to reach new levels in a smart and safe way.
Without a doubt, technology is the millennial’s best friend.
Millennials are changing the world in a number of ways. One of them being how we as a society view and approach fitness. With these increasingly-popular trends in mind, be sure to adopt the millennial approach to fitness and take exercise to a whole new level.