When you turn the big “three zero” it can be met with some fright. No longer are you considered a young adult in your 20s but now you are a regular adult. While turning 30 is perceived as a large life milestone, in reality, there isn’t much that changes between your late 20s and early 30s.
With that being said, it is important to be aware of the normal signs of aging when you turn the ripe age of 30. At the age of 30, you have lived through nearly 11,000 days on the planet. With so many days it only makes sense that signs of wear can begin to present themself. Within those 11,000 days, your body has been functioning for nearly a quarter of a million hours.
With a lot of time on the figurative human odometer, it is understandable that some things can begin to work less effectively. Below is a look into eight normal signs of aging experienced at the age of 30. While it can be disheartening to hear about signs of aging, it is important to note that living a healthy lifestyle is a way you can help to push back the biological clock and potentially reduce these signs of aging.
Skin is your body's natural barrier to the outside environment. It protects the delicate tissues within the body and takes the brunt of abrasions, UV radiation, and injuries. With thousands of days past you it only makes sense that your skin shows some signs of wear and tear.
While skin is well adapted to healing and snapping back, as you age the ability that your skin has to bounce back like nothing happened begins to decrease. After the age of 20 people will typically experience a 1.0-1.5% drop in collagen production a year. Collagen is the molecule responsible for skin elasticity and this decline contributes greatly to the outwardly apparent signs of aging like wrinkles and crow's feet.
Supporting your skin through the utilization of supplements that have research backed ingredients is a great way to give your skin the helping hand it needs to stay looking more youthful for longer. MitoQ Skin Support Complex has a unique mix of hyaluronic acid, Oryza ceramides, and Collactive Marine Collagen Complex to give your skin a youthful and hydrating boost.
Slight reduction in energy level
Most 30 year olds have run into the situation where they go to do something they haven’t done in a while, like playing a sport, and quickly realize that they simply don’t have the same level of energy that they once had. This phenomenon is typically a normal sign of aging. It is important to note that if you feel excessively fatigued that it may be a good idea to seek a consultation from a doctor to rule anything out.
Moderate reduction in energy levels is normal and a potential culprit of that lost energy could be your mitochondria. The mitochondria are the cellular generators that convert chemical energy from the food you eat into the biologically relevant source of energy Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP).
Research has indicated that mitochondrial functioning may decline as a result of reduced levels of the antioxidant CoQ10. CoQ10 decline appears to be a natural aspect of aging and can contribute to decreased energy levels.
MitoQ is a supplement that was created by a team of researchers that discovered a unique CoQ10 supplement that was able to target mitochondria and assist in the defense against free radicals that are largely responsible for reduced mitochondrial efficiency.
By supplementing CoQ10 you can effectively support your mitochondria by bolstering a healthy level of CoQ10 within its membrane and ensure that it is working at its most efficient. By supporting these little microscopic generators you support your body in its ability to function at its best.
Flexibility is another thing that can tend to change as you get older. Just like the skin losing its elasticity, as you age your muscles and tendons lose a portion of their elasticity. While changes in biology are slightly involved, the main reason behind reduced flexibility is mainly that as you age the likelihood that you maintain flexibility and exercise decreases. Biologically at the age of 30 there are most likely very little biological changes to elasticity in muscles or tendons.
Maintaining flexibility is an important component to your quality of life as you age. While it is normal to have a decrease in flexibility as you age, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you should accept it. Going out and partaking in regular physical exercise and light stretching can help you maintain your flexibility well into your later years.
Longer recovery times
As you age it is generally accepted that your ability to heal is affected. In particular your body is much slower to undergo healing and fully recover. At the age of 30 you really aren’t likely to notice these changes because they are so slight. As you continue to age you will probably notice that scrapes, bruises, and injuries take longer to go away.
These changes in healing time due to age is most notable if you have children where they are able to recover in what seems like record time from injuries. The only thing that you can do to help is try to live a healthy lifestyle throughout life in hopes that you have a healthier body that is more adapted to heal.
Vision related problems are a common sign of aging and at 30 you may already be noticing the effects that aging has on your vision. The most common vision issue associated with age is the hardening of the lens within the eye. The eye has many different components, but the lens is really the only one that moves within the structure of the eye.
It is the job of the lens to be able to change the focal length from near to far away. The lens accomplishes this through the bending action imposed on it by the muscles in the eye. As you age the elasticity of the lens can decrease and it can become difficult for the muscles within the eye to manipulate the eye to bring images into focus. Typically people with increased lens rigidity are unable to see close up and is why you see many older people holding restaurant menus at arms length to be able to read them.
While vision problems like lens rigidity tend to correlate with age, there are ways in which you can support your vision and give it the best shot at retaining its visual acuity. Supplements like MitoQ Eye provide a mixture of ingredients that can help support healthy vision, overall eye health, and tear duct function. While not a miracle pill, supplements can give support to your eyes and give them nutrients and assistance they need to function normally.
Metabolism is an ever changing and adapting system within your body. Some people have fast metabolisms while others are quite slow. A fairly consistent trend that exists is that metabolism tends to slow as you get older.
The general thought as to why your metabolism slows has to do with your body fat and reduction in muscle mass. Increases in body fat are another trend with age and it has been shown that muscle loss is also correlated with age. When you decrease muscle and increase fat within the body, the body doesn’t need to have a fast metabolism to keep it going. Muscle requires more energy to sustain than fat and because of the decrease in energy demands your metabolism slows.
The best way to curb a slow metabolism is to stay active, build muscle, and eat a well balanced diet. These conditions are more likely to increase muscle mass, decrease body fat, and therefore increase energy demands of your metabolism.
Bone density is a measure of how dense and strong your bones are. At the age of 30 your bones will typically reach their peak bone density. While this is a welcomed positive sign of aging, it is important that after your early 30s your bone density begins to gradually decline.
Because of this downward trajectory of bone density it is important for you to try your best to build healthy bones through weight bearing exercise, consumption of calcium, and consumption of vitamin D. These will allow you to have the optimal bone density in your early 30s that can carry you through your later years with healthy bones.
In summary, the age of 30 typically represents the first point in which you will notice any real signs of aging. You have had 29 years of physical growth and turning 30 doesn’t need to stop you from growing personally within your career, relationships, and wellness.
Being aware of the common effects of aging can better prepare you by giving you the opportunity to make actionable changes now to improve your standing once you reach that point.
Reviewed by: Kai Man Yuen/ BSc., PGDipSci., MSc.