Being in your early 20s can be both fun and a challenge. For many, this stage is the beginning of an entirely new phase of life – the prospects of having your first job, entering into new relationships or family, or continuing the challenges of learning new things.
In every new life phase comes new routines. And this may cause drastic changes in lifestyle. People may start to become less active in the gym or sports because of new challenges at work, or in the family. Food habits change because of different environments like being with different set of people with different food habits.
Although some studies may vary in their conclusions (Proper, Picavet, Bogers, Verschuren, & Bemelmans, 2013), the changes in the lifestyle may pose potential problems for some because this may translate to weight gain if unchecked in the long run. Financial struggles and challenges resulting from new responsibilities from the emerging independent adult can also predispose to weight gain (Conklin, Forouhi, Brunner, & Monsivais, 2014).
Knowing these issues and not losing focus in maintaining a healthy lifestyle not only prevents weight gain, but also decreases the potential for chronic diseases in the future. Managing your time schedules regularly to incorporate even short periods of physical activity can help burn excess fat from previous overindulgence. Incorporating mindfulness exercises during meals may decrease the risk of overeating and overconsumption of calories. Being in the company of health-conscious individuals can further motivate you in carrying on with your fitness goals.
Choose to make your health a priority while in the prime of life.
Conklin, A. I., Forouhi, N. G., Brunner, E. J., & Monsivais, P. (2014). Persistent financial hardship, 11-year weight gain and health behaviors in the Whitehall II study: Persistent Hardship Increases 11-Year Weight Gain. Obesity, n/a-n/a. https://doi.org/10.1002/oby.20875
Proper, K. I., Picavet, H. S. J., Bogers, R. P., Verschuren, W. M., & Bemelmans, W. J. (2013). The association between adverse life events and body weight change: results of a prospective cohort study. BMC Public Health, 13(1). https://doi.org/10.1186/1471-2458-13-957