Welcome to the 30’s! It’s great here! We have more confidence than we had in our 20’s, and (usually) know exactly what we want and are not afraid to go after it. Unfortunately, many women in their 30’s are so busy that they often put themselves last. Know that when you make your health a top priority, it makes your life (and the lives of your loved ones) easier. If you have been living a healthy lifestyle all this time, kudos to you! Even if you have not, it is never too late to start. Your 30’s are the perfect time to try new healthy foods and to up your weights in the gym. Here are some more tips to incorporate into your years of living healthy in your decade of fabulousness.
Control Your Weight: Women in their 30’s often notice shifts in weight, be it gaining in different places or difficulty losing weight. You may find that by slightly lowering your calorie intake and increasing your activity level, these shifts in weight can be quite manageable. Keep in mind that as we age, our daily calorie requirements decrease.
Overhaul Your Fridge: When you open your refrigerator and pantry, what do you see? Now is a great time to take charge and clear out all of the unhealthy junk and replace it with a plethora of color (vegetables and fruits), and whole wheat-based products. Your family (and your body) will thank you for it!
Keep Your Bones Strong: Strength and bone density tends to decrease as we age. Yes, even in our 30’s. You can keep your bones strong by introducing or continuing weight bearing exercises. The National Osteoporosis Foundation recommends both high and low-impact exercises. Check with your doctor to determine which is best for you. Some examples of high-impact are running, jumping rope and stair climbing. Low impact exercises are walking and using the elliptical machine. In addition, you should definitely be lifting weights to increase strength in your muscles as well as to maintain bone density. Core exercises are also crucial to maintain balance.
Know Your Body and Your Health History: Take inventory of how you are feeling right now. Are you stressed out? Are you getting good sleep and regular check-ups? Take control of your health. If you are thinking of having a baby, see your ob/gyn as soon as you can. Fertility decreases in your 30’s, and your doctor can help you increase your chances for a healthy pregnancy. If diseases such as heart disease and cancer run in your family, your doctor can give you a thorough evaluation and help you prevent and control these diseases.
Take Good Care of Your Skin: By the time you reach your 30’s, you may start to notice a few fine lines and some sun damage. According to Susan Taylor, MD, clinical assistant professor of dermatology at Columbia University, exfoliation will give you immediate improvement. It’s also crucial to always wear sunscreen to prevent any further damage. Find a great moisturizer with sunscreen and get more bang for your buck. Also, moisturize your body after a shower to keep skin soft and smooth.
What’s my #1 health tip? Laugh…often! Our world has so much to offer. Stay positive and get out there and enjoy life!