Being a twenty-something means living through a decade of new experiences and life changes. Many people feel that the 20’s are years when you are meant to live life to the fullest. However, if “living life to the fullest” means binge drinking every night with pizza for breakfast, you could be ruining your long-term health with short-term fun.
It is perfectly understandable to enjoy your high metabolism and functioning liver in your younger days, as long as it is within limits and not a daily indulgence. Failing to take proper care of your nutrition and exercise requirements in your 20’s could result in failing health and poor quality of life once you hit middle-age. Included here are a few tips for staying healthy throughout your 20’s so you can keep getting out there after 40.
One of the biggest contributors to poor skin quality and ill-health is dehydration. Depending on which expert you listen to, the human body is made up of 60-80% water. That water is pouring out of your body on a daily basis through perspiration and elimination. Refilling your body with pure water, no sugars and dyes, can help keep your skin glowing and your energy levels up. It is also especially critical before, and after, an evening out on the town.
While no one is ever too keen to hop on the treadmill, good physical health is dependent on exercise. Many experts recommend at least 10 minutes of physical activity each day where your heart rate is elevated. This could be as simple as a brisk walk to the store for dinner ingredients or as intense as biking to work every morning. Constant sitting has been linked to a multitude of diseases and illnesses, so get out there and move!
An easy way to keep up the nutritional content in your diet is by taking daily vitamins. While some consider vitamins unnecessary, many studies have linked an increase in certain nutrients to better health. With the recent raw food movement, vitamins consisting of raw ingredients are gaining popularity and should be considered.
If hindsight truly is 20/20, one thing you should learn young is to rest when you can. Many experts say that it is impossible to catch up on sleep once it is lost. While the 20’s are commonly a raucous time of nights out and spontaneous adventures, you should try to maintain a healthy level of shut-eye on a nightly basis. Even sleeping long hours on the weekend can’t undo a week of 4 hours a night!
This doesn’t mean take breaks from work or school. Taking a break for your health means to have a rest period from unhealthy habits in your life. You could go without alcohol for a few days, cut processed foods or even go sugarless; many people even enjoy the purifying benefits of a juice cleanse. Consider taking some time off from your favorite junk foods and give your body a detox once in awhile.