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How to Achieve Better Health In Your 20’s

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Blog post originally published on March 10, 2014

Some women worry about getting older. They fear gray hairs, wrinkles, osteoporosis, menopause, weight gain, decreased mobility or memory decline. They dread their thirtieth birthday—and then their fortieth and fiftieth. They long for the days when they were younger, and they fail to recognize the opportunity for joy in their present lives.

I’m 48 years old, and I will tell you—with confidence—that I’ve never been happier or felt better. I am living a vibrant lifestyle and it feels amazing, and yours can be too—especially if you start working towards maintaining your health right now so you can enjoy life to the fullest.

Maintaining a healthy lifestyle allows me to have the energy to spend time with those I care about and do the things I need and want to do. Over the next few weeks, look for posts on my blog with better health tips for your age group. We’ll start with the women in their 20s.

Exercise

What’s the best thing you can do today to ensure better health now and in the future? The answer is exercise. Science has shown it can reduce stress as well as lower your chances of developing obesity, heart disease, diabetes and some cancers. Additionally, the longer you’re physically active, the less you’ll find yourself affected by age-related issues including arthritis and loss of flexibility and muscle strength.

To maximize exercise’s benefits in your 20s, shoot for 30 minutes of weight training followed by 30 minutes of cardio at least three times a week plus additional hour-long cardio sessions another three days a week. At this age, your body should be able to handle six days of exercise and one day of rest. However, if you’re just starting out, you should gradually work your way up to this level of activity.

General Health

While you may not need to have a mammogram until you’re 40, it’s never too early to take steps to reduce your chances of developing breast cancer. While you’re in your 20s, it’s important to maintain a healthy weight, investigate your family history (a close relative with breast cancer before the age of 50 indicates increased risk), and perform regular self-exams. Do this every month around the same time—experts recommend about a week after you get your period.

Nutrition

You may be finishing college, beginning your career or starting a family (or even all three), and your life is likely to be a bit of a whirlwind. This can make eating right a challenge. According to researchers at Brown University Medical School, the average woman eats 25 percent more fast food in her 20s than she did in her teens. Unfortunately, this can cause you to miss out on crucial nutrients.

Even if your schedule won’t allow you to cook meals from scratch, you don’t have to hit the drive-through every night. There are plenty of healthy foods that are also convenient. These include wraps stuffed with veggies, low-sodium deli meats and cheeses, quick-cooking shrimp and salmon, instant brown rice and nutritionally sound frozen entrees from the freezer section of your grocery store.

At Kwavi.com, we believe it’s never too late—or too early—to make a change that will improve your life. 

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