Health and wellness in my 30s

As a woman, moving from my 20s to my 30s is a rather substantial shift — not only mentally, but also physically.

I recently celebrated my 30th birthday. As I enter this new decade of life, I’m looking forward to the new adventures and experiences that await, but one thing I wondered about was how to stay healthy as my body changes with this milestone birthday. As a woman, moving from my 20s to my 30s is a rather substantial shift — not only mentally, but also physically.

So, I went in search of some tips to help keep me healthy as I move through my 30s. Here is what I found to be most helpful:

  • Include at least 30 minutes of exercise in your day. Because the metabolism of women slows in their 30s, it’s important to have an exercise program that includes aerobic activity and eat a well-balanced diet low in saturated fats and full of fruits and vegetables.
  • Be sensible about sun exposure and do a monthly skin self-exam to check for new moles or changes in moles. Have a clinical skin cancer exam annually.
  • Bone loss begins in your 30s. Reduce your risk of developing osteoporosis by getting plenty of calcium in your diet and staying active. Also, talk to your physician about vitamin and mineral supplements.
  • Have preventive screenings, including cholesterol and blood sugar, at least every five years; blood pressure checked every two years; and a pelvic exam and Pap test every year (include an HPV test during your annual exam).
  • Have a dental exam twice a year for routine cleanings and exams.
  • Have a thyroid test at age 35, followed by one every five years.
  • Recommended immunizations include a diphtheria-tetanus vaccine every 10 years, influenza yearly and Hepatitis A and B (if you get the complete series of both hepatitis vaccines, you only need to get them once in your lifetime).
  • Take time to unwind. Chronic stress affects most systems in our body, which can make it harder to fight off diseases and can damage the heart and arteries.

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