Your twenties are all about having fun and trying new things. Many of us will still be enjoying youthful energy, busy working out what career is for us, trying new hobbies and making new friends. “Fortunately, our bodies are quite forgiving at this time and can cope with the stresses that this lifestyle throws their way,” says nutritionist Maria Bez.
“We can handle a few late nights, a moderate amount of drinking, and eating on-the-go food.” But it’s important to be aware that, over time, this lifestyle can start to cause health problems.
Sarah, now 33, is an account manager. “I went straight into work after university, and thought that I could continue the late nights and socialising,” she remembers. “But as I got older, I realised that it was taking its toll. I had painful periods and bloating. Alcohol was my go-to tranquilliser, but I was drinking way over recommended levels.”
Maria advises reducing alcohol consumption as you go through your twenties. “Alcohol can cause increased inflammation and a change in good bacteria of the gut, which makes other symptoms that your body may be experiencing more painful,” she explains. Sarah now only has a drink on Fridays and Saturdays, and has noticed a drastic improvement in her overall health. “I hardly notice my periods now – no more pain!” she says.
It’s also a great idea to channel those higher energy levels into exercise. “Your twenties are the perfect time to find out what kind of exercise is right for you,” says fitness instructor Kate Bennett.
“It’s a period of your life when you can focus on yourself, devoting time to trying lots of different classes and activities. You’re much more likely to stay active through life if you can find a sport that you’re passionate about, and it’s a great way to meet new people and socialise.”
Fitness instructor Kate loves being outdoors
As our metabolisms are still quite high during our twenties, it’s less about what you do – more that you find a way to consistently fit it into your routine. But Kate does recommend spending at least some time in the gym learning the basics of strength training.