In less than a month and a half, I will no longer be in the 20s league. And I feel really good about it – not that it hadn’t been so much fun, but I look forward to my 30s. I actually don’t feel like 30 at all. If I think back, when I was a child, I always imagined 30 year old people to be so serious, so grown up, so not young anymore. 🙂
In my opinion, 30s bring with them another youth period – the age when you finally accepted who you are, the age when you finally pretty much know what you’re talking about, when you’re not shy any more, when you know how and when to ask for what you want. So yes, it’s another young period in so many ways… Instead of drunken party photos, your Facebook friends are all about weddings, and baby pics. It’s the time when you decide to make healthy changes in your lifestyle, decide to run a 5K, a 10K, or even a half-marathon.
(photo credit to digialart)
Speaking of healthy changes, the other days I came across an article in Women’s Heath Magazine about the 15 fitness habits need to be established in your 20s. So I read the article and checked / left unchecked the habits. Here’s what I managed so far… but I still 1 more month to go so, I’ve got lots of time. 🙂
- [checked] Fall in love with strength training
It’s true I prefer bodyweight strength training, rather than weight lifting, but I learned the lesson – this type of workout increases lean muscle mass => boosts metabolism + torches calories & sheds stubborn fat
- [checked] Drink more water
I usually drink between 2.6 – 3.3 l of water. But I didn’t used to drink this much water… It was hard to turn it into a habit and I still have my water log app to keep me on track. I don’t need it anymore to remind me to drink my water, but I like it because I’ve got all my records in there and I can see from where I started.
- [checked] Vary it up
Leaving plateaus aside, it gets pretty boring to train in the same manner over and over again. So I love to vary my trainings, from bike rides to yoga, from playing with the dogs in the backyard to jumping on the trampoline. Besides, it really helps with #15. 😉
- [checked] Embrace the rest day
Oh, rest day(s), how I love you! I must confess I tend to have 2 rest days / week. Sundays are a given rest day, but I also don’t work out one day during the week. It’s not always the same day, as it depends on my schedule. But I feel good about my rest days and each time I work out after a rest day I train harder because I feel my body it there for me, there to support me reach my goals.
- [checked] Learn proper form, and don’t cheat
This is something I neglected at first, until I realized that I wasn’t getting much out of my workout that way – it’s always better to do fewer reps within the given time with proper form!
- Switch up your running shoes
What running shoes? 🙂 I don’t run, but I’d like to start. I’m even thinking on running a 5K in fall, so I’ll sign up for the fall 5K race.
- [checked] Refuel properly post-workout
This one was also really hard to make it as a habit, because after working out, my body is so tired, I don’t feel like eating anything at all. But thanks to smoothies, I managed to refuel myself after really intense workouts.
- Go to random gym classes
I’d like to go to any class by that matter. But I work out at home, and I don’t have anyone to leave Miss I. with while I’d be away to a gym class. Therefore, I try to do random workouts from Pilates to HIIT, from gymball to resistance bands workouts and so on. The workouts I’d absolutely love to try are TRX and CrossFit.
- [checked] Stretch before and after you exercise
That needs no clarification. It’s a must!
- [checked] Make your workout a part of your day
It’s the best thing you can do for your body and mind! It’s my me time, that I really enjoy sweating in pink (literally – I’ve got the pinkest top ever 🙂 ).
- [checked] Be mindful
Easy – just pay attention to what it’s trying to tell you and you’ll be more than ok. For instance, while working out, I often get the feeling that that doesn’t feel right; and it usually doesn’t so I stop for a moment to figure it out what’s the matter.
- Invest in good workout clothes
As I work out at home, I work out in my most comfortable clothes, even though they aren’t necessary fitness clothes.
- [checked] Do either Yoga or Pilates
I mainly do it to prevent back pain. I sit a lot in front of the computer, so I really don’t want to feel the pains I experienced years ago, before starting to work out on a regular basis.
- [checked] Choose your friends wisely
I do – I work out alone. 😛 Don’t get me wrong, I love my friends, but I can’t train at my best capacity if I work out with a friend. We always always end up talking, not concentrating on the exercise and not getting much out of it.
- [checked] Have fun!
Well… Having a kid and two dogs it’s already a recipe for having fun each day. Besides, life’s fun when you feel good about yourself and about how you look!
Did you turn 30 yet? If yes, when did you incorporated within your lifestyle these fitness habits? If you’re still in your 20s, what’s your score so far?