When you are in your twenties (or thirties, for some) and you still feel in good health, it can feel weird to even consider the fact that you will be old one day. This can make it hard to live your life in such a way as to safeguard your health for the later phase of your life. (How many young folks want to spend their time imagining old age, right?) But unless you spend a little time thinking about the needs of your older self while you’re young, you may not have the motivation to incorporate healthy habits into your day-to-day life, which can be to the detriment of your health down the line.

So how do you invest in your health while you’re young? In addition to getting your annual health review, these tips will help you build healthy habits into your lifestyle to make you feel better now and promote longevity. (Future-you thanks you!)

Quit Smoking

Smokers who manage to give up the habit before they turn forty lower their chances of early death from smoking-related diseases by a whopping ninety percent. This means that the earlier you quit, the better your chances of avoiding the damaging effects that smoking has on your long-term health outcomes. Over time, you will significantly reduce your risk of contracting lung cancer and various other diseases like stroke, heart disease, chronic bronchitis and emphysema. (Not to mention many other forms of cancer.) When you’re young it can be difficult to stop smoking if you don’t feel it’s ill effects just yet, but you will be grateful down the line that you made the effort to break the habit. It’s no secret that quitting smoking is one of the hardest things to do. Many people opt to vape instead, as a healthier alternative. Check out this website to see if vaping appeals to you!

Eat A Balanced Diet

We’ve all heard this advice many times, but it’s always worth repeating: a balanced diet that includes plenty of natural, nutrient-rich foods is key to maintaining your good health as you age. Not only will eating a healthy diet enable you to feel more balanced during the day both energy-wise and in terms of digestion, but feeding your body the food that it needs to be healthy also helps fight common diseases, enabling you to feel your best and achieve your goals in life without being interrupted by pesky illnesses. The sooner you begin to eat healthily, the sooner you will start to feel improvements in your overall health. What's more, eating right now means you're investing in your body, promoting good health for the rest of your life.

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Drink Plenty of Water

Staying properly hydrated throughout the day is one of the most effective ways to slow the aging process. For an average-sized person, the recommended amount of water you need to consume per day is around eight big glasses. You may find it challenging to drink so much water at first, especially if you’re not used to drinking water rather than fizzy drinks. But the more you drink, the more easily you’ll start to notice when you are not properly hydrated, and getting those eight glasses down will become a habit. Untill then, it can be helpful to remind yourself with sticky notes or calendar reminders on your phone or desktop.

Living in a healthy way can be a challenge for us all, but it does get harder to learn new habits as you get older. These tips will help you start now!