5 Healthy Habits to Adopt Before You’re 30

As you make your way through your 20s, here are five healthy habits that should be part of your life before another decade ticks over (some may surprise you!).

When it comes to healthy habits, you probably feel like you’ve heard them all before: eat right, exercise more, sleep well, stop smoking. And while all of these are excellent habits to nurture – there are a few others you might not have thought about. As you make your way through your 20s, here are five healthy habits that should be a part of your life before another decade ticks over:

1.         Get real

Yes, your online relationships are important, but your real-life, in-person relationships are even more so. Make the time to call some friends and get out of town for the day or grab a mate and go to a CrossFit class together. Investing in your personal relationships can help you deal with anxiety and depression and can even have physical benefits such as improving your immunity and moderating your blood pressure.

2.         Start fidgeting

Chances are you’ve already entered the stage in your life where you’re spending most of your time in front of a desk. This sedentary lifestyle has been linked to all sorts of health problems, from obesity to diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Fortunately, tapping your toes, bouncing on a Pilates ball, or releasing and catching the occasional tennis ball while you work, have all been shown to improve your circulation, posture and heart health.

3.         Learn to cook

This one’s a great seduction technique and the sooner you learn it, the better. There are many benefits to learning to cook: it’s not only kind on your waist, it’s kind on your wallet too, and can teach you valuable lessons about nutrition. Start by asking your family or friends to help you if you’re a cooking newbie, or search for beginners’ recipes online – there are some delicious options out there!

4.         Start saving

Your budget might feel that it’s as lean as can be but learning to put a little money aside will not only give you a nice nest egg later on in life, it will make saving an important and ingrained habit. When you’re finally earning a decent salary, you’ll think nothing of siphoning off a portion every month, and you’ll be well on your way to financial independence.

5.         Don’t tolerate bad relationships

In her famous Ted Talk on the importance of your 20s, clinical psychologist Meg Jay says that, “as a culture, we have trivialised what is actually the defining decade of adulthood” – the decade you’re in now. “The best time to work on your marriage is before you have one,” she says. And that means not tolerating unhappy relationships simply because you’re “still young” and “not ready to settle down”. In your 20s, you’re setting the patterns that will see you through in years to come. Make sure they’re healthy ones.

Your 20s are meant to be fun and carefree and full of exploration. But they’re also an opportunity to define the adult you want to be for the rest of your life. Grab that opportunity with both hands – and make it count.

Sources:

·                Buzzfeed: https://www.buzzfeed.com/carolynkylstra/healthy-living-habits

·                Taking Charge: https://www.takingcharge.csh.umn.edu/why-personal-relationships-are-important

·                Web MD: https://www.webmd.com/sex-relationships/guide/sex-and-health#1

·                Eat This, Not That: https://www.eatthis.com/healthy-habits-by-30/

·                Ted: https://www.ted.com/talks/meg_jay_why_30_is_not_the_new_20?language=en#t-107092Real Simple: https://www.realsimple.com/health/fidgeting-benefits

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