With more people living longer, aging healthfully becomes a necessity. Until a fountain of youth is found, we’ll have to rely on adopting the best habits possible to ensure that as we progress through life, we’re doing so in a way that is optimal for our bodies. Some practices carry over from age to age, meaning that the small changes you start in your 20s or 30s will keep bringing you benefits long into your 50s. Keep reading to learn some of the best aging practices, as well as tips on staying healthy throughout life.
In your 20s
Dr. Oz told O, the Oprah Magazine that for people in their 20s, meeting daily calcium requirements is a must. We can increase bone density until reaching about 30 or so, and by making sure the daily requirement for calcium is met, people in their 20s can limit their risk of developing osteoporosis later in life. Most people in their 20s should strive for is 1,000 milligrams per day, and dairy is a great source of calcium and other nutrients for a healthy lifestyle.
Joy Bauer reiterated the calcium message to Today, adding three foods in particular that people in their 20s should start consuming. First up was a skim latte: Bauer favors the drink for its energizing powers and the calcium found in its milk. Next there was oatmeal, a heart-healthy way to start the day and much more nutritious than the multicolored breakfast cereal many enjoyed in their youth. Finally, Bauer said to eat spinach since the leafy green is a nutrient powerhouse that is easy to prepare, pack, and enjoy.
Insider Health adds that in this age range, it is key to find a fitness routine you enjoy and can stick to three times a week. Working out will increase your energy levels, and having a workout schedule now is a good foundation for later in life. Another foundation to lay is a healthy diet. To do this, slowly kick your fast food habit and start paying attention the vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that compose a healthy diet.