Aging with grace – Millennials (pt 2)

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It’s quite easy to forget that the oldest millennials were born 38 years ago! So millennials aren’t those kids you keep telling to keep of your lawn anymore; many are knocking on middle age right now.

So as we explore the benefits of aging and how you can do so healthily, as providers of concierge medical services, we cannot overlook the largest living generation and another one of our biggest patient segments—the millennial.

There’s no question that career happiness is important to the millennial generation. Born between 1981 – 1994, this incredibly large group likes to focus on the jobs they do, even though they are highly criticized for “job hopping,” or rather moving around for better convenience, pay, location, or all three, mostly because the values of the millennial are more so aimed at how a job or career fits into their greater purpose in life, rather than simply making a living for the sake of it.

With that in mid, millennials prioritize all aspects of their health, not just mental or financial health either. Sanford Health even dubbed the group “The Wellness Generation,” due to its extremely high focus on living better for longer. Millennials smoke less, exercise more, and eat more healthily than their predecessors

“Wellness is a daily, active pursuit for millennials. They are eating healthier and exercising more than previous generations. They smoke less. Almost half consider healthy eating a lifestyle choice as opposed to a goal-driven diet.” Sanford Health.

But even though millennials like to focus on health and wellness by buying into events, products, activities, and brands that market and sell it, this doesn’t necessarily mean they are as healthy as it would appear.

Here are a few tips on how you, as a millennial, can maintain your health longer:




It’s quite easy to forget that the oldest millennials were born 38 years ago! So millennials aren’t those kids you keep telling to keep of your lawn anymore; many are knocking on middle age right now.

So as we explore the benefits of aging and how you can do so healthily, as providers of concierge medical services, we cannot overlook the largest living generation and another one of our biggest patient segments—the millennial.

There’s no question that career happiness is important to the millennial generation. Born between 1981 – 1994, this incredibly large group likes to focus on the jobs they do, even though they are highly criticized for “job hopping,” or rather moving around for better convenience, pay, location, or all three, mostly because the values of the millennial are more so aimed at how a job or career fits into their greater purpose in life, rather than simply making a living for the sake of it.

With that in mid, millennials prioritize all aspects of their health, not just mental or financial health either. Sanford Health even dubbed the group “The Wellness Generation,” due to its extremely high focus on living better for longer. Millennials smoke less, exercise more, and eat more healthily than their predecessors

“Wellness is a daily, active pursuit for millennials. They are eating healthier and exercising more than previous generations. They smoke less. Almost half consider healthy eating a lifestyle choice as opposed to a goal-driven diet.” Sanford Health.

But even though millennials like to focus on health and wellness by buying into events, products, activities, and brands that market and sell it, this doesn’t necessarily mean they are as healthy as it would appear.

Here are a few tips on how you, as a millennial, can maintain your health longer:




1. Keep up the good work!

This may sound weird but that’s the one thing keeping millennials from being healthy for longer. Millennials generally do a great job at simply caring and applying tactics that encompass bettering their entire health picture, from mental health (including stress and emotional health), to sleep, dietary, and physical health. But they don’t keep it up into their 30s.

TIME Magazine reported in an April 2019 article that focused on how millennials are not as healthy as we think, “Millennials — who in 2017 were ages 21 to 36 — were overall in good health that year, according to Blue Cross’s data analysis of 55 million commercially insured millennials. But around age 27, millennials’ health began to decline — and trends suggest the downturn may be more than what could be expected from normal aging.”

- Maintain a good relationship with your therapist

Life can be hard. As a millennial, you’ve shown that you’re not afraid to seek help when you need it, so just because you get older, doesn’t mean that you just miraculously have thing figured out.

If you’ve started a relationship with a therapist, keep it up, even if you feel like you’ve gotten a hold of your problems. One of your strengths has been your ability to be vulnerable and honest. It was benefit you as you age.

-  Continue to prioritize jobs or careers that “feed” you

You likely already have (or are seeking) your dream job or “calling” in life—one that feeds you on every level and contributes to your happiness. Never let this become secondary. If you haven’t found it yet, don’t sweat it. Just the pursuit of finding that thing that make you feel like you have meaning in this world can play a tremendous role in your happiness and mental health later.

- Keep your friendship with FITNESS

As we age, our bodies generally break down, especially if we’re not maintaining a routine. We lose muscle, we hold fat, and our vital organs seem to respond to foods differently, which affects our weight. You probably have a great fitness routine now, so don’t start to slack off as you age. In fact, women in particular need to continue focusing on building muscle and strength, in addition to the cardio. So if you don’t already, start implementing a weight lifting and/or resistance-training regimen.

- Tech is your friend, so keep incorporating it into your health

This is an easy one. You use technology a lot already, so continue to find and use apps or hardware (like wearables) to track or aid in keeping you motivated in all aspects of your wellness. Just because you get older, doesn’t mean you “grow out of” using something that acts like a training wheel. This can be the difference between success and failure.

- Tech is your friend, so keep incorporating it into your health

This is an easy one. You use technology a lot already, so continue to find and use apps or hardware (like wearables) to track or aid in keeping you motivated in all aspects of your wellness. Just because you get older, doesn’t mean you “grow out of” using something that acts like a training wheel. This can be the difference between success and failure.


