Most people would agree that “40 is the new 30” for both men and women. With increased life expectancy, more and more people find the true joys of life later than a few decades ago. However, even if you feel young, your body might not always agree.
The truth is that after 40 years old, your metabolism is slower, you need to rest more in order to face daily work stress and challenges, while partying comes lower on your priority list, after taking care of yourself, your family, and your job. Unfortunately, being 40 also means that your body requires more energy to recover and stay fit, meaning you’ll have to start looking after your diet, sleeping patterns, and workout routine.
If you’re having trouble staying fit and adopting a healthier lifestyle that will boost your energy levels even well into your 40s, here are some tips you need to follow.
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Make a conscious effort to move more
Working in an office for at least 8 hours a day and driving to and from work at least another hour daily leads to enough time spent sitting on a chair. This sedentary lifestyle, combined with struggles and stress can easily lead to sleeping and eating disorders, as well as health problems. If you want to avoid gaining weight, you need to make an effort to move more daily.
As a general rule, you should exercise for at least 20-30 minutes a day, no matter your favorite outdoor or indoor sports activity.
If you can’t afford jogging or running early in the morning, you can always do some exercises in the comfort of your own home.
Push-ups, triceps dips, and squats don’t require expensive monthly gym subscriptions or fancy equipment. On the contrary, you can do them anytime you want, in your living room or bedroom after you wake up in the morning.
Improve your endurance
If you decided to become more active and lose weight or work on your muscles, you must build your endurance in time. Exhausting yourself after one-two sessions makes it easier to quit in the short term.
Keep in mind that this is an ongoing process and that adopting a healthy lifestyle doesn’t happen overnight. Thus, you should start by walking or running more before jumping to more serious training routines or weight lifting.
Choose alternative means of transportation
Instead of spending hours on your car seat, try opting for alternative means of transportation whenever possible. Bikes, electric scooters or even a motorcycle are all better choices to get to work on time while also polluting the environment less.
If you choose to become a biker, don’t forget to also buy protective gear and a good pair of motorcycle boots for walking to support your feet while running daily errands or spending more time outside.
Although you can still party like a rockstar, you can’t actually recover like one after the age of 40 years. And, while we don’t suggest cutting off partying completely, you need to set some boundaries for your own health.
If you work hard throughout the week, you deserve one night to loosen up and enjoy the company of your friends or family. However, start earlier and make sure you’re in bed by midnight or 1 AM to still have enough time to get a good night’s sleep and recover until morning.
Start eating healthier
Diet plays a crucial role in changing your lifestyle and becoming more active and healthier. Forget all about greasy foods and midnight munchies or unhealthy snacks. Opt for more grilled meat combined with fresh veggies as often as you can and replace unhealthy sweets, rich in refined sugars, with organic fruits or gluten-free, sugar-free desserts.