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Making Significant Progress: Your Health Priorities After 40

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For those on the wrong side of 40, they may feel that by the time they get to this scary digit, that it’s too late to fix certain problems, especially in terms of your health. When you hit your forties, you may feel you’ve been stuck in the same habits for years. But when you turn 40 and your life, and your body, undergo massive changes, your habits should change too. With this in mind, what are the things that you should do to create a better life for yourself after the age of 40?

Prioritize Prevention

It sounds obvious, but as soon as you start to schedule appointments with your doctor and dentist you will have a far better idea of what you can do to keep on the right side of disease and deterioration. Having routine medical appointments helps to keep common health conditions like diabetes, hypertension, or poor oral health in check, it’s time to not be scared of the doctor!

Look at Your Vices

By the time we turn 40, we’ve ingrained a lot of bad habits. Whether they are good or bad, you need to have a clear understanding of what each one can do for you. There is the perfect opportunity to cut back on these vices, whether it’s smoking or drinking. As well, other vices like addiction can be difficult to confront. But now is the time to reach out for help, whether it’s through a medical professional or a friend, you need to nip this in the bud before the consequences are irreversible.

Learn to Sleep

Yes, you need to learn how to sleep effectively! So many of us still feel that we need to burn the midnight oil or think sleep is the refuge of the weak. But lack of sleep can cause significant hormonal changes over the age of 40 in both men and women. As well as this the lack of sleep can contribute to health conditions like heart disease and cancer. If you get the recommended 7 to 9 hours of sleep, you will reduce your stress and improve your immune system. Learning how to sleep could be about having a good night time routine or learning to de-stress so you have good quality sleep.

Eating More Protein

Protein is the building blocks of muscle. If you want to get stronger as you get older, the optimum amounts would be between 0.8 and 1 gram of protein for every pound of body weight each day. So, if you weigh 150 lb, you should be aiming for 150g of protein every day. This may sound like a lot, but there are plenty of protein sources. You may also want to think about a collagen supplement or an amino acid drink.

And through all of this, we need to prioritize learning how to relax. Stress is the biggest killer these days with our increasingly busy lives. By learning to calm down and find the right techniques to relax, we won’t feel the pressures after the age of 40. Whether you have many children to look after, or you feel there aren’t many hours in the day, if you can learn to minimize your stress, you are making significant progress.

Karla Urwitz
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