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To keep our body and our health at their optimal level, we must make or break certain habits when we pass a certain age. The sweets you loved so much as a child or teenager can do you more harm when eaten after 30. Likewise, there are several habits that you need to leave in your 30s if you want to live a healthy and fit life.

Let’s take a look at some of them:

Smoking

Smoking at any age is not good for your health, but if you continue to smoke after 30, you will be more susceptible to lung disease. According to a 2013 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine, quitting smoking before the age of 40 reduces the risk of dying prematurely from a smoking-related disease by 90%, and quitting smoking before the age of Age 54 still reduces your risk by two-thirds.

Rely on metabolism

After 30, you can’t just rely on your metabolism to fight off all those extra calories you’re consuming. It is imperative that you follow a strict fitness routine and include physical activity in your daily life. Dr. Holly Lofton, director of medical weight management at NYU Langone Health, told The Cut that basal metabolic rate, which is the amount of energy our bodies take in to maintain muscle mass, fat mass, bones and all the activities of our organs begin to decline after 25 years.

“The reason 30 is an important decade is because it’s the first decade that we’re not increasing bone production anymore. So if we don’t increase muscle mass production, overall metabolism goes down,” Lofton told The Cut. Lofton says decreased metabolism is an “inevitable part” of aging, but we can compensate for it by being careful what we eat.

Invest in fast fashion

Besides your own health, you also have to start considering how their habits affect the environment. Being in your thirties or any age, protecting our environment should be a constant and conscious practice. Therefore, don’t invest in fast fashion and practice sustainability when it comes to your clothing choices. Try to buy clothes from a thrift store and recycle as much as you can.

Financial irresponsibility

You may have been a spendthrift in your twenties thinking that money is just something that will keep coming, or you may have been in deep debt and borrowed it from relatives or friends. But after your thirties, you need to start saving money and investing it in profitable schemes or funds. Try to save at least 15% of your monthly salary.

Achieve work-life balance

You may have fallen into the “hustle” trap in your 20s and worked day and night to pursue your ambitions, but try to achieve a healthy work-life balance in your 30s and make time for your friends and to your family. Devote time to your hobbies and make time for a rejuvenating vacation.

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