When you get to your 40s, your health goes from being that thing you only think about when you’re suffering from random flu to a thing you must think about all the time. If you want to stay strong and healthy, there are many things that you should be doing, some of which you’ll have to do every day for the rest of your life. They include:
It’s no secret just how beneficial physical exercise can be to your body. By exercise, I don’t mean that you need to join a gym. Just 30 minutes per day of simple bodyweight exercises such as squats, stomach crunches, and push-ups will keep you strong and fit as you get older.
2. Eat Breakfast
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day as it gives you the energy you need to fuel activity. Even in the weight loss battle, eating breakfast will go a long way. According to studies, people who eat a good breakfast lose more weight and are able to sustain the weight loss more effectively. Weight loss experts recommend healthy baked goods and gluten-free.
3. Take Vitamin D and Calcium
As you grow older, your bones start getting weaker. While this is inevitable, you can keep your bones strong for as long as possible by making sure your diet contains enough calcium and vitamin D, which are the vital nutrients needed to maintain strong bones. You can get these nutrients naturally from foods like salmon and milk. Women over 40 can take supplements if necessary.
4. Stress management
Stress is a part of life for a woman in her forties especially if you have a job, kids, and other normal life responsibilities. Stress can trigger some changes in your body leading to conditions like lower libido, increased blood pressure, among others.
You need to come up with multiple stress relief techniques. It could be anything; yoga, meditation, speaking to a therapist, or anything else that works for you.
5. Eat More Protein
Low moods, depression, and poor memory are problems that commonly affect women over 40. Eating foods rich in protein at least twice per day helps boost levels of mood-lifting neurotransmitters working in the brain which alleviates symptoms of poor memory and depression.
6. Get enough sleep
The health benefits of getting enough quality sleep are very underrated. There’s a lot that goes on in your body when you’re asleep. Your body takes the opportunity to recharge the cells, heal, and generally get ready for the next day. Experts recommend that you get at least 7 hours of sleep every night.
7. Try new things
Try new things every time you can, and am not talking about just the bedroom, you should try new experiences that put you out of your comfort zone and have you doing things you’d never have thought you could. Try visiting a continent you’ve never been to, or take up dancing lessons; the options are endless.
8. Have a close relationship with your friends and family
Friends make life interesting and more bearable for most of us. Family is the people that you know love and care for you no matter what. Friends and family are important, especially to our mental health. Relaxing with friends helps relieve stress and also boosts self-esteem. Make sure you have friends and keep in touch with them in person, not just on social media.
9. Never skip health checks
Lastly, you need to have regular health checks done on your body to prevent certain preventable illnesses from catching you off guard. Health checks are needed to monitor your eye health, blood pressure, thyroid, cholesterol, mammogram, and cervical smear.