Getting into your 30s surely sounds exciting, but generally with mixed feelings.

You may sometimes feel at the prime of your life, and at other times feel like slowing down a bit. But you are certainly a little more wiser and experienced a little more of life.

You surely may be noticing a few strands of grey, a gently receding hairline, or a few extra pounds. You could notice that it’s getting harder to read the small prints, or might be feeling an unfamiliar ache or pain after those regular fitness regimes.

A little luck riding in your favour, you may be enjoying good health, relatively untouched by the normal effects of ageing that would hit you a bit further down the road.

However, you get so involved with your career and your families in your 30s, that you tend to neglect your own health. The responsibilities and busy schedules of everyday life could make it difficult for you to maintain a healthy balance.

So, taking good care of yourself, mind, body and spirit, becomes more and more important as you age to enjoy wellness, and lay the foundation for lifelong success.

You can definitely give a heads-up on this new, exciting phase of your life by understanding why age needs you to change your lifestyle choices in your 30s, which can help reduce your risk for chronic health worries and improve your chances for a long, healthy life.

Start pursuing work that you love

Your 30’s is the best time to explore different areas of your line of work and develop your real passion, whether it is music, writing, or business.

Rather than anchoring yourself to a job you hate, having to make your living at it and never having an opportunity to pursue your truest passions, find a job you actually love where your passions meet with your talents and where you get the greatest fulfilment.

Continue enjoying life

Age is just a number, and so just because you’re not in your 20s doesn’t mean you should stop having fun. Spending your 30s chasing after money is only going to make you grumpy, cynical and unhappy about life.

Those who have lived through their 30s will tell you that none of the money you make by working hard will matter if you’re not enjoying life.

Start making healthy eating habits a priority

If you don’t make healthy eating habits a priority in your 30s, it can make you get to your 40s and later years being slow, tired and burdened by a list of health complaints that could have been avoided.

Try getting to eat a well-balanced diet, low in saturated fats and more of fruits and vegetables, avoiding processed and junk foods as much as possible.

Add nutritional supplements like Ensure into your diet which provides calories, protein and carbohydrates to help you gain or maintain muscle strength

Start exercising regularly

Make time for exercise in your 30s. This is the age when you will start to lose muscle mass and begin to gain a few pounds as your metabolism slows, which makes it important that you exercise at this time.

It doesn’t matter if it’s walking, jogging, hiking, swimming or weightlifting, as long as it involves some movement, do it. Choose physical activities that you love as you are less likely to discontinue exercising if you like your workouts.

If you can make a habit of ensuring a healthy thirty, you’re more likely to hold onto them throughout your life.

You have blown out just 30 candles, there’s still a long way to go.

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Let us be honest and truthful. When do we do a medical test; isn’t it when we fall ill and the Doctor prescribes it to be done.

For almost all of us, that is the truth. We do our medical tests as a compulsion just because our Doctor asked for it. In other words, a medical test is done only when we are burdened of our health.

Isn’t it time to rectify our wrong perception and to unburden our health; to do a test not to fall ill, and not only after we fall ill.

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We all would have heard a little or more about the power of the bean: the soybean, that is.

We have even read claims and studies about consuming soy daily helping in lowering our LDL cholesterol (the “bad” cholesterol), preventing stroke, cancer, osteoporosis, and hot flashes.

While research may be still on whether it’s the phytoestrogens found in soy that promotes these health benefits, or the soy protein and fat, or both; either way, the bottom line is that it’s good to eat soy.

The joy of soy is that it has come a long way. It’s not just seen in health food stores anymore, and it isn’t all about tofu, either. And the best news is that you don’t have to commit to being a vegan, vegetarian or even flexitarian (a flexible vegetarian) to add this plant-based protein to your meals.

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