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As a young adult, how can I stay healthy?

Whether you have habits like smoking, tanning, and drinking to pull back on or not, establishing good habits now will pay dividends throughout the rest of your life. Now is the time to begin eating fruits and vegetables more frequently. (How about downing an apple, an orange, or a serving of spinach for every beer you drank on the weekend?) Even though your metabolism might be at an all-time high, you should think about what you are eating and stick to wholesome, nutrient-rich foods and beverages as best as you can. When outdoors, don’t forget the sunscreen, even though you likely don’t see any effects of sun yet on your skin. And keep moving; the benefits of exercise are beyond well documented, and your body is in its physical prime to handle the rigors of all kinds of exercise. Gyms can be great, particularly if you find classes you enjoy and keep your workouts fresh. You don’t have to be a gym rat or a marathoner. Just put one foot in front of the other and walk, walk, walk, if nothing else.

From The Mind-Beauty Connection: 9 Days to Less Stress, Gorgeous Skin, and a Whole New You by Amy Wechsler.

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