Most of us want to make our health and wellbeing a top priority, so perhaps it is no surprise that wellness is a burgeoning industry. According to a recent McKinsey & Company report, the global wellness industry is a $1.5 trillion market growing at 5 to 10% per annum. The same report defines wellness across six dimensions: better health, fitness, nutrition, appearance, sleep, and mindfulness. The pandemic has reminded everyone that health is the real wealth and caused many of us to reprioritize our physical and mental health.
However, the reality is that most of us are leading a more sedentary lifestyle now than we did previously — especially as we are staying indoors more. A study by NIH found that sedentary behavior has increased by around 30% in young adults as a result of the pandemic. Fitness and healthy nutrition, which were innate earlier in our evolution, now require more planning, making it difficult to get started. Some of us, who start on a healthy lifestyle eventually lose motivation and become inconsistent. Or we focus on only one aspect of health but ignore others. For a truly healthy lifestyle, physical fitness, mental wellness, and nutrition need to operate in unison; we cannot prioritize one at the cost of the others.
How can Microsoft Start Health help you?
1. Caters to your holistic health by bringing together insights from global health experts:
Many paid subscription-based apps only focus on a single aspect of health leaving users spending time and money hopping between apps for the tools and support they need. On Microsoft Start Health, you get the best physical fitness, mental wellness, and nutrition content curated by global health experts at no cost!
You can access to over 1700 types of workout sessions from global fitness brands and many of these workouts can be done right in the comfort of your home.
Microsoft Start Health provides unlimited access to diet plans carefully curated by top dieticians across the globe. Whether you are looking to lose weight or build muscle; whether you are a pescetarian or a vegan; whether you are looking for a seven-day detox plan or want to commit to a one-month diet program, you will find what you need on Microsoft Start Health.
Over 500 Mental Wellness sessions focusing on topics such as managing stress and anxiety, promoting good sleep, boosting self-confidence and many more. These sessions will help you relax and recharge your mind.
Access to a global pool of health experts
The best part is that if you still have some unanswered questions, you can always connect to a global pool of health experts. See questions they have answered previously on various aspects of health or post your own.
2. Getting started couldn’t be easier:
Imagine you are working from home and have a busy workday with multiple meetings. Your next meeting is after a 15-minute break. You can recharge your body in the break with various short workout sessions right at home without any fancy equipment. Here are just a couple examples: Relaxation, Tone Your Body. There are many such sessions, which you will find on Microsoft Start Health.
Let’s take another example. You have not been practicing healthy eating habits for the past couple of months. You do not want to commit to a diet for a long time. You are looking for a short meal plan to jump start your health. This 7-Diet Plan by renowned nutritionist Alli Shircliff can help with your goal.
3. Helps you stay motivated even in your home:
Suppose you have mastered one workout in your home. Uncertainty about the best next steps often causes people to lose motivation. How do you choose the correct workout to up your ante? What if the new workout you choose on your own does not help with your health goals?
Microsoft Start Health can help here too. On Microsoft Start Health, you will find many fitness challenges curated by health experts, aligned with your health goals. Let’s say you first try a 7-Day Weight Loss Challenge. Once you finish that, you can go for a 14-Day Weight Loss Challenge and eventually to a 30-Day Weight Loss Challenge.
That’s not all. As you complete a fitness challenge on Microsoft Start Health, you also get Microsoft Reward points, which you can redeem for gifts or even donate to non-profits. Does that give your motivation a boost?
4. Multiple Languages
Health and nutrition have to be personal – they have to make sense for you. AND make sense to you. Microsoft Start Health is currently live in 7 languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Korean. This means it is easier to find your workout in your native language, or your weight loss plan in your favorite cuisine.
Overall, the Microsoft Start Health Hub enables you to lead a healthier life with actionable content carefully curated by health experts from across the globe. Try it out today and kick start your wellness journey!
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