It is often said that life begins at 40. While this is not literarily implied, it does hold some degree of truth. From the age of 40, your body becomes more susceptible to changes and prone illnesses, and the way you treat yourself would tell on it more than ever before. This post highlights 10 healthy habits for individuals over 40 years.
They say life begins at 40 years of age because that is the time you ought to relax a bit more and start enjoying the fruits of your labor. Hence, giving you time to pay attention to your health. It is very important to know how to care for your health at this age because your health habits at this age would affect further years to come.
There are many healthy habits that people above 40 years can practice to avoid future health complications. These are habits I have seen work for some individuals, as well as habits advised by health experts.
10 healthy habits for individuals over 40 years old
1. Sleep more
According to an American study carried out by researchers at the University of Binghamton going to bed early and getting enough sleep is good for our morale. It helps limit anxiety and negative thoughts. In addition, people who go to bed late are more prone to weight problems. Sleep is very good for individuals over 40 years. However, according to some experts, too much sleep would not be good either.
3. Stop smoking
If you are above 40 years of age, crush your last cigarette once and for all. You will receive a lot of immediate health benefits from it. For example, the risk of getting heart attacks will be limited by half, you’ll enjoy better sleep. Also, you’ll have improved taste and smell, a reduced risk of lung cancer, and renewed life expectancy to the same level as a non-smoker.
4. Stop skipping meals
Not only would skipping a meal tend to make us fatter more than losing weight. Additionally, according to research made by experts in the long run, it would increase the risk of heart disease and diabetes. So, say no to skipping meals and enjoy every meal. Your health depends on it!
5. Drink enough water
Water really works wonders for the body. Drinking lots of water is a very good health habit for individuals over 40 years. Water is not only used to hydrate our skin and our throat, it’s absorption also helps, among other things, to improve our cognitive capacities, to moderate our appetite and to expel toxins more quickly from our body. Furthermore, drinking lots of water everyday is not the most difficult resolution to keep!
6. Limit your alcohol consumption
In addition to being harmful to our health in general, excessive alcohol consumption in your 40s can have serious repercussions much later. Many experts have revealed that continuing to drink too much after 40 years would double your chances of developing severe cognitive impairment. So think about that the next time you want to serve yourself a ‘last drink.’
7. Exercise regularly
Regular physical activity is necessary to feel physically fit and to build your heart. And it is not necessarily a matter of registering for the gym or hiring a gym trainer. Walking, cleaning or going for a swim for 30 minutes at least three times a week is enough to keep us healthy and more fit.
8. Take care of your skin
To benefit from beautiful skin longer and reduce the risk of cancer, you should wear sunscreen or sunblock all year round and not just when you are in the sun. Indeed, even on a cloudy day, UV rays can reach you. The good news is that many moisturizers contain it and don’t necessarily leave the skin all white after application.
A good slice of fun would make you feel healthier. And it is the doctors who recommend it. You will enjoy many benefits from laughing more often. Such benefits include; decrease in stress and blood pressure, building of face muscles, strengthening of the immune system, feeling and more. Furthermore, it is a resolution that is rather pleasant to hold!
10. Consume less salt
Salt is bad for the heart, brain and kidneys and is not really our “health” ally. So, even if you love well-salted dishes, it’s time to slow down your consumption a bit (the recommended amount should not exceed 6 grams per day). You can of course replace it with spices!
Enjoying perfect health above the age of 40 is totally achievable. All it takes is a bit of dedication. The above healthy habits for individuals over 40 years are very practical and achievable. Practicing them consistently would ensure that you enjoy excellent health in further years to come!