Health in Your 30s
Build a Foundation for a Lifetime of Good Health
Welcome to your 30s! You may not feel or look much different than you did a few years ago, but your body is changing bit by bit. These changes are a normal part of growing older. You may feel like you're slowing down a bit—or you could feel like you're in the prime of your life.
Each woman is unique and so are her health concerns. Now, you may be more concerned about:
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Keeping your skin looking fresh and more youthful
- Reproductive issues, anything from getting pregnant—or not—to finding a birth control method that matches your lifestyle
- Preventing bone loss
- Reducing stress
Regular medical checkups and health screenings continue to be very important. Good health habits and preventive medical care can help you continue to enjoy wellness of mind and body and build the foundation for good health over many decades.
How Your Body Might Be Changing
Many women begin to gain a few pounds in their 30s as their metabolism slows. To maintain a healthy weight, it's important to have an exercise program that includes aerobic activities such as walking, jogging, biking or swimming, and to eat a well-balanced healthy diet, low in saturated fats, full of fruits and vegetables and light on processed and junk foods.
Your skin may seem a bit duller and you may be developing fine wrinkles into your 30s. That's because new skin cells don't form as quickly as they used to. This is a normal part of aging, and will continue throughout your lifetime. Using mild cleansers and moisturizers and being sensible about sun exposure will help you look your best.
Although you can't see it, bone loss begins in your 30s and can lead to the bone-thinning disease known as osteoporosis later in life. Your muscles also will start losing their "tone," which can eventually affect fitness, strength and balance. You can help prevent bone and muscle loss and reduce your risk for developing osteoporosis by taking these steps: