healthy-30s smThe time between the ages of 30 and 39 is an important decade in the life of a woman. Many are in a committed relationship and some may be starting families, while others are already watching their children grow into teenagers. Most are trying to find the best work-life balance and major health issues can seem far off in the future.  But it's not a time to be complacent about taking good care of yourself. There are steps you can take in your 30s to ensure better health in mid-life and beyond.

1. Pump It Up For a Stronger You
It's about age 30 when we start losing muscle mass, and that makes it a good time to incorporate strength training into your exercise plan to help keep your muscles strong and functioning well. Lifting weights can also build stronger bones to combat the bone loss that comes with menopause.

2. Make Meals Match Your Metabolism
By age 30, our metabolism begins to slow down and body fat starts to accumulate more around the middle of the body. Both are good reasons to adjust your diet and realize that you probably can't eat like you did in your teens and 20s. Load up more of your plate with fruits and vegetables, and choose lean proteins and foods high in omega-3 fatty acids, like fish and nuts.

3. Take Care Of Your Skin
Sun damage can happen at any age, but some women wait until the signs of premature aging begin to show and hope that a jar of expensive cream will undo years of reckless sun worship. Make sunscreen your friend as soon as possible, and use it daily in every season to reduce the risk of skin cancer, as well as those early wrinkles.

4. Be Ready For a Shift In Fertility
By the time you reach your 30s, your body has shed nearly half of the eggs that you'll have. The shift in hormones that comes with this could cause some changes to your menstrual cycle, and uterine fibroids can become more common. Stay in touch with the changes that you're experiencing and share these with your doctor.

5. Don't Be Afraid Of Tests
The Pap test and HPV test are both a must during your 30s to ensure the best early warning for possible cancers. And keep track of your blood pressure and cholesterol readings with regular screenings that might be give you an alert to “silent” dangers like hypertension and heart disease.


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