Some people believe that turning 40 means you’re over the hill but it’s often a state of mind. Some people feel better in their 40’s than they did in their 20’s. A lot of that has to do with taking care of yourself, mentally, physically, and emotionally. As you get older, certain life responsibilities are necessary like ensuring you have a last will and testament or securing life insurance benefits. But staying happy and healthy past 40 means more than just prioritizing your paperwork. It’s about prioritizing your life and your health. And here’s how to do it.
Start Cooking and Enjoying Food
A well-balanced diet is a big part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Eating foods rich in nutrients, minerals, and vitamins help maintain healthy levels including cholesterol and blood pleasure. It also aids in your heart health, energy levels, and overall mood. If you were never interested in cooking before, perhaps now is the time to start. Visiting fresh farmers markets or even your local grocery stores produce section is the perfect place to start. Check out which produce items are in season, locally grown, or just look particularly good that day. Then research some fun and different recipes that you’ve never tried before.
Head over to the meat or fish department and add some protein to your plate. Experiment with different flavors, seasoning, and combinations of different foods. Creating colorful, nutritious, and delicious meals will be rewarding for both your mind and your body. Try thinking outside the box (of cereal, pasta, and donuts) and find ingredients that are natural and wholesome.
If this sounds like too much work for you, companies like Hello Fresh and Blue Apron will deliver all the ingredients you need right to your doorstep. With instructions for preparation. But, remember, walking around your local grocery store or even a farmer’s market can act as a great form of exercise and help you get your daily dose of vitamin D!
It’s no secret that daily activity and exercise is important for overall health and well-being. But as you age, this becomes even more important. Regular exercise leads to better bone density, a lower risk of Alzheimer’s Disease and diabetes, while improving blood pressure, flexibility, and mobility. Exercise is also a great way to improve your mood and ward off feelings of depression. Make your exercise routine a social event as well by joining a gym or taking walks in your neighborhood or local park. This could lead to meeting new workout buddies who quickly turn into friends.
If you’re either suffering from a recent injury or have a recurring problem or difficulty, start with moderate, low impact exercise like walking or water aerobics. Swimming and bike riding are two more exercise for those looking for a low impact option. You can easily incorporate light weight-training into your routine as well.
Simple changes to your daily activities can keep you feeling young and mobile. Investing in a fitness tracker is another great to monitor your progress, connect with friends, and ensure that you’re reaching your daily goals for exercise, calorie burn, and even diet.
Learn the Warning Signs
There are some common ailments that creep up once you pass the age of 40. These include heart disease, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. The first line of defense against these conditions is the two above mentioned suggestions of maintaining an active lifestyle and a balanced diet. But understanding and knowing the warning signs of these conditions can also help identify and treat them before they escalate.
Cardiovascular disease can include issues with a person’s blood vessels, clotting, and overall heart health. There are some basic warning signs of cardiovascular issues that you should be aware of. These include but are not limited to:
- Chest pain or discomfort
- Excessive snoring
- Dizziness or lightheadedness
- Throat or jaw pain
- Easily exhausted
If you are experiencing any type of chest pain, rapid breathing, or feelings of discomfort or are concerned you’re having heart issues, it’s always recommended to consult with a medical professional to get an accurate diagnosis.
Diabetes is another common condition that affects people of all ages. But individuals over the age of 40 should be aware of the warning signs of this epidemic. If you experience any of these symptoms, you may be suffering from onset diabetes.
- Increased/extreme thirst
- Weight loss
- Frequent urination
- Dry mouth
- Increased appetite
- Blurry vision
Because many of these symptoms are associated with a long list of other conditions, they are not a definite sign of diabetes but it’s recommended you take note of their frequency and consult with your doctor.
Don’t Be Ashamed
Aging is a part of life. It eventually happens to everyone. Take control of your life by adopting a healthy lifestyle. This means maintaining a health, well-balanced diet and incorporating physical activity into your daily routine. It also means being aware of potential health conditions and their warning signs. There’s no shame in aging! Embrace it.
Article Submitted By Community Writer