In your twenties, you’re battling the balance of a social life and the start of your career. Physically speaking, your body can handle the stress of late nights, non-stop work and lack of sleep…but only if you take good care of it. Starting a few healthy habits during these youthful years will pay off in the long-run.
My best advice to all you twenty-somethings is to not take this time for granted and not put off until tomorrow what can be done today! Instead, capitalize on your natural beauty and energy right now by implementing these three get-fit habits that will support your entire well-being and set you up for a long, healthy life ahead.
1. Put protein on your plate.
You have a lot of social events to attend and nothing looks sexier than a sculpted bod in a cute cocktail dress. Luckily, this is the decade when building lean muscle comes easiest. Support your body’s natural tendencies with muscle-building protein. Because time is tight and cooking is never a priority at this age, use a shaker cup to mix a quality whey protein with about 8 ounces of water. You’ll need this concoction after every tough workout for optimal results.
2. Fill up on fiber.
Because you’re eating on the go or drinking calories more than chewing them, twenty-somethings often lack fiber in their diets. Fiber helps keep you fuller, longer, to help reduce those bad-for-you-food cravings. It also promotes a healthy digestive system which can keep your body regular. Fruits and veggies are the obvious sources of fiber. But if your taste buds still have some maturing to do, you can find adequate fiber in flaxseeds sprinkled on yogurt or mixed into your morning smoothies, breakfast oatmeal or even from taking a fiber capsule.
3. “Electrify” your water.
Your world doesn’t slow down except for those few hours of sleep you sneak into your schedule. To keep you running full-speed all day, replace a cup of coffee — or two — with electrolyte-infused water. I’m not saying nix coffee altogether, but dehydration can cause headaches and a general feeling of fatigue. Yet, it’s an easy fix. When plain water is just too plain, add some flavor with a fruity vitamin and mineral powder.
Jennifer Nicole Lee is an international fitness model, best-selling author and motivational speaker who has appeared on Oprah, CBS The Early Show, Inside Edition, E! Entertainment and Fox and Friends. She is the author of the The Fun Fit Foodie Cookbook and was named one of the “Three Top Females in the Fitness Industry” of 2011 by Yahoo Sports. Check out her health and fitness tip videos exclusively on the Vitacost Live Wire.