While just a youngin’ to some of you readers here, I turned 30 a few months ago. I never thought the shit people say about your body and mental state were true until I hit it. While in one part I feel like I’m hitting that prime age of life, there had to be adjustments in my life. Today I’ll share 5 things I’ve changed in my life after hitting 30.
5. Quitting Smoking
While I technically did this before I turned 30, quitting smoking has been one of the best decisions of my life. I don’t ever think about it anymore and I honestly do feel healthier than before. My sense of smell and taste feel heightened. I don’t strain to breathe anymore. If you’re still smoking and want to quit, or know someone that does, I urge you to get Allan Carr’s Easy Way to Quit Smoking. I got this book after a friend suggested it as it helped him quit, and damn sure it is a god send if you’re serious about quitting.
4. Drinking More Water
Under the guidance of Team WB Fitness, WB told me to drink a minimum of a gallon of water a day. I’ve actually cut out all other bullshit drinks other than coffee and the occasional bourbon on a Friday night. I have a purified water jug I keep in my fridge so I can have it super cold at any time of the day. I used to have dry skin and I swear this change has helped. I’m finding that I have to piss a lot more, but overall I feel much healthier. One other thing I’ve noticed is that if I chug a huge cup of ice cold water in the morning, it gets me alert and ready. Not as much as coffee, but it satisfies that dehydrated feeling many feel in the morning. I recommend getting as much water as you can
3. Getting More Sleep
I wrote an article a few months ago on the importance of rest and sleep. Getting up at 4 am to go to the gym is enough reason to go to bed earlier, but even if you’re not working out, sleep and rest is important I’ve found. I work with people who stay up late and barely sleep and they look like shit. When I don’t sleep enough hours on average in a week, I notice my physical and mental ability start to tank. I aim to get at least 7 hours of good rest in if I can.
2. A Clean Diet
Diet is as important to getting the body you want as your time in the gym. Don’t go fucking up your gym time by eating like shit. As of late, I’ve been trying to get not only substantial amounts of protein, but I’ve really been on a kick lately with oils and cooking with them. Vegetable and soybean oils should be avoided like the plague but true cold pressed olive oil and my new personal favorite, avocado oil aren’t bad for you. I personally like cooking white meat and fish with the avocado oil because it is tasteless and has a super high smoke point.
1. 6 Days A Week in the Gym
One day a week I have to travel for work. I have to get up and catch a train to NYC by 7am. In the past I’d skip the gym on this day and just pick it up on the weekend, but I decided that I’m just bringing my work clothes to the gym with me now. Also, getting that Saturday session in has been a lot of fun lately. Its way more packed and I have to wait longer for things, but I typically blast my body with a super high rep challenge. Hitting the weights 6 times a week has proven to be beneficial to my overall health and physique.
As I get older, I’ve realized that there are changes you need to make in your life to make sure you’re operating at the top of your game. One thing I like to think about is that you wouldn’t fill a Ferrari with cheap shitty gas, leave it running all night, and never take care of it. Too many guys do the equivalent of this with their own bodies. If you’re feeling shitty lately, try one or all of the things I’ve outlined above and see if it helps you feel like a beast!