So what do you do in your thirties to make sure you look good in your later decades? It doesn’t take an article on CIIN to tell you that you need to eat well and exercise.. So why then don’t people do it. This article is more about how to practically incorporate these healthy habits into a decade that is best described as hectic. You are either swimming in diapers and swimming lessons, or jogging up the corporate ladder, or both. To think of adding yet another regimen to your lifestyle feels inhumane. Below are some tips from women that have been there and done (or didn’t) that..
1 || It Doesn’t Need to Stay the Same
A lot of the time, when things don’t stay the same, you give up.. So when you compare your carefree twenties to your hectic thirties, the easiest thing to do is give up. You probably had time for more exercise classes, and were as bendy as a pretzel at yoga.. Well, you may not have as much time in your thirties to dedicate to your fitness and wellbeing, which means that you can look into other types of exercise that perhaps suit you better. If you are a mother, and you take your kids to swimming three times a week, perhaps swimming laps at the same pool makes more sense. If you are in the business world and finish work late, perhaps an activity that merges fun with fitness, Zumba or dance classes are the first to come to mind… Or if you don’t have time to socialize anymore, perhaps an exercise class with friends could do both..
2 || Take Time To Understand Your Skin
Again, things don’t stay the same.. In our twenties, skin is possibly still acting up..with the occasional pimple etc. As you go into your third decade, your skin will stabilize somewhat and you will be able to tell if you have a naturally dry or oily skin (or both) and you can start addressing your skin’s condition. Don’t let anyone tell you what works for you.. It might, but again it might not. Experiment with your skin and see what it takes to best. Does your skin like oils, serums or creams. I personally had oily, and acne-prone skin but found that oils worked best for me. With the beauty industry’s advancements, and skincare ingredients being sold individually.. eg. Retinol, vitamin c, hyaluronic acid, skincare has become much more affordable. So no excuses..
Don’t forget your sunblock, and don’t forget your eye cream/serum though..
3 || Take Time To Understand Your Metabolism
The way your body processes food, is much more important than the goodness of the food you consume. You could be eating avocados all day long, only to realize that they are not processed well by your body because they are high in fat, and so they bloat you instead (true story). Maybe contrary to Atkin, Dukan and a few other blokes, you body loves carbs.. but not too many. So foods are a no brainer you think, but can you actually tell me if your body prefers cooked or raw vegetables? Knowing this kind of information goes a long way in understanding your body and making your choices that much easier.
4 || Consistency But Not Constantly
There are two kinds of gals out there, those that love to do the same thing for years, and those that can’t stay put for more than a few months before bolting to the next thing. Well, in your thirties you need to be consistent enough to see results (be it skincare or exercise) but don’t do it constantly enough for it to stop working.. If not now, when? When you feel you are good at something, try something new. If you are taking supplements, switch them up every three months (returning to them 3 months later) and change your skincare routine between seasons.
5 || Start Discovering Your Passion
Before you know it, your hormones will be acting up (in your late thirties / early forties) and you will probably start experiencing what they call a ‘midlife crisis’, relax, we all survive it.. (bruised but alive). Just to clarify, the reason why it is called a mid-life crisis is because you no longer know who you are, what your purpose is, and suddenly all that you have known seems unappealing. When this happens, the more you know about your true self the easier it is to wage the battle that is the ‘mid-life crisis’. The problem is, most of us are so absorbed with work and childrearing that we forget who we truly are. So when the crisis hits, it’s real… because seriously you have barely glanced in the mirror for a decade or so. Take the time to really understand what makes your heart beat a little faster. Are you an artist, are you a gymnast, are you an opera singer. You may not have time to delve completely into this world in your thirties, but don’t dismiss these dreams, just keep them on the back burner. When the mid-life crisis hits, you will search for something ‘new’, knowing what it could be, will go a long way in keeping your sanity.
6 || Gradual Growth
You know those kids that are really really good till they are terrible.. Don’t go there! Those women that were almost perfect till they flip, end up dressing oddly and get a variety at tattoos in their fifties. My advice here is, experiment gradually.. We tend to say no to a lot of things in our thirties, only to do them anyway in our later years. It’s only when you get a tattoo, three new pierces and change your dress style from Kate Middleton to Miley Cyrus in one month flat that eyebrows are raised..
If you want to experiment with a Miley Cyrus look, do it! A few months later, consider a tattoo if you like, and travel the world, or whatever floats your boat. Don’t say NO off the bat to anything.. lest you try everything at once later on, and come across as …an angry middle-aged woman.
7 || Extremes Will Catch Up With You
Anything you do in extreme for a long period of time will catch up with you.. Because in your thirties some of the things you do are consistent, this point is worth mentioning. Bleaching your hair, over-exercising, yoyo dieting, sun exposure.. and the list goes on. At times even things that you think are good for you, are not if taken for too long. Supplements are a great example, too many for a long period of time can take its toll on your liver. Basically.. take it easy.