When it comes to your health, it’s never too late to start something, no matter what age you might be. But what’s also the case is that the sooner you start, the better.
You will thank yourself later on down the road, so take a read of these 10 quick and dirty healthy habits to start following now.
1. Get a good night’s rest
The older we get, the harder it is to get a full eight hours of sleep with all the things going on in our lives. Getting the essential six to eight hours of sleep a night will help improve how you go about throughout the day. Figure out a sleep schedule that works for you and follow it.
2. Establish an exercise routine
It’s important to keep that body of yours in shape as well. Starting in your 20s is the way to go because your metabolism is still at its peak and the changes you make now will affect how your body looks and feels years down the road. So, go out and discover all of the different types of workouts, mix it up and I am sure you will find one that you love.
3. Take care of your skin
Taking care of our skin is extremely important at any age. To keep it looking fresh and beautiful, make sure to wash your face every night and if you happen to forget, use a facial cleansing wipe, which is better than nothing. Besides washing your face, you should also use SPF lotion to keep your skin looking young. You should use it even if you are indoors for most of the day.
4. Train your brain
Challenge your brain to different things, such as doing crosswords, playing games, even reading a book. There’s also a ton of great apps out there that will help keep things sharp. Anything to help keep your brain healthy and to help prevent brain disorders such as dementia or Alzheimer’s.
5. Limit your alcohol intake
In your twenties, you’re definitely at that age when you like to go out and have fun with family and friends. And, of course, alcohol might be involved. It can be fun and all, but be sure to limit your intake as drinking too much can hurt your liver in the long run and can age you prematurely—something no one wants. So watch how much you drink and your body will thank you in the future.
6. Eat healthier
It’s okay to indulge once in awhile with your favorite foods, but it is important to eat right as well. Add more fruits and vegetables to your daily diet to get the vitamins and minerals your body needs. You can find so many healthy recipes online, but if you want to start small, then begin by adding a smoothie for breakfast or swapping chicken and rice for your usual pizza.
7. Take care of your teeth
Just like taking care of your body with diet and exercise, it is important to take care of your pearly whites as well. Be sure to brush your teeth twice a day and if you can remember, floss as well. Besides brushing, make an appointment to see your dentist every six months, even if you hate it. You don’t want to lose your teeth, do you? Didn’t think so.
Take some time for yourself and just relax. We stress over way too much these days so it’s important to set aside even just a few minutes to unwind. Breathe, meditate, do whatever you can to make yourself feel better. And yes, if that means binging a new favorite show on Netflix, then go for it.
9. Schedule regular checkups
Visiting the doctor is just as important as going to the dentist. Take care of your health and schedule appointments to see your doctor, gynecologist, optician, you name it, to make sure you are healthy and stay that way. It can be an annoying hassle to pick up the phone and schedule it (oh, how we miss the days when our parents did it for us), but just think of how good you’ll feel once you get it done.
10. Save money
Last but not least, save money. You never know when you might have an emergency and need that cash. Or, save that money for something you need in the future such as purchasing a new car or house. Each week, set aside money, even if it’s not a lot. Over time, it will add up.