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What People in their 20s Should Do For Their Health

By Alexis Mills

Health isn't always the first thing on your mind when you're in your 20s, but to prevent health problems later in life, it should be. What you do now does have an impact on your health in your next stages of life, so it's important to start developing some basic health routines to keep everything in check.

Wear SPF 15 Every Day to Protect Your Skin

Wearing sunscreen every day prevents skin cancer, wrinkles and sunspots. Even if you have perfect skin now, it needs protection; a skin care routine that will preserve your beautiful skin is imperative. It doesn't need to be complex either. Simply find a gentle cleanser, toner, moisturizer, and sunscreen that fits you. Then apply each, in that order, daily. Always remember to put on your SPF all year long to protect yourself from the sun.

Eat Six Servings of Fruits and Vegetables Every Day

Eating a healthy, balanced diet early on will help you with your waistline and your heart health. The aim is to get at least six servings of fruit and vegetables each and every day. The more colors you have on your plate, then the more antioxidants you are consuming to protect and fuel your health.

Start an Exercise Routine

As you age, your metabolism starts to slow down and one of the only ways to keep it fast is with exercise. Even if you have a fast metabolism now and eating treats doesn't affect your body, exercise will only make you stronger. Starting the habit of regularly exercising will make it easier later in life.

Get a Yearly Physical Exam 

Regularly getting a yearly physical exam can really help prevent disease because it will give you plenty of time to correct issues when they arise. A physical exam can prevent issues like diabetes, heart disease, high cholesterol, and high blood pressure if you take action to fix it when a doctor lets you know that you need to.

Have an EKG 

Normally an electrocardiogram is done on patients over 40, but it can be great to start monitoring you heart health early on. Having a baseline EKG when you are young and healthy in your 20s and continue getting one every five years will really give you an outline on your health.

Practice Stress Reduction

When you start to get older and your responsibilities start to grow, your stress levels also start to build. Learn techniques that work for you that you can use for the rest of your life. Explore different ways and see what is best to really work for you.

Even though you are young, don't take your health for granted and take care of it while you have it so you can enjoy your body and mind for years to come.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Avondale, Ariz.

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