Let’s be honest. You’re constantly bombarded with fitness habits you ‘should’ be making in your 20s.
When all you really want to do is have a tun of fun, explore everything the world has to offer and discover yourself along the way. The last thing you want to do is miss out on all the fun sh*t because you are supposed to be ‘getting fit’. You certainly don’t want to look back and think why didn’t I say yes to more.
What if I told you you could combine the two? Be the healthiest AND happiest version of yourself. So that in over a decade you can look back at your 20s and say you did everything you wanted to. Sounding pretty darn good right? Check out our complete A – Z list of every activity imaginable to combine the awesomeness that is your 20s and your health and fitness.
Let’s talk about why its so important to get fit in your 20s and how it’ll help you:
- Be a truely awesome human being;
- Have a tun of fun along the way; and
- Help you discover yourself.
9 Strong Reasons You Need To Get Fit In Your 20s
1. Prevent and manage mental health problems
Research shows that routine physical activity is associated with improved psychological well-being. Through reduced stress, anxiety and depression.
Source: Health benefits of physical activity: the evidence. http://www.cmaj.ca/content/174/6/801.full.pdf+html. 2006.
2. Reduce your chances of cancer
The World Health Organisation identified that:
Source: Global Health Risks: mortality ad burden of disease attributable to selected major risks. World Health Organization, 2009.
3. Create opportunities to meet new people
One of the things most loved about travel is the fact that you meet so many different personalities. You have an opportunity to absorb more information from different minds and open yourself up to very new things. It also helps you discover the kind of people you want to be.
Health and fitness opens up doors to do this also. Whether it be a local fitness community you decide to join, a tour you’ve been wanting to go on, or finding a group of likeminded people on Meetup.com who regularly go on fitness and health adventures in your area.
4. Feel Alive
Most of us in our 20s want to do something crazy (or should do something crazy). So we can say “I did that totally crazy thing and it was awesome”. It makes us feel alive.
The more experiences you have feeling alive, gives you a greater sense of vitality. Research shows that people with a greater sense of vitality don’t just have more energy for things they want to do, they are also more resilient to physical illnesses.
Fitness and health is an avenue for crazy and can provide a lot of opportunities to feel alive. Some of my personal favourites includeCheck out our full list of all activities possible that you can do today to make yourself feel alive.
5. Prevent unhealthy weight gain and assist with fat loss
Paying a little bit of attention to what you put in your mouth whilst exploring the world can lead to a smaller waist line, a stronger body and a healthier mind. Some simple tips to eat to a healthier, happier you.
6. Reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease
But we are in our 20s, why do we have to worry about this?
Everything that you do in your 20s you will want to do in your 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s…….
You get the point. There is nothing more frustrating than being limited in what you can do and the best way that you could relate to that as a 20-something would be a time that you may have been injured and you couldn’t move as much as you wanted.
So let’s keep our hearts strong to do all the things we want to do for the rest of our lives.
7. Strong muscles and bones
So you can never use lack of fitness/strength or injury as an excuse to not do something. Ever again.
If your 20s is about experiencing everything you can and finding yourself along the way. You don’t want anything holding you back.
“Failing (low) self-esteem can get us to make self-destructive decisions such as tolerating mistreatment or harming ourselves (by using drugs, becoming promiscuous, developing eating disorders or indulging in cosmetic surgery), or harming others (bullying, cheating) in an effort either to make others love us or to numb us to the pain of our own worthlessness.”
Working on your fitness and health is an important tool that can help us achieve physical confidence. Challenging yourself in areas of fitness is an important tool that creates a sense of achievement, reduction in negative thought and anxiety, improving your self-confidence.
9. Attention and concentration
Exercise and healthy eating increases your attention and concentration so you can focus at work, earn the big bucks and travel the world. Sounds good.
How will you choose to be healthy and fit in your 20s?
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