Even if you’re just taking baby steps, it’s better to get started on something even if you feel like you’re way behind the curve.

Just get started on whatever it is you really want to do and you’ve already got the ball rolling!

And that’s half the battle.

AskReddit users talked about what people can start doing now that will help them out five years down the road.

Let’s take a look.

1. Look at them!

“Definitely working out!

You start as an out of shape pebble and in 5 years you become someone worth double takes.”

2. Put some away.

“If you have some savings already, putting an emergency fund in a no-fault CD will give you better returns than a savings account. Savings account barely gives anything back, but at least it’s better than nothing.

A no-fault CD is a good place to store money that you will ‘need’ in the future and don’t want to gamble. For example, if you lose your job then you know you’ll have at LEAST the amount you put in there.

Where as stocks, ETFs etc is not as stable. Look at ETFs in general last year march-August, it was a s**t show for the most part but they did rebound. If you would have needed that money in march you’d be taking it out on a loss.

Otherwise, if it’s money that you’re putting away for retirement or very long term than 401K, Roth IRA, or putting it into a good vanguard ETF are good options as well.”

3. Stay flexible.

“Yoga, or other regular exercise to maintain flexibility.

Or by the time you’re 40 you’ll be moving like the Tin Man after rain.”

4. Cut them out.

“Cut out sugary drinks.

Me and the BF have since moving houses (around a month ago) and we have dropped a few pounds each.

Cutting out high sugar drinks will help massively in the future.”

5. Nasty stuff.

“Stop drinking al**hol.

It’s poison.”

6. Good point!

“Develop charisma and socialize.

There is not a single problem that cannot be solved if you have enough friends.”

7. Start now.

“Plan and take your first steps towards your career path.

Keep moving forward. I quit and regret it every. Single. Day.

33 years old. Nothing to show for it. Successful husband, check. Happy, healthy kids, check. Me? Broken shell of an incompetent human being.

Plan. Move forward. Step over your path blockers. Don’t allow life to block your goals.

Don’t turn into me.”

8. Take care of your skin.

“Moisturize!! And wear sunscreen.

The time to start both is before you think you need them.”

9. Important.


Learn to not care about what other people say.”

10. Different ways to invest.

“Invest: in themselves, their skills, their health, their money, their time.

There are many ways to invest, but few people my age seem to do so.”

11. And…lift!

“Lift weights.

I WISH more females would use the barbell! The benefits are enormous, from a better body composition to better bone health.

I hope I’ll be lifting into my old age cause I really think it’s a magic pill for it’s anti-aging benefits.”

12. Keep moving.

“For those who are in your late 20s and 30s, don’t stop being active. A big change happens when you are 35 for some people but not for others.

I heard on a podcast last week that from 35-55 you get to choose your age. Some 39 year olds are old as f**k and barely get out of a chair without sounding like a geriatric 70 year old.

Some beach volleyball players in their 40s are better than those in their 20s. Some people are doing triathlons in their 50s.

Don’t stop exercising. If you stop it is so hard to start back up again.”

Now it’s your turn.

In the comments, tell us what you think people should start doing now that will help them out in five years.

We look forward to it!