Too often, people in their youth characterize health issues as something that happens to older people. All of the at-risk factors for a variety of illnesses seem to apply over the age of 60, so while we are young and energetic, they seem distant concerns.
It's not always true, though. Illness can hit at any time, and even without it, our bodies are constantly changing. Apologies for being morbid, but it has been theorized that after the age of 21, we are all on a biological downward slope. It seems cruel for the end to be beginning as we are only just maturing, but it's a fact of life.
As the decades roll by, you will experience different life changes in health, fitness, and well-being. The only way to be able to mitigate the impacts is to be prepared for them. Look below at a brief guide to the challenges you will face as you age and, importantly, some ideas of how to handle them.
You will have more energy than at any other point in your life, but the stresses come from an outside force. This is a decade where we are fighting to settle. Stress, depression, and other mental health problems peak as we try and figure out what our lives will be like. Career and relationship struggles make the key focus of well-being one of mental issues.
Things may be more settled in your 30s, but this is the age where the bite of family life begins. As you try to juggle more and more issues, often with a career, stress becomes a huge issue. If you're too busy to eat correctly, nutrient deficiencies could lie in wait. You will also start to notice small skin-related changes, such as a loss of elasticity.
This is a great decade for implementing changes that you can reap the benefits of in years to come. Beginning a whole-life program like cenegenics is ideal, as it allows you to look at things holistically.
The signs of aging will be more apparent, especially if you did not partake in preventative action in the decade prior. If you're female, a loss of bone density will begin to become obvious, and you may suffer breaks and sprains more easily.
Your energy levels will begin to take a dive unless you specifically address them through diet and lifestyle changes.
Finally, this is the decade in which men are most likely to suffer mental health issues. Try and ward it off before it sets in, and consider consulting a therapist.
You're still in good health; perhaps not as mobile or supple as you once were, but it's nothing huge. This is when you can benefit from putting the work in in earlier years. Even if you haven't, making changes and doing a low-intensity exercise like yoga can help you catch up with where you should be.
The idea is simple: prevention is better than cure, but cure is always possible if you're willing to make the changes.