Recent studies have shown that when it comes to working out that Gen Z has some preferences and goals that set them apart from age groups. Gen Z is big into working out, with studies indicating that 48% of Gen Z adults partake in some form of exercise several times a week and another 25% work out several times per month.
Research indicates that most (80%!) Gen Z adults prefer working out in the gym or using home gym fitness equipment.
Creating a home gym is one of the best ways to ensure you get your workouts in and offer many benefits, including:
The preferred workouts by Gen Z may surprise some – but unlike previous generations that prefer weightlifting, CrossFit type workouts, HIIT workouts, and other more high-intensity routines, Gen Z is leaning towards more cardio-focused workouts such as jogging, running, walking on a treadmill, and utilizing cycle bikes.
A key difference in the way Gen Z works out compared to other generations is they are not seeking out fitness classes or guided workouts as much as older generations. In contrast, the goal for most of Gen Z when it comes to working out is not to get physically fit but rather to improve their emotional well-being.
With this in mind, some of the popular workouts among Gen Z-ers also includes yoga and pilates, as well as other workouts that help improve mental health and will help to minimize anxiety.
If you aren’t already partaking in regular exercise, knowing where to start can be challenging. Conversely, if you do work out regularly, you may be wondering how to adjust your workouts to benefit your mental health. The good news is, that this is not difficult to achieve, and this is more simple than you might think.
Research indicates that moderately intense exercise is enough to positively impact your mental health. Incorporating physical activity into your daily routine is ideal with the goal of adding 2.5-5 hours of moderate activity weekly or 1.5-2.5 hours of higher-intensity activity weekly. Moderate activity includes workouts such as walking, swimming, pilates, or lightweight training, while higher-intensity workouts can include jogging, cycling, team sports, or more intense weight training.
With all of this in mind, the best workouts for Gen Z are the ones they love. After all, doing a workout you hate will never be one that you stick to. Instead, Gen Z-ers should find workouts that help them meet their health and fitness goals, and are ones they enjoy.
If you are considered Gen Z try workouts like jogging or during cooler months walking on the treadmill. Cycle bikes, rowers, and ellipticals will all also provide great cardio workouts that will also benefit the individual’s mental health.
When building a home gym, Gen Z can also consider adding in pilates equipment such as floor mats, stability balls, fitness bars, or the Elevate Encompass.