Let’s face it. At 30, everything changes — especially our bodies. As depressing as it may seem, it’s a natural progression that we all have to embrace eventually. As gravity, stress, and life itself begins to take its toll on our physique, it becomes clear that it could all go downhill from here.
Although there isn’t some magical fountain to give us eternal youth, we can help our bodies fight against time and adapt to the inevitable changes that are coming our way.
Are you ready to have the best body of your life at 30? Today, Evolve Daily shares 5 Fitness Habits You Need In Your Life By 30:
When we work out, the last thing on our minds is stretching before and after. Often times, we’re just so pumped up/nervous about our work out that we forget to warm up our muscles beforehand. Next time you hit the gym, remember to stretch before class to warm up your muscles and afterwards to protect you from being sore. Nobody likes the feeling of waking up with achy muscles — and don’t even think about using it as an excuse to skip a work out day! By making stretching part of your routine, it will come naturally later on.
As working adults, we face the pressures of corporate life on a daily basis. We also start to settle down into long-term relationships and find ourselves with more and more responsibilities, compared to our carefree lives in our twenties. There’s no doubt that all this growth and change could cause unwanted stress, which might lead to health problems later on. Starting a new hobby like martial arts could prove to be cathartic, giving you an endorphin rush and a great outlet to release all that tension and anxiety you feel at work.
3) GET STRONG!
When we hit the big 3-0, one of the hardest things we have to deal with is the slowing of our metabolism. Gone are the days where we could scarf down an entire box of pizza and still have a flat stomach the next day. Fortunately, there’s a way to get that metabolism back (and it doesn’t require a strict diet of salads and smoothies) — strength training! Experts say that working on your strength helps you burn more calories during and after your workouts, which boosts your metabolism. It also prevents gravity from taking effect, making you trim and taut in your 30’s!
4) SET YOUR PRIORITIES!
In your 20’s, life was all about building your career and trying to find your place in the world. Your 30’s, however, are all about juggling your priorities to help you accomplish your goals. Because we’re always busy trying to keep our lives on track, we start to forget about the most important person in our lives — ourselves. We should make it a habit to make ourselves a priority and work on becoming the best version of ourselves possible. This means taking care of our health, no matter how hectic our schedules get. We should think of our workout as a reward, not as a way to atone for all the horrible food we’ve been eating or all the weight we’ve been gaining. The more we associate working out with finally reaching our goals, we’ll be more motivated to hit the gym!
5) WORK ON YOUR BALANCE!
As we get older, we spend more and more time at our desks, which gives us bad posture and balance. This makes it difficult for us to stand for long periods of time and protect ourselves from falls — something that we don’t think about when we’re in our 20’s. By practicing martial arts, we’ll develop a better sense of balance, fixing whatever postural problems we might have. It will also strengthen and lengthen our muscles, giving us the balancing skills we need in our everyday life. It also protects us from injuring our joints and knees, which becomes especially important with age.
Although accepting change is part of life, it doesn’t mean that we should completely let go of ourselves and stop any kind of wishful thinking. In our 30’s, it becomes even more important to stick to our goals and work on becoming better versions of ourselves everyday. By adopting a healthy, active lifestyle in our 30’s, there’s no doubt that we’ll feel better emotionally, physically, spiritually and mentally.
So tell us, are you willing to start living your life to the fullest today?