Amid the countless #fitspo and “Balik Alindog” programs, here are nine reasons people in their 30s are likely to succeed in their quest to be fit and healthy for good!
1. You are more financially stable to pay for gym, massage therapies, vacations, etc.
Unlike a decade or even just five years ago, you can afford to pay for annual gym membership and other so-called luxuries now that you’re in your 30s. (Hats off to you if you’re a loyal gym member in your 20s.) It also helps that you’ve already figured out how to budget your daily expenses properly and/or have money saved to worry less about those emergency situations.
2. You feel you’ve already reached your ‘party-hardy’ limit
Admittedly, if our 20s feels like a blur, it’s only due to the fact that we partied and stayed up too late to remember most of it. And I think we can all agree that there’s a feeling of loss in there, mostly because our 30-something bodies can no longer pull off an all-nighter without severely suffering the consequences, AKA feeling sluggish the following day. ALL. DAY. LONG. It’s a classic case of “the heart is willing but the body is weak,” but on the bright side, you’re not ancient so you can still get your youthful self back easily by merely incorporating a better lifestyle.
3. You are now up there (and would like to stay there)
Not denying the existence of overachievers that made their first millions at 19 (or younger), but being way past our 20s suggests that we’ve reached a relative amount of success after many years of grinding it out with the workforce, enduring crazy work hours and zero social life. In order to continue the climb up the ladder, however, one has to recognize that you got there not by sheer luck but by making right life decisions early on. For instance, that time you decided to sleep early for a 9 AM presentation, or that time you quit smoking. Simply put, it’s through time and experience that we value things more, including our health. Because how can you enjoy that success fully if you’re bedridden by age 35?
4. You’ve already settled on friends that support your healthy choices, not mock ’em
A friend that encourages both your stupid ideas and your really intelligent ones equally is a friend for keeps! Come on, we’ve all had that person at one point in our lives, whom we thought was a friend but when we told them that we’re staying off sweets for a while, he/she shut it down by branding us as “boring”. That type of negativity usually dampens our spirits and gives us an excuse to quit. Being in our 30s (hopefully) means we’ve already learned how to deal with such negative people (mostly by staying away), and have now found true friends that genuinely care about our welfare.
5. You understand commitment
It’s one thing to be healthy, it’s another thing to stay healthy. With age, your life likely becomes more structured with more responsibilities and interests to attend to on a regular basis. Because of this, you are now more conscious about making time for yourself, thus, the birth of setting appointments, sticking to plans, and never skipping the all-important leg day.
6. You are already feeling something
Let’s admit it, our bodies are not as resilient as they used to be. We eat or drink too much and we feel horrible the next day. We do something physically demanding and it’s harder to move all of a sudden. Also gout, hypertension, GERD, vertigo—you name it, we’ve heard it discussed at length within our circle recently. The reality is that some will have to deal with certain ailments for the rest of their lives, but we know now that taking better care of the body is a step towards experiencing less of the pain and discomfort that hamper our everyday activities.
7. There are simply more options nowadays
It’s not just the different workouts, it’s the different gyms, the different apps, the different diets, and the different sports to match our very specific needs. There’s basically no more excuse to put fitness last because society has now been equipped to give it the utmost importance.
8. You finally get why it’s wise to invest in health
It’s no longer some BS expression or marketing ploy we used to dismiss quickly —health is wealth, you guys. And by devoting oneself to regular exercise and watching what the body consumes, you are not only extending your life but increasing your productivity as well. You do the math.
9. You strongly believe that your 30s can be the best decade of your life!
Whether are not you’re already feeling accomplished at this stage of your life is immaterial. Indeed, the 30s is the best time to live large and loud. But in order to be on those wild adventures, such as chasing after your dream job or ticking something off that bucket list, you first have to physically and mentally be in tiptop shape. No person was able to climb Mount Everest successfully without proper training and preparation. Hey, even a nerd like Mark Zuckerberg prioritizes exercise, so what have you got to say?