There are a lot of things in life that we have no control over. The weather, how other people behave, and gas prices are but a few. Another aspect of life we have no control over is our age. Try as you may to stop it, you are going to get older with each passing day. And the days will turn into months and the months turn into years. Before you know it, you’re celebrating your 70th birthday wondering where the time has gone. And while you can’t control getting older, you most definitely can control how you age. It’s up to you how good you feel as you age, and just like your momma told you when you were growing up, positive eating and sleeping patterns play a core role in your health.
To help ensure you’re doing things the right way, we’ve put together a helpful go-to guide that outlines a variety of tips you can follow through each decade of your life. And best of all, it doesn’t matter if you ignored your health in the past. It’s never too late to turn things around by practicing healthy habits.
Learning to make good food choices, hitting the gym, taking care of your skin, practicing safe sex, and developing healthy relationships is essential for your 20s. Inadequate sleep will deprive you and inhibit you from making good choices in all of these areas. While you may feel like you can tackle the world in your 20s, this decade can bring many challenges, but it also serves as an excellent opportunity to establish healthy habits that are sure to positively shape your life and your health for years to come.
This decade can be quite challenging as you find yourself juggling a career and potentially raising a family. Your busy daily schedule needs to include time to take care of your body, mind, and soul. Good food and exercise choices can help reduce risks associated with chronic health issues later on down the road. As you take on an enormous amount of responsibility in your 30’s, you need a strong support system, so be sure to nurture relationships with friends, co-workers, and family. Short getaway trips with friends can renew you both mentally and emotionally.
Your parents are getting older, the kids are starting to take on a life of their own, and your career is demanding more and more of your time. Your 40’s is hard, but it’s critical to take a deep breath and evaluate your wellbeing. It’s also especially important that you look ahead and plan for the future because many health problems begin to increase in these years.
Exercise and a healthy diet including, fruits and vegetables, can reduce stress and keep your heart and mind healthy. While you may have lost touch with some of your friends because life got so busy, your 40’s is a decade to carve out time to strengthen and grow the relationships you have maintained.
Good communication and a good relationship with your doctor can be a valuable asset during these years as questions and health concerns arise. Health screenings and tending to your emotional needs should be of most importance during this era. If you have an empty nest now, its time to do things that make you feel happy and healthy. Always make sure to spend time with others that support you and share the same values. Cultivating your friendships correlates strongly with healthy aging.
At every age, you can improve thinking and physical fitness. Just because you are a little more weathered now doesn’t mean you have to feel like you’re limited. If you’ve been active in the past few decades, your bones, joints, and muscles should remain strong throughout your 60s. Be sure and focus on diet, exercise, sleep, and healthy relationships once again as you did in your 20s. Your lifestyle plays a major role in how sharp your brain stays. Participate and play brain games, such as trivia, crossword puzzles, or board games, with family and friends to keep a mental edge.
Healthy sleep routines should be a priority in your 70s. This is essential to maintaining high levels of energy and to remain active and happy. Having a strong sense of purpose and embracing your age at this stage in your life is important as well. Do the things that make you feel purposeful, such as volunteering, rediscovering friendships from the past, and connecting with your higher power regularly.
It’s up to you. Are you making positive choices for your health?