Washington, D.C.—Eight in 10 Americans believe that their health is a “work in progress,” and many have been taking steps to improve their lifestyle, according to a press release from the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) and Herbalife.
“Be it exercising, healthy cooking or including more vitamins and supplements to your routine, for many, the pandemic has provided an opportunity to improve health habits overall,” said Dr. Kent Bradley, Chief Health and Nutrition Officer, Herbalife Nutrition, in the press release. “Consistency is key when one commits to a healthy lifestyle.”
This statistic comes from a new survey of 13,000 people in 24 countries, 2,000 of which are from the U.S.—a survey that found that 82% of people globally felt the same way, and that 89% of respondents are taking steps to improve their health.
The survey found that these steps are making a difference: 56% of global respondents can now run or exercise longer without feeling winded, and 48% have gone down a size or a belt notch—compared to 32% of Americans who can exercise longer without feeling winded, and 29% who have gone down a size or a belt notch. In terms of energy, 53% of global respondents have more energy throughout the day, compared to 29% of U.S. respondents.
The steps respondents are taking include exercising more, eating healthier foods, downloading a fitness app, taking walks during their lunch break, and taking vitamins or supplements.
Looking more closely at supplements, the survey found that the average global respondent spends about $286 annually on supplements, while Americans spend around $304 annually. While many plan to incorporate more supplements into their diet, only 69% said they felt knowledgeable about the health benefits supplements can offer—and when it comes to becoming more knowledgeable, 30% said they were most likely to get info from internet searches, media, and social media, and 27% said they would consult with their doctor. However, 77% would like to know more about the nutritional benefits of different supplements.
“Being well informed about the proper use, as well as benefits of nutritional supplements is critical as supplements can enhance every wellness journey,” said Brian Wommack, SVP, CRN, in the press release.