Looking after your body: 4 Things You’ll Regret Not Doing in Your 20s

As the old adage goes, ‘you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone.’ And when it comes to health, that is most definitely true. When you’re young and free of aches and pains, you feel invincible, just picturing yourself as an older person can feel somewhat impossible. But even if you can’t imagine being old, it’s important to do things today that will benefit you in the future. Here are a few of the ways you can look after your body today, to protect for the future.

Looking after your body: 4 Things You'll Regret Not Doing in Your 20s | UK Lifestyle Blog

Skin

If you want to maintain your natural beauty as you age, you’ll need to take care of your skin. Start a skincare routine and stick to it religiously. Use products specially formulated for your skin type, and invest in pampering oils and masks that you can use whenever it needs perking up. Keeping your body well nourished and hydrated will keep skin radiant, and quitting any harmful habits will prevent premature aging. Using sunbeds or sitting out in the sun for too long, smoking, drinking too much alcohol and taking drugs will all have an adverse effect.

Eyes

Our sight is possibly our most important sense. And so maintaining good eye health is vital. As we age, we’re prone to issues like cataracts and macular degeneration. Luckily these can be prevented by taking care of our overall health. Going for regular eye checks, quitting smoking and eating healthy can all stop them from forming. These are things you can do right through your life, and when you’re older, you can reap the rewards of having healthy eyes and good vision.

Joints

One of the common reasons for joint problems in older adults is arthritis. You can take steps to protect against this now by doing the following. Eat plenty of fish to get all important Omega 3s into your diet, these are crucial for healthy joints. Maintain a healthy weight, since any excess will put additional strain on your joints. Avoid injury, and when you do become injured ensure it’s correctly treated, and finally keep fit and exercise. This helps to keep your bones, muscles and joints all strong and healthy. You could also add an additional joint supplement to your diet, such as this one from Jolly Vitamins.

Bones

Fractures in older people can be extremely difficult to recover from. Out of approximately 250,000 individuals who fracture their hips each year, up to 35% will die from complications within one year. Fractures are more common in older adults since they’re prone to conditions like osteoporosis and osteoarthritis. The bones lose calcium and minerals faster than the body can replace them, reducing bone density and making bones more brittle. Thankfully there are things you can do earlier in life to help prevent this. You can store calcium and other minerals in your bones at a young age, which means you’ll be less likely to have weak and brittle bones when you are older. We all know that calcium is a crucial nutrient here, but consuming it along with vitamin D has been shown to help absorption. The ability for the body to store calcium in the bone requires the correct ratios of different minerals such as magnesium and boron. Eating a well balanced and healthy diet and doing enough exercise now will all improve your chances of good bone health as an older adult.

Author: Sam Charles

Meet Sam, the creator behind UK lifestyle blog, Strawberry Squeeze 🍓 Sam is a newlywed living in Cornwall studying her PgDip in Strategic Direction and Leadership with the Chartered Management Institute 🍕🐰 She's also the Founder + Director of multi-award-winning SEO & PPC agency, Float Digital ✨

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