Your health is one of the most important assets you’ve got, but it’s easy to take it for granted. In your teens and early 20s, you can feel like you’re indestructible - but that won’t always last. Good health is something that you need to work at, and taking some action now will benefit you both in the present and in the distant, distant future. Some simple changes are all you need to help you take a more grown-up approach to your health.
Ready to get serious about your health? Here are some tips on being healthy in your 20s.
Sort out your sleeping pattern
Having the right amount of sleep is absolutely vital for good health, yet so many young people fail to get enough. Striking the balance between too much sleep and not enough is important, and you should be aiming to get 6-8 hours a night. A lack of sleep can lead to all sorts of problems with your concentration and your mental health, while also starting to take its toll on your physical health. Have you tried blue light glasses? They could be a way to lessen the impact of using electronic devices before bed, helping you get to sleep easier at night.
Take care of your teeth
Most people want a nice, bright smile but having healthy teeth goes beyond how white they are. Your oral health is important for reducing your risk of heart disease, while dealing with toothache or gum problems is not a pain that anybody wants to experience. Brush your teeth twice a day, floss, use mouthwash and keep up with your dental appointments and keep the number of an emergency dentist to hand. Your teeth need to last you for life, so make sure you take care of them.
Exercise can offer so many benefits, but are you getting enough of it? The recommended physical activity guidelines for adults say that you need at least 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity a week to stay healthy, as well as strength-based exercises twice a week. From helping to keep you fit to maintaining a healthy weight, fitting exercise into your week is a no-brainer. If you struggle to find the time - try getting up earlier in the morning or exercising on your lunch break to help you get it done.
Think about what you eat
You’re always on the go in your 20s, and eating out or getting takeaway easily becomes a part of normal life. But is your diet considered healthy? In your 20s you might notice that it’s easier to gain weight, and a lot of that is down to diet. Take a more sensible approach to eating by making more food for yourself - meals out and takeaways should be a treat while the bulk of your diet should be packed with fruit and vegetables, as well as protein sources. Making a food plan is a good way to stick to a healthier diet, and could even save you money on your weekly food shop too.
There are a lot of things you can do to be healthier in your 20s, but you need to be willing to make the changes to your lifestyle. Get serious about your health now and enjoy the life-long benefits.