If you are in your forties, you are still at an age to ensure that you will age healthily. Consider the following health tips if you are over 40!
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#1. Practice mindfulness
Forms of quiet, self absorbed activities such as yoga or meditation can have a very positive effect on the brain. As we age, it is vitally important for us to protect our brains.
#2. Build muscle strength
Taking part in some form of strength training can be a huge benefit as muscle mass decreases as we get older. If you’re physically inactive, it can decrease by three to five percent every 10 years after the age 30.
#3. Look after your bones
Bone density decreases as we age, but particularly for women after menopause. Taking part in regular exercise and a diet consisting of leafy greens can help to protect your bone health.
#4. Reduce stress
Stress has a very negative effect on the body and compromises our health, particularly impacting on the heart and brain. Practicing mindfulness, exercising and making healthy changes to your lifestyle, can help cut back on stress.
#5. Take time to enjoy life
More often than not these days, work is taking up most of our time and we find little or no time to spend quality time and enjoy life with family or friends. Make time to enjoy life away from the rut of just working.
#6. Prioritize your own needs
Most people, especially women, spend most of their 20s and 30s pleasing other people. By the time you reach your 40s, it’s time to realize you need to do things to keep yourself happy.
#7. Get regular checkups
The dreaded yearly check ups are an unpleasant experience but it is vitally important to be up to speed with your health and prevent problems in the long run.
#8. Love your body
By the age of 40, allow yourself to just be you and not crumble under the constant concern that our bodies are not good enough. Be yourself, the world will adjust.
#9. Eat probiotics
Yoghurt is a food rich in probiotics, which is a vital part of keeping your gut healthy as well as encouraging wellness throughout your whole body, which if not kept in check, can have pretty wide-ranging effects on your overall health.
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#10. Take a serious approach to exercise
Find a mode of exercise that you are going to enjoy and you are more likely to stick to it. Don’t feel obligated to stick to a particular exercise routine because it’s what people we know are doing, everyone is different.
The BetterMe Team wants you and those close to you to live a healthy, happy life! Your health is a valuable thing; look after your body and your mind so that you can live your life to the fullest – Remember you only get one!
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