Lifestyle factors can keep us revving with energy and ambition… or sapping the creativity, motivation and clear thinking from every day.
We’re all guilty of thinking our fresh, flawless skin, abundance of energy, and all round, youthful attitude is here to stay indefinitely. But while our bodies are better equipped to deal with certain damaging lifestyle factors when we’re younger, it’ll only be a matter of time before they catch up with us.
The way you live in your twenties, and early thirties can have ramifications that stretch into our later years. Below, we take a look at a few “normal” lifestyle choices that it’s time to leave behind.
Friday Night Out
Ah, to be eighteen again: then, lifestyle factors meant going out on a Friday night, putting in a shift at work on the Saturday, and then doing it all again on the Saturday night. That robustness quickly begins to unravel when you’re approaching your mid to late twenties, however.
Then, your drinking won’t just leave you with a hangover that lasts one day; if you’re drinking too much, you’ll be sapping your body of its energy, fogging up your brain, and making your skin age faster. You’ll also find it harder to give up alcohol if you make it a normal part of your life.
Soaking up the Sun
Yes, there’s no denying that it can be pretty fun to get out the old swimming costume, hit the beach, and then soak up the rays for a few hours. A golden brown tan can make us look healthy – and there’s also the mood-boosting vitamins we get when we spend time in the outdoors, and especially in the sun.
However, it’s important that you don’t spend too much time in the sun. Skin cancer is more common than you might think! If you’ve been burned before, visit a skin clinic and get yourself checked out; most skin cancers are treatable if they’re caught early enough.
The sun is good, but only in moderation and if you’re wearing sun lotion!
To the Office and Back
Our work lifestyle factors just creep up on us. We’re so anxious to get a job, and then anxious to perform well, that we forget to consider if our working arrangement is suitable for our health.
If you’re in the habit of driving to work, sitting down all day, and then driving back home, you won’t be getting the levels of exercise you need to stay fit and healthy. Mix it your day with some intense training to ensure you stay healthy.
Not Learning to Cook
Of all the things you can learn in your twenties that will have long-term benefits to your health, none are as simple as learning to cook. Studies have shown that the people who learn to prepare healthy meals live longer and have better all-around health than those that don’t.
If you don’t know where to start, begin to by learning a few simple ingredient meals. Once you get comfortable in the kitchen, you’ll be able to make more advanced meals.
Don’t leave your health until it’s too late: make the changes while you’re young. Your body will thank you later!