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Stress is taking a toll on Aussies with recent findings showing nine in ten (88%) are seeing major impacts to their overall health and wellbeing. 


Despite being clued in on the healthy habits that help alleviate stress, the research commissioned by number one global nutrition and food tracking app, MyFitnessPal, showed that healthy routines of exercise, sleep, and good nutrition suffer the most  at times of high stress. 


“Aussies are stressed out - and it's taking a toll on their ability to make healthy choices. A lack of sleep can exacerbate stress, which can lead to poor nutrition choices and overall fatigue. Each element is intertwined, creating a vicious cycle that can impact overall wellbeing. Keeping track of your nutrition and exercise habits can really help in these moments of stress, and make you feel less overwhelmed or more in control of your wellbeing” said Australia’s leading sleep expert, Olivia Arezzolo.


When asked what routines were important to follow when stressed, physical exercise (58%), sleep (51%), and increasing nutrient rich foods such as fruit (42%) came out on top for Aussie respondents. 


However, despite their best intentions, a good night's sleep (60%) was found to be the routine most impacted for stressed out Aussies. 


It doesn’t stop there, as over half admitted their diet (52%) is negatively impacted, while a third (33%) said exercise routines suffer. As a result, more than a third (38%) even reported illnesses (38%), such as headaches or sickness (38%). 


“While Aussies are knowledgeable when it comes to healthy habits, it can be difficult putting this into practice. At MyFitnessPal, we want to help Australians by providing them with the tools and information they need to support them in moments that matter, ”said Katie Keil, Chief Marketing Officer at MyFitnessPal. 


“Our recently launched ‘Sleep’ in-app integration allows users to track their sleep, nutrition, and fitness in the one location so that they can get a holistic view of their wellness and see how the quantity and quality of what they eat impacts their overall health,” continued Keil.  


MyFitnessPal’s recently launched ‘Sleep’ app integration has been created to help users more easily keep track of how their food choices impact their sleep - giving them insights into their ‘wellness trifecta’ in one place.


By presenting users with sleep cycle information using data from connected sleep devices (such as Apple Watch or FitBit), alongside their food diary, users can see how their nutritional choices are impacting their sleep and overall well being.


Alongside the new sleep integration, MyFitnessPal is also offering members a free ‘Eat Right, Sleep Tight’ plan that aims to help users break the cycle of exhaustion with 5 days of tips and tricks that address meal timing, hydration, and a bedtime routine for a restful, restorative night’s sleep. 


MyFitnessPal is the number one global nutrition and food tracking app that helps its 200 million members achieve their health and wellness goals. You can track your nutrition, fitness, and sleep for free, by downloading MyFitnessPal on Apple, Google and other android platforms.


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Key Facts:


  • Stress is taking a toll on nine in ten Aussies, with 88% saying high levels of stress is  impacting their overall health and wellbeing.

  • New research from number one global nutrition and food tracking app, MyFitnessPal, has highlighted that Aussies are clued in on healthy habits but are struggling to implement them in their daily lives. 

  • While Aussies cited physical exercise (58%), sleep (51%), and consuming nutrient rich foods such as fruit (42%) as the most important routines to follow when stressed, these were also the most negatively impacted during times of stress. 

  • With over 200 million users worldwide, MyFitnessPal is supporting Aussies stick to healthy habits through it’s free ‘Eat Right, Sleep Tight’ plan that aims to help users break the cycle of exhaustion  

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