The big 40 is a huge mark in anyone’s life. Sometimes it is shocking to realize that you just turned 40. You didn’t even realize how quickly the years had gone by. But here you are, 40 years old!
When we enter our 40s and 50s, it is high time to start thinking about living a healthy life. Some people are health and fitness enthusiasts all their life. But if you had more fun in your 20s and 30s, instead of caring about your health, it is not the end of the world.
There is still plenty of time to get into a healthy routine, where you can even undo some of the damage from your early years! Here are four tips that will help you live healthier in your 40s and 50s.
- Quit Smoking
While smoking for one or two decades may have already done some damage to your body, it is possible to curb or even undo much of that damage. Some studies do show that people who can quit smoking before they turn 35 or 40 can undo much of the damage from the habit.
There are so many ways to quit smoking lately. You could try vaping, which has its health risks but is a much healthier alternative. Or you could quit cold turkey. Either way, smoking is one habit that you absolutely must leave in your 30s!
- Give Up Red Meat
Red meat is not good for the body. Not only is it linked to various health conditions, such as heart disease, high cholesterol and stroke, but it is not good for your digestive system either.
If you are not convinced at being vegan or vegetarian, at least try and limit yourself to chicken, turkey and other lean meats. You can have many delicious meals with chicken, turkey, fish and other sources of protein.
Even those who love red meat can limit their intake. Having red meat one or two times a month is fine. But if it is every other meal, then you may have a problem!
- Curb Alcohol Intake
Being older doesn’t mean you need to quit drinking. But it does mean that you may want to think about how many times you binge drink in a month. When you consume four or more drinks, you are binge drinking.
Limit those nights as much as you can. Ideally, cut them out altogether. Stick to one or two drinks a day, with some days where you do not drink at all. Your body will thank you in the coming decades!
- Get Active
Being active is even more important when you are older. These are the years where your metabolism will begin to decline. You will have a harder time burning calories and fat, unless you get active.
When you are active, whether it is by running, working on the elliptical or lifting weights, you are boosting your metabolism.
Those who are active will also look and feel younger. If you want to look like a younger man or woman in your 40s and 50s, exercising is the way to achieve it!
It is scary to think that you may be “old” already. But turning 40 does not have to be a bad milestone in your life. It could be the moment where you embrace a healthier lifestyle. You can still have so much fun in your 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s. If you are fit, healthy and active, you will certainly have more fun in this stage of your life!