Stepping into your 30s is a life-altering milestone beyond which everything changes, for good and bad. While you enjoy financial independence, you have more responsibilities to deal with and more fears to face. Other than providing for your family and paying mortgages, you may have a receding hairline, a paunch, and daily stress to deal with, which for some reason, never leaves your side.
Aging is inevitable, but with a fit mind and body you can certainly slow it down. It’s common knowledge. However, despite knowing this reality, many in their 30s live recklessly when it comes to health. Perhaps they assume that their body will continue to work like a machine, like how it did in their 20s. This assumption is silly at best and dangerous at worst. “People feel there’s some intrinsic clock playing out a program in their body that they don’t have influence over,” says Dr John Rowe, a professor of Health Policy and Aging at Columbia Mailman School of Public Health. “It’s just not true,” he clarifies.
Our fitness and metabolism drastically change as we age. According to the American Council on Exercise, our metabolic rate decreases by 1 to 2 percent every decade. DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone), a hormone produced by our body in abundance in our 20s dips during the 30s, which leads to decreased energy, increased mood swings, slower recovery time, and increased body fat. Needless to say, an unfit body paves the way for an unfit mind if you continue to overlook the importance of staying fit.