There’s no doubt about it, everything you do in your 20’s will definitely take a toll on your body in your 30’s. You won’t see the effects right away, but you’ll definitely feel it when you attempt to do 3 BJJ classes in a row, replete with a fast food diet and lack of sleep. Fortunately for you, making a few lifestyle changes is all it takes to make everything better.
Whether you like it or not, change is inevitable, even for the fittest individuals. To ensure a lifetime of health and wellness, your workouts, diet and self-care rituals need to evolve as well. Adapting these to your age bracket would certainly ensure that you’d stay healthy, energized and injury-free for years to come.
Today, Evolve Daily reveals the ultimate must-do’s for anyone in their 20’s to live a worry, illness and injury free 30’s:
Get Into The Habit Of Exercising
When you’re in your 20’s, you feel invincible. You could have a cheeseburger for dinner and wake up with a decent looking set of abs. Your metabolism is still in high gear, along with your energy and you can stay up for two nights in a row without feeling horrible before your 10 AM Muay Thai class the next day. Why not take advantage of all this extra energy and start exercising?
Experts say that starting the habit of exercising in your 20’s would certainly lead to sustained healthy habits into your 30’s and beyond. If you decide to start martial arts, your 20’s are probably the best time to start. Who knows, if you stay consistent enough, you might be able to get your black belt by the time you hit your 30’s!
There’s no better time to change your diet than your 20’s. Experts claim that making healthier choices when it comes to food at this age will set the tone for your eating habits in years to come. Often times, because of the bad food choices many people in their 20’s (especially women) tend to make, they fall into the habit of crash dieting. Not only is crash dieting unhealthy, it’s not sustainable and it could potentially cause future damage to your metabolism.
Take some supplements
Let’s face it, your 20’s are a plethora of late nights, fast food binges and too much alcohol. Because of this, you probably aren’t getting the nutrition you need to help your body recover. If you aren’t already taking a multivitamin, you can start by supplementing with vitamins D and K. These two vitamins help you absorb calcium and strengthen your bones, making you stronger for your workouts. This is important because bone mass peaks in your 20’s. The stronger your bones are earlier in life, the stronger you will be later in life. To make up for the lack of fiber (the tomato and lettuce in a burger does not equate to eating a salad) in your body, opt for a kale smoothie or add a few teaspoons of chia to your regular smoothie bowl.
Take The Time To Relax
When you’re in your 20’s, you’re constantly on the go. Whether it’s to go out for dinner with friends, watch a movie, or to grab a few drinks, you need to take the time to relax and unwind. Even if its just 10 minutes out of your busy day or even every other day, walk mindfully to your favorite relaxation spot and sit for 5 minutes. Turn off your phone and absorb the scenery, then mindfully walk back. Trust us, you’ll feel great afterwards!
Get More Sleep
In your 20’s, you’re bound to have the occasional late night/week. It’s understandable; you’re still trying to live up what’s left of your youth. Unfortunately, the further you get into your 20’s, the more sleep you’ll need to recharge properly. As early as your 20’s, try to establish a regular plan that includes sleeping and waking at a decent hour. The more rest you get, the better you’ll feel the next day, making you less susceptible to a weakened immune system.
Of course your 20’s are a time to enjoy life and do what you love but it’s also the best time to jumpstart your fitness journey. The earlier you start, the easier it will be to establish these habits when you need them the most. So go on, start now! Your future self will surely thank you!