It may seem as if there is some magical secret to remaining in good shape after the prime years of your twenties. Only people with great genetics and impeccable discipline can maintain a physique that performs as good as it looks. Those ideas are false. Perpetuated by many, proven by none. If you follow these steps, not only will you be able to stay looking fit well into your thirties and even forties, but you’ll also be able to ward off the typical medical condition of low-back pain that plague so many adults over thirty today. 

First, you’ve got to exercise and do it regularly. Both resistance training (with weights) and cardiovascular training are crucial to keeping your body as youthful and healthy as possible. The load from resistance training helps maintain bone density, so you’re less likely to break a bone if you fall. Cardiovascular training conditions your heart and lungs to more and more efficiently transport blood and oxygen throughout your body. Being injury-free, with a healthy ticker is the first step to ensuring you stay active and fit after your thirtieth birthday. Make sure you check with your doctor before starting any new exercise routine. 

The next step is actually much easier than people make it seem to be. Diet. With all the complicated fad diets, it rather easy to lose sight of what’s actually important when it comes to fueling your body. Try keeping it simple and remembering that this food is what’s powering your exercise. For instance, if you were to be asked what was healthier, a fast-food burger with large fries and a large soda, or grilled cilantro lime chicken breast with steamed broccoli and brown rice with a glass of water to drink, which would you pick? Healthy food doesn’t have to be tasteless food. Herbs and spices like garlic and turmeric actually help the body, garlic for the heart, turmeric for any inflammation, among other benefits. You know what a healthy choice is, start small by replacing soda with more water, and build up from there. 

Lastly, get outside. The more you are outside, the more likely it is that you are engaged in some sort of physical activity. Physical activity differs from exercise in that it is not as structured as exercise. Physical activity is more closely related to play, or mere movement. Things like going hiking or going on a picnic, playing a game of basketball, etc… are all physical activity. Plus with the vitamin D, you’re getting from all the sunshine, you’ll feel more energized and refreshed. Spending time outdoors has been discovered to help with more complete and restful sleep, helping you to fully recover both mentally and physically.

All of these things lead to decreased stress, better rest, and better overall health. If you want to know the key to staying active and fit beyond thirty, it’s no secret, you just have to take care of your body. 

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