If your children were born in the 1980s or 1990s, you’ve watched them advance towards adulthood and begin to find their footing in the world. However, just because technology is available to help them to expand their minds and manage their busy lifestyles, they’re probably not spending much time researching healthy eating habits. In this post, we offer a wake-up call to parents about their Millennials, who need good nutrition as they take leadership roles in corporate America and establish new startups, slowly making their presence felt in the global community.
1. Millennials already have the odds stacked against them, discouraging them from success. Like it or not, society is already judging your kids. If they aren’t eating right and they’re gaining weight in college or their tough twenties, they could be headed for trouble. Why add obesity as another self-branding barrier for them to push through when they meet new people, make friends, find partners, and interact with professionals who might offer them a job? They look up to people who might guide them along the way, but they want to feel comfortable in their own bodies.
2. Millennials aren’t afraid to stand out from previous generations because they value health experiences a little more. One study by the Benenson Strategy Group found that 86% of the 1,000 Millennial respondents carry health insurance. For the most part, your kids are aware that they should be healthy. If you give them the gift of a health experience (i.e. a fitness vacation or a boot camp retreat), they can fight post-college entropy and boost momentum as they take on the world. Who knows? If your Millennials are living at home, a fitness vacation could be just the igniter that they need to get out of the house and start networking with people who will inspire them to set and achieve their goals.
3. Millennials are the pioneers of the “skinny jeans” culture. What parents may not know is that the dark side of this culture is merciless. Many Millennials hold a mindset that’s pretty hostile to fat people. The often-touted Starbucks-sipping hipster in skinny jeans may be a popular look, but it doesn’t leave room for people with normal to fluffy body types. At its worst, this look is what many young adults look for and connect with emotionally in real and virtual social networks. We aren’t saying that people who are heavier can’t succeed, but being fat due to a legitimate health problem is more socially accepted. Being overweight and otherwise healthy make you an easy target for ridicule. Thanks to Dane Cook for this reference from the early 2000s. Your kids know that being chubby is when the fun turns to shun. It is truly a cruel, judgmental world they are growing up in. The fitness culture is something they can tap into for social reasons while also avoiding the judgment and ridicule of their peers.
4. Millennials need every advantage to boost their self-image. They crave the attention they get from others on mobile apps. When you look at Millennial men especially, there is definitely a culture of masculinity that fitness plays into. Being fit is admired in social circles, while those who aren’t run the risk of withdrawing socially or worse, caving to peer pressure for acceptance. Whether it’s sex, alcohol, drugs, or falling in with a new crowd of friends that feels like the wrong fit for them, your Millennials are bombarded by numerous chances to make poor choices for the sake of popularity.
So whether your millennial is in need of a weight loss camp for college students, a fitness boot camp for musicians and artists, or maybe you’re simply looking for the best fitness retreat for job seekers, as your millennial is getting ready to enter the workforce – a trip to the Fit Farm can be a perfect graduation gift for college graduates, and a great, positive experience and chance for Millennials to stop dreaming about a better body, take control of their own health, and regain their confidence through an established and well-crafted fitness camp for young adults. As participants in our fitness and nutrition program, we help adults learn how to prepare healthier meals and to exercise in ways that suit their body type. Here, you and your child can spend time growing and improving together.