What I Have Learned From Having Turned 30 - StrongLife

What I Have Learned From Having Turned 30


So unless you’ve hidden under a rock, you’ll have been aware I turned 30 last week.

Somehow people knew this because I was under the illusion I hardly mentioned it…

But with turning 30 comes that period where you kind of reflect on what’s going on.

And with that, I’ve looked at the difference in health & fitness at 30.

See in our 20’s, we want to look ripped to impress girls that didn’t want to talk to us anyways.

Vegetables came in the form of whatever they threw into your chicken fillet roll at lunch.

And weekends were for dying in a bed with a hangover and finding curry chips down the back of the couch.

But as we throw a few more miles on the clock, our values of health and fitness change.

For many, it’s to be fit and healthy for their kids.

Whether that means being able to chase them around the house when they’re acting up.

Or getting out at weekends to play with them and do activities.

Now I don’t have any childer yet however I am inclined to getting a dog soon.

So for me, I want to feel healthy and fit.

I want to be able to go on adventures, run if I need to without losing a lung and not break a sweat when out and about wandering.

If you had asked me what I viewed as healthy and fitness 10 years ago, I’d have told you something like “being so big and muscular that they had to widen doorways for ya”.

So as we roll into our 30’s, our values change.

For us lads, we start to wonder where that beer belly came out of that hangs over our belt.

Maybe our chest starts to look more like Caitlyn Jenner than Bruce!

Aches and pains set in like bad backs, the dodgy knee or that clicky shoulder.

And when did it start to get so difficult to reach around to shave our backs?

Undoing all those and becoming fitter has more meaning once we clock up the years.

We all want to feel youthful and not be restricted in day to day life.

And that’s where exercise and movement comes in.

The ole saying of “Use it or Lose it” becomes very apparent.

The longer you stay inactive, the stiffer you become and the harder it is to get going again.

So if you’re currently thinking of any of the above or maybe it might just be time to start, then pick something you like and get going.

Movement will do wonders for your physical and mental health.

You’ll feel great again and roll back the years.

Look to get stronger, more flexible and you won’t realise how good you will feel.

And if you live near Boyle and need help, don’t be afraid to get in touch

God knows what I’ll be thinking of when I hit 40!


Colm Duignan

Colm Duignan

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