If you are nearing your thirties, then I have some bad news for you: it’s all downhill from here! Well, that’s not quite right. You still have a long and prosperous life ahead of you – but you might need to make some changes to your lifestyle to make the most of them.
In this quick guide, we’re going to talk you through some of the bad habits you might have picked up in your teens and twenties. And, of course, why and how you should quit them before you enter your fourth decade. Let’s get started right away.
First up, you have to quit smoking. During your early years, your body can take a reasonable amount of abuse and still repair itself. But, this ability diminishes as you enter your thirties. And, as everybody knows, smoking can deal an incredible amount of damage, and lead to lung diseases, cancers, and strokes. Look into anything you can to kick the habit. Try nicotine gum to take the edge off. Google ‘how do e-cigarettes work’, and find out about the health benefits of switching. Or, just wake up one day and never put a cigarette between your lips ever again.
Hangovers are going to start feeling a lot worse as you enter your thirties. You won’t be able to bounce back quite so well after a wild weekend, and all that damage you inflicted on yourself when you are young is going to take its toll. Nobody wants to have liver damage, which can develop into serious problems. So, have a drink every now and again, but watch your limits. Take up other hobbies instead, and embrace a healthier lifestyle all around.
Your thirties is also a time that you have to start thinking about your future. You might plan on getting married and having kids in the next few years, so it’s best to get good saving habits in place before you do. Set up a pension plan, and make sure that a good percentage of your income is being put away in savings accounts. It’s the only way you’ll be able to buy a house and have a healthy financial future.
Your body’s metabolism drops significantly when you’re in your thirties. That means that unless you are regularly exercising, you are going to put on weight. And, you’re going to have to work a lot harder when you have put that weight on. The next ten years can define the shape you are in for the rest of your life, so integrating a fitness regime is essential.
Living in the past
The chances are that when you hit your thirties, you will have made many mistakes. It’s normal – and it’s what you do to learn when you’re young. But, don’t let those mistakes define the rest of your life. There is always a chance to start afresh and do things in a new way. Don’t forget about those mistakes – after all, they have made you who you are today. But don’t let them hold you back on the next stage of your journey.