Of course your twenties are a time to live it up, explore your options and do what you’re crazy about. But they’re also a time to get into the habit of, well, practicing healthy fitness habits—because doing so will ensure that you’re healthier later on, according to a new German study published in the journal Psychology of Sport and Exercise.
For the study, researchers tracked over 500 adults for over 18 years, and found that people who were healthiest in their young adult years were also healthiest over time. So we reached out to some fitness experts to find out their best tips for what 20-somethings should pay attention to. Your mission? Start doing all of these things—right now. Your future self will thank you!
The experts we spoke with: Greg Justice, an exercise physiologist and author of Mind Your Own Fitness; Ellen Breeding, an exercise physiologist at AYC Fitness in Kansas City; Irene Lewis-McCormick, certified strength and conditioning specialist and author of A Woman’s Guide to Fitness & Strength.
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