The “Uber” Generation
As we celebrate another Australia Day or as many refer to it as ‘Straya’ Day, to commemorate the establishment of the first European settlement in Port Jackson 1788, a question comes to mind. What does the great Australian look like as we embark on generational change, The “Uber” Generation?
The world is getting smaller, the pace is getting faster and the stat’s are we are all getting fatter. It’s not entirely educational based (lack of) as we can access any information about health, fitness or any other useless facts from Dr Google or Siri if we really want them. We have the capacity to move more with the growth of 24 hour gyms, group training studios and the continual rise of the number of personal trainers in the market place. So what is it, is it time or the added pressure that society places upon us that is the cause for our nations health decline?
Personally, I am blaming the “Uber” Generation as we live in a world now where everything seems to be accessible and if it is not we simply outsource it until we get it or get it done. There is little personal accountability for anything anymore. Our youth are growing up in a society thinking that everyone “wins”, they can get what they want when they want it, and hard work and sacrifice is a thing of the past. As a father of three kids and a small business owner I think this is breeding complacency amongst the entire population which is reflected in our nations health as ‘lifestyle diseases’ continue to rise at an alarming rate…
- 4% of Straya adults are overweight or obese. Even more alarming is that around 1 in 4 children aged between 5-17 years are overweight or obese.
- 23% of adults measured with high blood pressure (systolic or diastolic blood pressure equal to or greater than 140/90mmHg).
- Only 49.8% of adults meet the Australian Dietary Guidelines for recommended daily serves of fruit, while only 7% meet the guideline for vegetables.
- Only 55.5% of 18-64 year olds participate in sufficient physical activity
So what can you do to improve your personal accountability and state of wellbeing, both physical and mental? Refer to the Straya acronym. K.I.S.S (Keep It Simple Stupid) as a starting point:
- Move more
- Eat more Fruit & Vegies
- Stress less
- Drink more water
- Read & Relax
Fight the “Uber” Generation and live on your terms where hard work, sacrifice and accountability are your key ingredients to success.