You look in the mirror and wonder what happened over the last few years. Maybe a few pounds have crept up. Or the reflection looking back at you is too tired and too, well old, to be you. Whether you have just celebrated the big Three-O or are heading rapidly towards your 40s, this is one of your busiest and most challenging decades.
Does this mean life in your 30s is all downhill from here? In Your Best Body Now, Tosca Reno lays out a comprehensive guide to helping women in their 30s prepare for a healthier body now and in the future.
But I am only in my 30s; can I worry about this later?
Think of the 30s as your adjustment period. You may have left your 20s behind, but still hang onto some bad habits. Your 30-something body cannot eat and drink the same way as before. Indulging in favorite foods now comes with a price as your metabolism slows down. The time to make changes is not sometime off in the future, but now.
Some of the common problems during your 30s include:
*Relying on quick on-the-go snacks and meals
*Higher stress levels, increased anxiety
*Multi-tasking; family, work, friends, social obligations
*Decreasing metabolism , muscle mass, and bone density
*Declining estrogen and progesterone levels
*Skin changes, in some cases women develop rosacea or ‘adult acne’
But I am too busy to devote time to myself!
‘If you want something done, give it to a busy person.’ Busy women know that they need to be at their best to have the energy and stamina to deal with all those responsibilities. Their secret? Taking time to ensure they are getting a balanced diet, proper exercise, rest, and stress reduction. Think of the busiest woman you know. Most likely, she is the one who manages to find the time to work out and eat right. Once you make yourself a priority, your health will improve both now and in the long term.
A few ways to make some small but important changes:
*Shop the healthy outer aisles of the grocery store where the less processed foods are
*Keep healthy snack options on hand and remove the junk food fixes
*Plan workouts each week; even just 20 minutes, three times a week helps
*Make fitness part of your lifestyle; do not think of it as a chore on the to-do list
*Talk to your doctor about ways to deal with insomnia
*Change up your skin care routine to deal with the skin you have now, not the skin you had in your teens or twenties.
*Find ways that help you reduce stress; take up yoga, delegate more tasks
*Look at your personal expectations; are there areas where you put too much pressure on yourself and others? Do you let others put too much pressure on you?
Keeping yourself healthy may appear to be the least important area to focus on right now. However, the choices you make now will affect your body and mind in the coming decades. Your 30s are the perfect time to take stock of past behaviors and to make changes. Putting off some simple changes now may mean having to make more drastic adjustments down the road. Your body will demand that you take urgent action for the sake of your wellbeing.
Please check out www.ToscaReno.com to learn more about Your Best Body Now!