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Asia Pacific consumers shift priorities while aiming for a healthy, active lifestyle

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The Covid pandemic has served as a wake-up call, prompting individuals to be more conscious of the health and the lifestyle choices they make.

This was evident in Herbalife’s Asia Pacific Health Priority Survey 2023, which surveyed 5,500 consumers in 11 APAC markets found that 77 percent of them are more conscious of their health and wellness as a result of the pandemic.

The survey indicates the wisdom of crowds, providing us with insights into their health aspirations post pandemic, with lessons for anyone wishing to stay in good health for as long as possible.

Improved overall health, better sleep and enhanced immunity ranked as top health goals by Asia Pacific consumers

Notably, the survey reveals that consumers in the Asia Pacific region have shifted their priorities to focus an active lifestyle and holistic health – with improved overall health, better sleep and enhanced immunity as the top three health goals they aspire to achieve in 2023.

While previously, people may have concentrated on certain aspects of health, more than half of the survey respondents (51 percent) now prioritise improved overall health. This reflects increasing awareness of embracing a holistic approach to physical and mental health, underlining the importance of preventive self-care by adopting healthful lifestyles rather than waiting until sickness or infirmity to address specific health problems.

One aspect of maintaining overall health is getting better sleep, yet this is easier said than done – as revealed by 46 percent of survey respondents prioritising quality sleep among their health goals for 2023. Sleep issues are indeed increasing, and are associated with a range of negative health outcomes, including increased chances of diabetes mellitus, obesity, and derailment of cognitive functions. With quality sleep critical to our mind and body, people who have sleep problems should proactively seek ways to optimize their sleep patterns for the benefit of their physical and mental well-being. 

Our survey also shows there is the same amount of respondents (46 percent) whose goal is to enhance their immunity, indicating a heightened awareness of the interconnections between a strong immune system and the ability to ward off illnesses. Even as developments of vaccines and medicines continue, we can foresee that people will continue aspiring to have a strong immune system, as a crucial first line of defense against disease.  

Prioritising exercise and nutrition for a healthy, active lifestyle

As we all know, achieving healthy goals requires action, and it is heartening that the vast majority (85 percent) of survey respondents are already taking steps toward improving health. The top steps to health – each chosen by 50 percent or more of respondents – are: exercise regularly (62 percent); maintain a balanced, healthy diet (58 percent); maintain a regular sleep schedule (52 percent); and take vitamins/ supplements (50 percent).

These steps in fact align with what we advocate for living a healthy, active lifestyle. At Herbalife we believe that good health lies in balanced nutrition, combined with regular exercise and rest. It is clear from these survey results that people across the region appreciate the key role that nutrition plays in supporting their overall health. Prioritising good nutrition ensures that your body has the nutrients it needs to function properly, which includes fighting off disease.

Be it exercising, cooking healthy meals, or incorporating more vitamins and supplements in your routine, take the time to invest in your overall health. Consistency is key when one commits to a healthy lifestyle.

Support group helps overcome challenges

While many people are already working on their goals, the journey to holistic health and well-being is not without its challenges – and according to our survey, most survey respondents are discouraged by two main challenges: time constraints and a lack of motivation.

A support group can play a crucial role in overcoming these challenges, a fact realised by an overwhelming 84 percent of respondents. Indeed, social support is an important factor in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Surrounding yourself with supportive people who share similar health and fitness goals offers many benefits, including providing a sense of community and belonging, motivation and encouragement and more importantly, helping you committed to your goals along the journey.

Last but not least, anyone aiming for better health has the power to make positive choices that contribute to their overall wellness. This does not have to mean a drastic change in lifestyle. Even a minor shift in daily routine – like walking for 30 minutes or opting for the stairs instead of the lift – can result in significant health benefits.

It is also important to note and celebrate each milestone along the way, for a sense of fulfilment and to stay motivated. We encourage everyone to take charge of their well-being, for a healthier and more fulfilling life, by setting health goals and remaining on course to achieving them, supported by a community of like-minded people. 

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Article contributed by Stephen Conchie, Regional President for Asia Pacific and China, Herbalife

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