Well, no you're not. In fact, none of us are. But I will say this, young people, say in their early 20s, tend to feel like they're invincible and going to live forever. Well, excuse me, but eternal life doesn't begin until you get your wings in Heaven. But to have as many years as you can here on earth, the best way to make sure you do is to take good care of yourself, especially beginning when you're young. That's right you kids out there, you should begin making lifestyle changes now, while you're young, so you can have that long, healthy life you and everybody wants. In fact, let me tell you about some of the things you should be doing now while you're still just a kid. (Compared to some of us, anyway! LOL.)
Obesity is one of the major factors that can lead to a shorter lifespan.
First and foremost...watch your weight! Truth is, obesity is a serious health hazard, at any age, but can be a special problem for young adults. That's because obesity that begins while you're young and stays with you for years, is only setting you up for chronic health problems as you get older. And, I have to say it, obesity is one of the major factors that can lead to a shorter lifespan. That's why it's important to shed those extra pounds now, while you're still young.
Take good care of your body's arteries. You've been blessed with a youthful metabolism and even if you're active and keeping your weight in check, what you eat still matters! What are your eating habits like now? Are you a frequent visitor to those fast food joints and find yourself constantly nibbling on high-sugar, high-fat junk foods? Not good! A steady diet of sugary, greasy junk foods can start that artery-clogging plaque to build up inside your body, even in childhood. That plaque accumulation over time is likely to lead to heart disease and other health problems as you leave those youthful years behind. So now is the time to take a pass on so many of those burgers, shakes and fries you may have been eating. Get to know your fresh fruits and vegetables. Your body absolutely loves them and, guess what? Your body needs them, too!
Your body continues to build new bone...only up until about age 30.
Take good care of your bones. Did you know that the body continues to build new bone but...only up until about age 30? After that, the bones in your body begin to break down faster than it can form new bone. That's a fact especially true for women as they age, which can lead to osteoporosis. To help keep those bones of yours strong, be sure to consume plenty of calcium. You can do that by consuming three daily servings of low-fat foods from the dairy group, dark leafy greens or calcium-fortified foods like soy milk, tofu or even calcium-fortified orange juice.
Those are three tips I want you "kids" out there to start considering today. And the fourth tip is to make exercise a part of your life everyday. God designed that body of yours to move from the day you were born. Hey, you even came out kicking, LOL. So I want you to keep that body of yours in good shape by making those workouts a part of your daily lives. And oh yeah, those of you in your 30s, 40s, 50s and even your 60s, (like me), all of this advice goes for you, too. None of us are invincible but we can add many years to our lives by taking the best care possible of these miraculous bodies we've been blessed with!