How to Finally Start Taking Care of Your Health in Your 30s

how to stay healthy in your 30s

As you consume your third decade one day at a time, you can’t help but feel embarrassed by the way you looked at 30-something women when you were in your early 20s. Now that it’s your reality, you feel young and you have so much to look forward to in your 30s. At the same time, you want to make sure you know how to stay healthy in your 30s.

Because your body’s been acting all weird. It has a temper and it’s fragile and easily irritable. It makes you wonder if you’re being naive about your age and just kidding yourself into thinking that you’re still young and healthy.

It doesn’t matter if you feel like a teenager or a millennial hag. If it takes 7 days for you to recover from a hangover or you Google “back pain” a little too often or the idea of wearing heels to work just gives you agony, it’s time for a change.

There are habits you need to adopt in your 30s if you want to get or stay healthy. These habits help maintain your current health. But they also improve it so that you can enjoy your 30s as well as the following decades.

How To Stay Healthy in Your 30s

Keep reading for 5 important tips on how to take care of your health in your 30s.

1. Pay attention to your posture.

A total of 10.950 days, and counting! 30 years is humbling. And I don’t just mean mentally. It’s physically humbling. You slouch as if life’s bringing you to your knees.

Our screens don’t help and neither does the at-home working environment. Having a good posture is aesthetically pleasing. But there’s so much more to it than that.

Good posture is important for your spinal health. Standing up or sitting down too long with poor posture makes you more prone to back pain, shoulder pain, herniated disks in the back and the neck.

Cumulatively, they cause disk degeneration later in life. This type of health problem requires a lot of visits to the doctor’s office and a lot of help from a caregiver.

And trust me, if you’re like me and don’t see yourself getting married in this lifetime, you don’t want to have a herniated disk in your list of problems when you’re older and still alone.

So, one of the most important things you need to do to stay healthy in your 30s is to pay attention to your posture. Do your planks. Regularly check your posture.

Improve your working area by using a riser for your laptop. Change positions regularly to avoid staying in the same position for too long. Correct your posture.

And excess fat around the belly doesn’t help, which brings us to the next tip.

2. Mind the belly fat.

This has absolutely nothing to do with trying to fit into a beauty standard. You do not need a flat stomach or chiseled abs. Forget about those.

However, belly fat negatively affects your posture and spinal health because of imbalanced weight distribution. It makes you slouch.

And there’s more. Excess weight around the belly is associated with a higher risk for diabetes and cardiovascular diseases (1).

When you think about it, and not to be presumptuous or anything, but a few pounds in the belly is probably not the only unhealthy habit we have. We drink, we smoke, we sleep less, and we stress more.

So, keep an eye on your weight to make sure you’re maintaining a healthy waist-to-hip ratio. Eat more proteins to feel full and maybe go easy on the salt & sugar.

The healthy attitude here is not going on a strict diet. You shouldn’t look at healthy eating as something that needs to be done for a month until you reach a certain weight.

It needs to be your general attitude. Only then, it becomes something that can be done and that can last.

Freaking out over your weight and trying out unhealthy diets is only going to make things worse. In fact, there’s probably no quicker way to get unhealthier.

3. Make one meal a priority.

We don’t always get a chance to eat nutrient-packed meals 3 times a day. Most of the time, you get one good meal per day and just stuff yourself with snacks and coffee for the rest of the day.

Not to mention the mood and energy drop we try to sweep under the rug with the help of several cups of coffee.

Some of us even forget to eat! To make sure you get enough nutrients to cover you at least for half of the day, focus on one meal, and never skip that one.

Depending on when you have the extra time to enjoy a proper meal, you can prioritize breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

4. Consider supplements.

We don’t always have the luxury to get our daily dose of essential vitamins from our meals. That’s what supplements are for. They make sure you’ve got your daily supply of whatever it is you’re taking.

They’re important not only for maintenance but also for prevention. If you’re not a fish person, you might be missing out on omega-3s, which are important for your heart’s health.

Similarly, you might be missing out on B vitamins. And some of those are super important for maintaining a certain level of energy throughout the day.

And the others are important for the health of your hair and skin. Take advantage of those daily vitamin supplements in the form of sublingual or quick-dissolving tablets.

5. Change your perspective on healthy living.

If you look at healthy living as a task, it becomes undoable. When you hear “exercise”, your mind wanders off to workout gear, maybe a treadmill, a space in your apartment for the treadmill, new sneakers, the perfect time to run…

These prevent you from taking action and actually starting to exercise. You don’t necessarily have to go out of your way to start living healthy.

You squeeze these things into your daily life. Or else, you’ll never be able to do them. Taking the stairs, grabbing a banana from the fridge in the morning, moving around a little listening to your favorite pump-up song, also getting a salad bowl when you’re getting your coffee-to-go…

These are more realistic and doable. You integrate these habits into your daily life without making it a whole thing. That’s how you stay healthy in your 30s and onwards.

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