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2. Products that people in their 20s and 30s will need to keep them healthy later

The vitamin and supplement industry brings in triillions of dollars, much of which comes from millennials, so we would never give a blanket statement about what you should or shouldn’t be taking. Instead, we can tell you to really hone in on the tip above that you’re already implementing: use technology.

We’re all unique, and there are people (healthcare providers) and companies who can help you find what’s specifically good for YOU—not a one size fits all pill or approach.

Look into companies like Viome, Care/Of, and ConsumerLab that can keep you both informed and out in front of your health any issues that may arise.

Because Millennials aren’t as reliant on health insurance, your best bet is preventative maintenance.

3. Foods: don’t be a baby!

Yeah, you’ve been claiming you don’t eat certain foods since you were a kid, but the fact is: you need some of these foods, and as “a grown up” now, you need to figure out a way to get them into your system, one way or another!

Unfortunately, most people don’t ever explore food that they ruled when they were children (decades ago!) But with the advent of fancy blenders and food processors, you really don’t have any excuse to continue missing out.

1. Keep up the good work!

This may sound weird but that’s the one thing keeping millennials from being healthy for longer. Millennials generally do a great job at simply caring and applying tactics that encompass bettering their entire health picture, from mental health (including stress and emotional health), to sleep, dietary, and physical health. But they don’t keep it up into their 30s.

TIME Magazine reported in an April 2019 article that focused on how millennials are not as healthy as we think, “Millennials — who in 2017 were ages 21 to 36 — were overall in good health that year, according to Blue Cross’s data analysis of 55 million commercially insured millennials. But around age 27, millennials’ health began to decline — and trends suggest the downturn may be more than what could be expected from normal aging.”

- Maintain a good relationship with your therapist

Life can be hard. As a millennial, you’ve shown that you’re not afraid to seek help when you need it, so just because you get older, doesn’t mean that you just miraculously have thing figured out.

If you’ve started a relationship with a therapist, keep it up, even if you feel like you’ve gotten a hold of your problems. One of your strengths has been your ability to be vulnerable and honest. It was benefit you as you age.

-  Continue to prioritize jobs or careers that “feed” you

You likely already have (or are seeking) your dream job or “calling” in life—one that feeds you on every level and contributes to your happiness. Never let this become secondary. If you haven’t found it yet, don’t sweat it. Just the pursuit of finding that thing that make you feel like you have meaning in this world can play a tremendous role in your happiness and mental health later.

- Keep your friendship with FITNESS

As we age, our bodies generally break down, especially if we’re not maintaining a routine. We lose muscle, we hold fat, and our vital organs seem to respond to foods differently, which affects our weight. You probably have a great fitness routine now, so don’t start to slack off as you age. In fact, women in particular need to continue focusing on building muscle and strength, in addition to the cardio. So if you don’t already, start implementing a weight lifting and/or resistance-training regimen.

- Tech is your friend, so keep incorporating it into your health

This is an easy one. You use technology a lot already, so continue to find and use apps or hardware (like wearables) to track or aid in keeping you motivated in all aspects of your wellness. Just because you get older, doesn’t mean you “grow out of” using something that acts like a training wheel. This can be the difference between success and failure.

- Tech is your friend, so keep incorporating it into your health

This is an easy one. You use technology a lot already, so continue to find and use apps or hardware (like wearables) to track or aid in keeping you motivated in all aspects of your wellness. Just because you get older, doesn’t mean you “grow out of” using something that acts like a training wheel. This can be the difference between success and failure.


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2. Products that people in their 20s and 30s will need to keep them healthy later

The vitamin and supplement industry brings in triillions of dollars, much of which comes from millennials, so we would never give a blanket statement about what you should or shouldn’t be taking. Instead, we can tell you to really hone in on the tip above that you’re already implementing: use technology.

We’re all unique, and there are people (healthcare providers) and companies who can help you find what’s specifically good for YOU—not a one size fits all pill or approach.

Look into companies like Viome, Care/Of, and ConsumerLab that can keep you both informed and out in front of your health any issues that may arise.

Because Millennials aren’t as reliant on health insurance, your best bet is preventative maintenance.

3. Foods: don’t be a baby!

Yeah, you’ve been claiming you don’t eat certain foods since you were a kid, but the fact is: you need some of these foods, and as “a grown up” now, you need to figure out a way to get them into your system, one way or another!

Unfortunately, most people don’t ever explore food that they ruled when they were children (decades ago!) But with the advent of fancy blenders and food processors, you really don’t have any excuse to continue missing out.


So for millennials, you’re still very young, so there’s no need to really be alarmed, but rather, just don’t begin to slack off as you age. You have all the tools you need, and odds are, you’re already applying them in your routine. Consistency will keep you aging very well.

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So for millennials, you’re still very young, so there’s no need to really be alarmed, but rather, just don’t begin to slack off as you age. You have all the tools you need, and odds are, you’re already applying them in your routine. Consistency will keep you aging very well.