The inevitable happens, on your 30th birthday, you look in the mirror and wonder who is this fat person staring back at you? Life has caught up and all of those bad choices are starting to show. The great hair, great body and great physical fitness are a distant memory.
Now though, some of these may apply to you; you have a career not a job, a wife not a girlfriend, and a house not a flat. You’re off minimum wage and have more disposable income. You can dress nicely, go to fancy restaurants and afford to get your hair cut more than once every 8 weeks!
While the career and “life” has started to be successful, having time for yourself and your own health and “wellness” has become a challenge. Sure, you cycle to and from work, but your time is taken up with work, seeing friends, social activities and holidays. The working hours are from 8-6pm, which means you’re barely moving and burning calories.
Doing what you’ve always done will get you what you’ve always got. Make a shift somewhere do start to become healthier in your 30’s.
Here are some ideas to consider to make your 30’s healthier than your 20’s.
Making more time for yourself
If you work from 8-6 pm, you’ll think that you don’t have any time for yourself, but you do. You have time at lunch and before/after work. Along with this, you have 2 full days off per week (if you work a conventional working week) to really look after yourself.
Make time in your schedule to fit in some exercise and some better food choices. Figure our how to get more exercise in, there are always ways to move more. For instance, walk or run to work instead of taking the smelly public transport.
Improving your food choices
There was a time when you could eat as much as you like, but you can’t now. When you were younger, you did more activities and had a higher metabolism than you do now. If you work in an office, you’re classed as having a sedentary job meaning you burn very few calories. Your food choices should suit this level of activity. You can still enjoy your favourite foods, but just not to excess.
Activities to try that are free
Activities that are free and enjoyable are long hikes/walks. You can burn a lot of calories, achieve a lot of steps and get yourself away from city life. It’s also a good getaway from “it all” to forget about the stresses of work or personal life.
Depending on how far you’ve strayed from your 20’s physical peak will depend on how much of a change you’ll have to make. Some may only need a few tweaks here and there. Others may need a complete overhaul.
Either way, to be successful at this you must pick things that are changeable long term to avoid the slip backs. Avoid the “yo-yo” diet/exercise routine. From experience, it never works long term.
You can’t detox for your whole life. Start with small goals like drinking more water, sustainable exercise routines and take it day by day. Be better than yesterday, be better than your 20’s.