Getting older goes hand in hand with a number of positive changes – for some, it is a burgeoning career and financial stability, while others make time for family and growing relationships.
While added years lend themselves to well-rounded life experience, aging also brings about a few unwanted shifts within the body.
Here are four common physical changes that have the potential to take place prior to 30, and ideas for keeping them at bay.
Indulging in an entire pizza after a long day of work or school may not have warranted a second thought in your teens or twenties. Unfortunately, turning the big 3-0 may often mean a slowdown of metabolism for both men and women which makes that pizza binge a bad idea.
The rate at which we burn calories slows each year, starting as early as 25 for some, making our ability to maintain a healthy weight and comfortable physique a true challenge.
While taking shortcuts like fat burning supplements or dangerously low-calorie intake may seem like an easy fix, the only way to keep metabolism up to par is to exercise regularly.
Lean muscle mass allows the body to process foods in a healthy way, keeping excess pounds out of the equation.
All-nighters are not a “thing” in your 30s – or at least they shouldn’t be. Getting adequate amounts of sleep is necessary to maintain our day to day routines which only get more hectic as additional responsibilities are piled on. Some individuals can get by with as little as four to five hours of shut-eye each night while others need closer to eight or nine.
If you’re trying to keep a packed work and social calendar each day of the week, the body eventually screams out for a well-deserved break. This leads to exhaustion that may feel unending.
Focus on balancing life’s commitments with time to recharge each day, and speak with your primary care doctor if the fatigue doesn’t subside.
The skin acts as the barrier between internal organs and the array of elements we encounter each and every day. Being on the front lines means the skin takes a substantial amount of abuse throughout the years which can lead to a breakdown in appearance and strength by the time 30 rolls around. Tissues thin and wear down, and collagen – the biggest factor in maintaining that youthful glow – starts to deteriorate as we age.
Keeping up with a skin care routine that includes cleansing, moisturizing and sun protection plays a role in maintaining healthy skin over the years.
Eating a healthy diet and drinking enough water lend a hand in the skin department as well.
If the wrinkles, age spots or blemishes don’t let up with home remedies, a visit to a cosmetic doctor is helpful in determining non-invasive treatment options.
If you think vein issues are saved specifically for the elderly, think again. Varicose veins are a common issue that creep up on 20-somethings, causing unsightly bulges most often found in the legs. As vein walls lose their strength over time, blood pools in the veins to create unattractive and at times uncomfortable varicose veins.
Those who spend a substantial amount of time on their feet each day, who weight lift frequently, and pregnant women are more at risk of varicose veins.
Treatment of varicose veins starts with taking the pressure off your legs as much as possible. Reducing your lifting routine, maintaining a healthy weight, or elevating the feet after a long workday all help to ease the discomfort of varicose veins.
Wearing compression stockings may help in the interim as well, but meeting with a varicose vein specialist to discuss non-surgical treatment alternatives may also be on the docket.
Turning 30 does not mean a youthful appearance and overall health status is gone for good. Focusing on maintaining a balanced lifestyle that includes a smart diet, physical activity, skincare, and rest is necessary to keep your body at its best as you age.