Fifty-seven percent of American women have experienced a health wake-up call that made them reevaluate their lifestyle, according to new research.
The survey of 2,000 American women aged 25–50 revealed, for 36% of those respondents, the catalyst was COVID-19.
Forty-four percent of those respondents said they reevaluated their lifestyle after a health scare, while 28% said having their child was the wake-up call they needed.
Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Thorne, the survey asked women about their health throughout the years and how they’ve adapted their wellness routines — and delved into what caused their health wake-up calls.
A quarter of women who experienced a health wake-up call said theirs was unfortunately the passing of a loved one.
Other health wake-up calls women experienced included going to their yearly physical, getting a new job and even getting married.
Nearly three-quarters of women surveyed said they have rolled with the punches life throws at them and have changed up their wellness habits as they’ve gotten older.
In fact, 65% of respondents said they actively look for ways to improve their wellness routines.
Topping the list of wellness routine evolutions included trying new vitamins or supplements, changing up their exercise routines and trying a new diet.
Thirty-five percent of women polled said their key to an updated wellness routine was starting yoga and another 33% had meditation to thank.
Just over a quarter of respondents also shared they’ve started therapy as a way to improve their wellness.
Half of the women surveyed, in fact, shared that improving their mental health is one of their main wellness goals.
Other wellness goals for women surveyed included increased their mental acuity and having more sex.
These wellness changes aren’t always easy, however, as 63% of women surveyed said they struggle to follow through with their health goals.
“If you don’t know why, you cannot possibly know how,” said Amanda Frick, ND, LAc, Thorne’s Executive Director of Medical Affairs. “Whether the motivator is your family, friends or an event, finding the ‘why’ is the most important step to keep you moving towards your goal and on the path to optimal wellness.”
Forty-five percent of women said their friends are the key to staying motivated to achieve their wellness goals.
Another 33% of those surveyed said their go-to motivator is sharing their progress on social media.
Nearly three-quarters of women also said they believe taking vitamins and supplements is a key factor of a successful wellness routine.
And four in 10 women surveyed said they’re reevaluating their vitamin and supplement regimens as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Even with the best diet and exercise program, we all need a little help sometimes,” said Frick. “Lifestyle factors, environmental stressors and genetic variations can all cause an increased need for nutritional support. Including nutritional supplements in your daily routine can help you accomplish your health goals.”
TOP HEALTH WAKE-UP CALLS FOR AMERICAN WOMEN
- Health scare — 44%
- COVID-19 pandemic — 36%
- Having a child — 28%
- Yearly physical/check-up — 27%
- Death of a loved one — 24%
- Getting a new job — 24%
- Surgery — 23%
- Getting married — 23%
- Getting their first mammogram — 18%
- Graduating from high school — 16%
- Moving to a new city — 15%
- Graduating from college — 15%
- Injury — 14%
TOP WAYS AMERICAN WOMEN HAVE CHANGED THEIR WELLNESS ROUTINES
- Tried new vitamins and supplements — 48%
- Changed exercise routines — 47%
- Tried a new diet — 43%
- Started yoga — 35%
- Started meditating — 33%
- Started therapy — 26%
- Met with a specialist doctor — 25%
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