It’s normal to not have the healthiest habits in your teens and twenties. However, by the time that you get to your thirties you need to have picked up quite a few healthy habits or the forties are going to hit you like a ton of bricks.
Here are the top healthy habits you should pick up by your thirties.
Make sleep a priority
When we’re younger it’s easy to not make sleep a priority. Between work, kids, and trying to enjoy life to the fullest, sleep automatically takes a back seat in our lives.
However, as we get older it’s more important to make sleep a priority. Not only will it help decrease the chances of developing horrible bags under the eyes, but it also comes with a ton of other health benefits.
Ideally, the goal should be eight hours a night, but as long as you’re making sleep a priority you can gradually work your way up.
See the dentist regularly
Once your adult teeth come in, you’re not getting any new ones if you lose some. Oral health is very important at any age, but as you age it’s really important that you see the dentist regularly so you can catch any potential problems as early as possible.
No one wants to be in their thirties with dentures due to a situation that could have been avoided. Plus, who wants to be the grandparent that creeps out the grandkids when they find your teeth in the medicine cabinet (lol).
As much of an inconvenience to your schedule as it may be, make time to see a dentist 1-2 times per year.
Get routine tests done
As we get older, routine doctor visits because more frequent.
Women have special exams they need to be performed every so often to check for breast cancer and other illnesses and if you have a family medical history of certain diseases it’s also important to make sure that you get a routine blood test done to hopefully get an early prognosis.
Understandably, no one likes going to the doctor, but with all of the at-home testing services available now, there’s no reason for you to be putting these things off.
When it comes to your health it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
Only take medication when necessary
Medication can be a good thing in some cases, but it’s not something that you want to become dependent on.
We’ve all seen the commercials where medication that was assumingly safe is recalled down the line because it causes side effects that the creators weren’t originally aware of, not to mention the fact that some medications can be addictive.
So, before looking to pharmaceuticals for relief for illnesses see if there are some alternative remedies available that will provide relief first.
Taking care of your bones
Your bones are something else that you don’t want to forget about. As we age, we become more at risk of developing osteoporosis.
During your doctor’s visits, this is something that can be discussed with your doctor if you are at risk.
See Also: Tips for Taking Care of Your Bones
Ideally, you should try to be active daily for about 30 minutes.
It can be something as simple as taking a walk first thing in the morning or after dinner. Just make sure that fitness is part of your daily routine.
It’ll benefit you physically and mentally.
Handle stress properly
Stress is a silent killer.
It can cause heart issues and other health problems over time. Therefore, it’s important to make sure that you’re handling stress properly as early as possible.
This can be done by only focusing on things that you can control, making time for self-care, and avoiding trying to drown your problems out with other unhealthy habits such as binge drinking, binge eating, etc.
Make sure you’ve picked up these healthy habits by your thirties
Just because you’re feeling good now, it doesn’t mean that you’re going to continue to feel this way as you age unless you start adopting healthy habits now.
You don’t even have to make a drastic lifestyle change all at once, you can start working on adopting them over the years so by your thirties you have a solid routine in place.