Health Goals For Different Phases of Life

Every decade in your life is marked by opportunities and challenges for you to face and hopefully overcome.  These changes effect you in your finances, work environment, personal life and in your body.  Building healthy habits from the start can make drastic modifications at later ages less relevant.

When you’re in your 20’s, you feel invincible. You’re strong with an energetic metabolism and energy abounding; which is good because you’re probably starting a career with financial challenges abounding. Poor eating, drinking, or smoking habits started at this age can remain with you for a lifetime.  Start strength training to build lean muscle and bone density.
Finding balance and reducing stress is a hallmark of your 30’s.  Elevated cortisol levels (stress hormone) can lead to a host of health issues and back and belly fat.  Many people’s schedules are jammed with work related issues and are elevated with the responsibilities of children and family.  The anxiety associated with all of these pressures leads many to use food as an emotional release and regular exercise is often the first thing to be trimmed from the day.  This is counter-productive for a variety of health reasons. Packing weight on at this age actually reduces energy when you so desperately need it!  Grabbing processed foods on the go just exacerbates the negatives. Exercise will help you reduce your stress level.  Finding a balance between cardio and strength training will help you keep your metabolism running and help you keep muscle tone and shape.
Your 40’s is a coming-of-age time. You’re more established in your life in most ways and more mature in your understandings of priorities, including your long-term health. Staying strong and flexible in this decade allows you to manage the aches and injuries that may come about more frequently now. Mixing yoga, pilates or other meditative forms of exercise allows you to retain flexibility, tone and balance.  An aging process called sarcopenia, which often begins at this age, results in the loss muscle mass and strength.  Counteracting this with resistance training is critical.  Eating a balanced diet of whole, unprocessed foods becomes more important to manage slowing metabolism and the loss of muscle mass.  This is not a good time to start some trendy fad diet or cut out carbs or proteins.  Carbs and proteins help you feel full and energized and also help with muscle repair.  Try to add cinnamon, hot peppers and ginger to your diet.  All will help with revving up your metabolism.
50’s and beyond is a time of freedom for many.  Established in careers with children getting older and menopause almost over.  It’s time for FREEDOM!  For the same reasons discussed at ago 40, continued, regular workouts will help you maintain your energy level and the balance and tone needed for everyday tasks.  Many women find a balance in group classes like barre class, zumba and yoga between workouts and social interaction.  Because more health concerns such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer become more relevant, your choices for unprocessed food has increased significance.  Getting advice from a nutritionist can help you model your ideal food plan.
It’s a journey of stellar and challenging moments but can be fabulous if you invest your time and efforts.

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