5 Tips for Staying Healthy in Your 20s

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It’s never too early to start taking care of yourself! Here are my top five tips for staying healthy, active, and young in your twenties!

Sometimes I think young people take for granted what their bodies can do at their age–I used to be one of them:

“I can eat all this, I’m 20! My metabolism is so fast!”

“Of course I can lay out in the sun all day, I’m 21! Gotta look hot and tan!”

“I can drink soda and alcohol, I’m 25! I have my whole life to be healthy!”

While I’m still–so far–blessed with a relatively fast metabolism, I have, however, seen the effects that the sun and drinking sugary drinks have had on my body. My entire body is covered in various spots and moles–moles that I have to get checked every year for a skin cancer screening. And my teeth are not very healthy, because of bad dental hygiene and abusing them with soda.

Once I started seriously training and finding out ways to nourish and heal my body, I started to also seriously think how what I put into my body (or not put ONTO my body) was just as important as working out.

I’m 26 now, and I’m a bit behind on taking care of myself as a preventative measure, but here are some tips that I’ve started doing that I think will help you too, if you’re in the same boat as me.

DRINK WATER

I don’t think I can stress this enough. There is really no reason not to drink water; it’s what hydrates us and literally gives us and all other living things life. We need it. I get it, Coca-Cola is wonderful and Sprite is ridiculously refreshing, but Water is king.

As an actor, I have to get head shots every once in a while–pictures of myself to show agents and casting directors. I took some a couple weeks ago and before my shoot, I drank a half a gallon of water a day for the entire week leading up to it. Not only did I feel better, but my hair and makeup artist commented on it. “Your skin looks so much better than last time we shot!” See? AGUA.

WEAR SUNSCREEN

I also can’t stress this enough. I’ve learned the hard way the effects of sun damage, and I still have a long way to go. It is recommended to wear sunscreen EVERY DAY, even if it’s cloudy out (the UV rays can still get through and damage your skin).

Strive for 40-45SPF for your body, and 25-35SPF for your face. I use Kiehl’s Activated Sun Protector on my body and PUR Cosmetics Rescue Squad on my face.

I know it can seem tedious to wear sunscreen, but you have to do it. Melanoma is a deadly skin cancer, and it is rising amongst young women.

Also, look at women like Christie Brinkley or Cindy Crawford. If you’re wondering what their secret is to looking so damn good at their age? They wear sunscreen, I promise you.

*Tip: I’ve started micro-rolling for my skin-care regimen. I’ll share the results with you soon!

SWEAT

This one is kind of a given considering the theme of this blog, but you gotta SWEAT! Get your heart rate up, build muscle, all of this will benefit you in the long run.

And let’s be honest, you’ll look smoking hot for a long time!

EAT THE RAINBOW

No, NOT Skittles. Well, maybe once in a while, but what I mean is strive for beautiful, vibrant colors on your plate. Tomatoes, green peppers, blueberries, etc. You can learn a lot about the food you’re eating by just looking at it.

The different colors of your food can tell you a bit about the nutrition of it. For example, yellow and orange fruits are full of Vitamins A and C, while greens are high in vitamins K, B, and E.

Add healthy fats and proteins and you’ll have a wonderfully beautiful and balanced meal, and your body will thank you.

KEEP STRESS TO A MINIMUM

I know this seems way easier said than done. I am a stress magnet, and it absolutely shows on my skin. Stress is an incredibly powerful thing that can wreck havoc on your mind, body, and soul.

Whatever de-stressing means to you, do it. Meditate, cook, walk on the beach, what have you, we need to de-stress and keep our minds happy. Working out is also a good de-stresser 😉

It’s always good to start these at a young age. We only have one body, might as well treat it right.

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