Savvy Health at Any Age: Tailored Advice by Decade
We’re all about being savvy here at Deliciously Savvy. But what we’d like to talk about today is being savvy about your health. It doesn’t matter whether you are in your 20s, 30s, 40s, or beyond, you will need different advice to stay on top of your physical health and well-being for each decade.
Here’s our short, savvy guide to maintaining a healthy body through the decades.
In Your 20s
Health problems? What health problems? We hear you ask this and we get it. In your 20s, it’s like you’re Superman or Superwoman. Nothing hits you. You’re Teflon. We hear you. However, in your twenties as a Millennial, what you most should be concerned with is not doing something that will badly affect you in later years. In a nutshell: don’t sabotage the older you.
Firstly, if you’ve put on weight and lost your fitness edge, get it back and drop the weight off. Believe us, it’ll be much harder to get back in shape in your 30s, 40s, or older and you’ll be far more prone to injuries when older too.
Eat the right things most of the time to avoid creating cavities in your teeth and causing yourself an injury that plagues you the rest of your life. Don’t think you’re superhuman and try to pick up a box that’s too heavy for you; that back problem that you get at 25 will only become worse as you get older. Taking care of your health in your 20s is more about what not to do than it is about a list of things to do.
In Your 30s
What hits you when you’re 30 is that people expect you to be serious and a full grown adult. Being silly and childish now just seems immature. You’re supposed to be all grown up by now; even the men. Therefore, eating right is kind of expected at this age. You don’t want to be walking around with 30 extra pounds because that’ll become 50 pounds in your 40s. If you’ve dropped off the treadmill, get back on it.
In Your 40s
At 40, you’re starting to think that life is half over just when you were getting into your stride. You’ll also notice that you cannot do what you did physically in your 20s. You will see twentysomethings and start referring to them as “kids.” Moving around seems harder. Your knees have started to creak when you stand up from the sofa. Getting up the energy to do some physical activity takes considerably more effort than it used to. You’re reminded every morning that you’re not 20 anymore and not 30 now either.
Eating healthily and being more physically active is still necessary. We’d suggest taking up more group sports like doubles tennis when you’re feeling like you cannot keep up with the youngsters on the baseball team anymore. And don’t forget to get your teeth checked.
50+ and the Senior Years
As the senior years approach, you’ll want to take stock of your progress. There will have been some ups and downs with your health. That’s normal. Now it’s all about maintaining for as long as you can. Gradually, some activities will become too much for you. That’s fine; replace them with new ones that set a more comfortable pace. Adapting to the changes in your health and basic abilities is what it’s all about in the 50s and beyond. And hopefully you took care of your teeth, so you still have a good set that you’re now grateful for.
Being savvy about your health is connected to knowing your body and appreciating how old you are. You can use the illness wellness continuum chart to assess how you feel.
While age is “just a number,” it’s still true that aging does things to your body even plastic surgery cannot hide eventually. Do the right thing for your body and it rewards you right back.