LONG-TERM Baby Boomers exercise 104 minutes more per week than Gen-Z, according to research.
The data revealed that baby boomers – those aged 57 to 70 – were the most active, exercising an average of 215 minutes per week.
In contrast, Gen Z—those aged 18 to 24—were the least active, exercising an average of just 111 minutes per week.
Exercise also has a positive impact on mental health, as baby boomers rate their mental well-being higher than their younger peers.
The Global State of Mind Indexcommissioned by ASICS, found that baby boomers had the highest state-of-mind score at 68 out of 100.
While Gen-Z, who were the most inactive, had the lowest score at just 55 out of 100.
There are many reasons for this generational exercise gap. A follow-up study of 2,000 adults commissioned by the brand found that 38 percent of baby boomers considered regular physical activity “essential” to staying connected with their peers.
And 82 percent think it’s important to their mental well-being, with more than seven in 10 admitting they’ve realized this as they’ve gotten older.
But for Gen Z, the least active of all age groups, more than half said they are short on time and struggle to balance physical activity with work and social commitments.
Other barriers young adults faced when it came to exercise included a lack of motivation or not feeling educated enough about how to stay fit and healthy.
Baby Boomers also said exercise is their top hobby, but Gen Z are more likely to spend their free time watching TV, listening to music or sleeping.
And up to six in 10 Gen Z adults admitted there are days when they just don’t find the motivation to get up and leave the house. The good news, however, is that 69 percent want to be more active.
Although the world’s population thinks that 30 minutes is the minimum amount of exercise needed to experience the uplifting effects of exercise, research shows that as little as 15 minutes and nine seconds is enough.
dr Brendon Stubbs, a leading sport and mental health researcher from King’s College London who led the study, said: “There is a general perception that you have to move a lot to experience the uplifting benefits.
“However, our new research proves that this is not the case – just over 15 minutes of exercise is actually enough to feel the beneficial effects.
“We hope it will be inspirational for many to see the impact that such a small amount of exercise can have.”
The longer you exercise, the happier you are, according to the Index. Those who exercised more than 150 minutes a week had a state of mind score of 68 out of 100, compared to just 57 out of 100 for those who exercised less than 30 minutes a week or not at all.
Men have a higher state of mind than women (67 vs. 59), while Londoners have the edge with a score of 65.
Gary Raucher, Executive Vice President, ASICS EMEA added: “At ASICS, we have long believed that sport has the power to uplift both an individual and the world like nothing else.
“While the results of our Global State of Mind Index demonstrate the strong link between regular exercise and positive mental health.
“They also show the potential impact that a small amount of movement could have in improving the collective spirit of the world.”
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