They say it takes 3 weeks of repetition for a good or bad behavior to stick. Are you working on the good ones over the bad? Start young, and instill good healthy behaviors into your daily lifestyle. It’s easier to do, and you are more likely to hold onto them later in life this way. Here are 10 good lifestyle choices to make before you leave your 20′s.
1. Learn To Enjoy Exercise
The best way to learn to love exercising is to find the one that works best for you. Whether its Yoga, Pilates, biking, swimming, etc. if you enjoy it your more likely to do it. Exercise not only maintains your health and weight, it boosts your energy, and improves your mood.
2. Drink More Water
Meeting and even in some cases exceeding your daily water needs is important. If you need to carry a tumblr or bottle to help you increase your water intake, then do it! Whatever it takes to coerce you do it! If you aren’t much of a water drinker try these Fruit Infused Water recipes.
3. Quit Smoking!
If you didn’t know that smoking seriously increases your odds of getting cancer YOU MUST LIVE UNDER A ROCK! Research indicates that women who quit lighting up before 40 live at least 10 years longer.
4. Stand Up
There is plenty of research that indicates that sitting increases your risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease. The shocker is this is even for those who regularly work out. So what are you waiting for get up and MOVE!
5. Find The Best Birth Control For You
Yes birth control is a big thing to consider, and for some it’s not necessary. There are downfalls to birth control, but if you are sexually active, and aren’t planning a family in the near future then you should at least consider the options. Unplanned pregnancies will rearrange your life goals. Find out here why you should stop using the Pull Out Method.
6. Drink In Moderation
If your like most Americans, you find any reason to drink. Monday is your favorite day just because it’s the first day of the week right? You should consider the U.S. dietary health guidelines for consuming alcohol. They suggest no more than 7 drinks a week, and no more than 3 in one day. Over doing it can lead to weight, skin, liver, and overall health issues.
7. Get Insured
As much as you might think it’s cool to say that you never have to go to the doctor, it’s not. If all you have to go for is an annual check-up great, but go! Insurance is not an option it’s an necessity. You never know when you may get into an accident, develop some rare disease or illness, get pregnant. Trust me insurance will be your best friend then!
8. Learn To Love Your Body
Learn to appreciate all that your body does for you. Even if you don’t have that perfect butt, or the flattest stomach, know that your temple is yours! Once you learn to love you, you will consciously take care of yourself, keeping you healthy and living longer.
9. Spend Time With Friends
Not only will it help you de-stress (which is important for mental and heart health), but at least one animal study also suggests that it may result in your body burning more calories. So even when things get crazy-busy, make some time to catch up with your girls—your health will thank you!