Reducing Health Risks in Your 20’s
Reducing health risks in your 20’s is of great significance if you want to preserve your health later on in your life.
When you are in your 20’s,your bone mass peaks at that period of age, therefore it’s important to build bone structure through exercises of weight-bearing, exercises like hiking, running and strength-training, swimming or other sports in order to reduce your risk for osteoporosis later in life.
You should consider of getting regular exercise at least 30 minutes few days of the week and vary your exercise program for achieving the best results.
You should always take measures to prevent accidental injuries and other health risks. Common causes for injury in people between the ages of 20 and 29 include:
- Motor vehicle crashes
- Sports- and recreation-related injuries (including water-related injuries and drowning)
- Attempted suicide and homicide (about half involve firearms)
- Work-related accidents
- Accidental poisoning and drug overdose
- Food poisoning
- Violence (intimate partner violence, date/acquaintance rape, sexual assault)
Special Concerns in Your 20’s
Take care of your sexual health. If you are sexually active, talk to your health care provider about contraception, safer sex, sexually transmitted diseases, STD prevention and HIV screening and reduce all health risks.
Take care of your mental health. Your 20’s can bring on significant life changes and new responsibilities of the first “real” job, moving out on your own for the first time, additional expenses and bills to pay and many others. These changes can be very exciting, but they are often stressful too. Take steps to reduce stress in your life.
Talk to a qualified health care provider if you experience symptoms of depression, including feeling down, sad or hopeless for an unusually long period of time, or losing interest in things you usually enjoy.
Here are some other ways to take care of your emotional health in your 20’s (and beyond):
- If you aren’t happy with your current situation:home, job, career path, relationship(s)—take steps to change it. You may not have all you have ever dreamed of right now(few people do as young adults)but you can continue to work towards fulfilling your goals.
- Don’t let yourself become overwhelmed with the idea that you must “have it all”.
- Develop a financial plan and a budget and stick to it. Find a way to save at least a little bit each month and avoid credit card debt
- Continue to develop your independence and make your own decisions. Seek advice from people you trust and ask for help if you really need it
- Keep learning and take on new challenges
- Create balance in your life
- Build strong friendships and relationships with people who have similar core values
- Make time for things you enjoy
- Explore a spiritual path
- Be thankful for everything good in your life
- Give back through community service projects or volunteer work
With one word, being and staying healthy at your 20’s is a good basic start to have good health later on in life…therefore…act smart…