Why Your 20s Is The Decade You Should Do More For Your Health

Alain Saint-Dic
Alain Saint-Dic, Health and Fitness Editor at 20something, brings over nine years of experience in the health and fitness industry. Though he studied pre-law, his love for the human body, it's adaptive ability and unlocking the largely untapped potential of human beings led him to pursue a passionate career in health, fitness, and athletics.

As 20somethings we already have a hard time balancing this period of our lives, trying to cement the foundation for our futures. We are also on an uphill battle trying to figure out our health and fitness needs.

Though this is a common concern for everyone, how health habits affect each generation varies. For example Neanderthal dietary needs were probably different than post colonial American dietary needs.

Millennials now face a challenge that wasn’t of much concern to the generation before us. Generation X had the luxury of being able to eat more food and avoid obesity without dedicating so much time to working out. Gen Y, on the other hand, is tasked with both eating less food and working out more often because they have less ability to hold off the charges of obesity.

Caring more about your health in your 20s will fight off obesity for the future.

Many factors contribute to obesity outside of diet and exercise, including:

  • Medication
  • Environmental pollutants
  • Genetics
  • Timing of food intake
  • Stress
  • Gut bacteria

Change in these factors each generation are causing millennials to be more conscious about their eating and exercising habits. By adopting to better habits early on, you can deal with changes easier throughout the years. A stable healthy diet and exercise routine, even if it’s only a 30-minute walk, can help avoid obesity and health complications in the future.

Here’s how to care more for your health as a 20something:

Don’t rely on your genes

Your parents may look amazing, but don’t think this automatically gets passed on to you. Chances are you’ll look amazing too, but the injected meat that was less readily available in your parents time may say otherwise.

Go outside and play more, kick a ball around or go for a jog

You don’t necessarily have to go to the gym, however attention to your electronics should not be more important than your health. Go for a run, learn to play tennis, squash, swim, anything that keeps you moving

Ask the parents

This might sound crazy, but if they were able to get through their lives while avoiding obesity, maybe all of that nagging isn’t such a bad thing. “Back in my day” may end up being a life saving phrase.

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