Tuesday, November 3, 2015

How To Eat Right For Your Age (20s)

Good health and a killer bod might come naturally in your 20s but what about your 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s and even 70s? Here's how to eat right for your age and feel great at every stage of life.

Growing up isn't easy. Whether you're just entering the 'real world' after university, doing the kids and career dance, or preparing for retirement, all stages of life have their surprises and curve balls

In the words of Ferris Bueller "life moves by pretty fast". Nothing stays the same for long. And sometimes it can be so hard to keep up. This goes for health and fitness too.

As we age, our bodies change. Our focus changes, our motivation changes, our nutrition needs changes, our activity habits and abilities change.

How do we adapt and keep up the awesome even as we age?

How do we make the best of where we are, right here and now?

The trick is to focus on the right things at the right times. By giving our bodies what they need today, we can help ourselves stay as healthy and vibrant as possible.

Here's a quick guide to your best healthy habits to make the most of each life stage. But first a quick note.

Age categories are less meaningful or fixed than they used to be. Your age might not align with the commonly life stage.

For instance, you may come into parenthood early or late in life, or you might be an advanced senior without immediate plans for retirement, or you might have habits that are accelerating your biological aging or slowing it down.

Different decades bring unique features. Sometimes these 'unique features' are interesting or even rewarding, and sometimes they really suck.

That's where fine-tuning your exercise, nutrition and other health habits can really help. This guide shows you all.

The 20s; Building And Exploring

In our 20s, our bodies are at their biological peak in many ways. For example:

 We recover relatively quickly and well. 

Our bodies are pretty forgiving. We can get away with a lot of shenanigans, such as drinking a little too much, eating a little too much junk food, or skipping a few workouts. 

 We can build bone, muscle, and connective tissue relatively easily and rapidly. 

We’re at our most fertile, hormonally speaking, and often looking for love.
We’re also exploring and trying stuff — new educational opportunities, new career opportunities, new relationship opportunities, new identities and life situations.

The challenging stuff:

You might be combating the stress of trying to “make it” in school or the early stages of a career.

In particular, if you’re a competitive athlete, you can probably expect that most of your top performance will occur in your 20s; perhaps your athletic career might even be over by your early or mid-20s. That’s a lot of pressure.

Another common stressor at this age: looking good. The need to look a certain way might be a big motivator for you right now, and that can come with its own dose of stress and pressure.

 Your best health habits right now:

In your 20s, some of the best things you can do for your health and fitness may include:

Start to build your “owner’s manual.” Now that you’re out on your own, learn the fundamentals of exercise and nutrition choices and how they work for you. What is important to you? What are your goals? What healthy habits make sense for you and your life? 

Look for simple, general habits that you can still follow on a small budget or transient living arrangements 

Weight train regularly and get enough protein. (Yes, this goes for both men and women!) Your 20s is a great time to build muscle, bone, and strong connective tissues: you’re building a foundation for your body that will last the rest of your life. 

Consider a variety of activities. Cross-training will build a solid foundation of movement, and it will help you explore a wide range of options to see what you enjoy the most. This is especially important if you’re an athlete, as it will provide a great base for future development.

Reference; precisionnutrition.com

These are not too complicated yea?

Ages 30-50 will come with subsequent posts.

Stay healthy!


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