Women and their 40s

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Women and their 40s

Author: Reilika Nestor 08.12.2014 at 00:00

If you've reached the seasoned and experienced age of forty, take a relaxed moment to think about your health and make plans on how to go forward.

The years following forty are a time of biological change for both men and women. This is when inevitable aging begins. We cannot stop this from happening, but what we can influence is the rate of aging. Will we reach a respectable age soon or in some years? Will we reach it ill or being sharp and vital? All of this is up to us. If you haven’t given your health much thought so far, then you’ve now reached the ultimate age for this. Your organism is quite adaptable even after your fortieth birthday.
The main things you should start to give more attention to can be summarized in a few words: nutrition, exercise, and mental health.

Stand in front of a mirror and look at your body. Determine areas of fat deposit. Fat accumulated on your arms, shoulders, neck, and waist are quite harmful to you. Padding on your hips, buttocks, and thighs is less dangerous. This means being pear-shaped is healthier than boasting the form of a pumpkin or an apple. It is also known that the ideal body fat percentage of women 40 and older is 20-30% and 15-25% for men of the same age.

In order to assess how one’s figure corresponds to age-adjusted health standards, you should measure yourself. Measure your waistline near your belly button and divide it with your hip measurement. Women should have a ratio of 0.8 or less, and men 1.0 or less. If the ratio of your measurements is higher than these values, you should consider correcting your figure. You should remain realistic and keep in mind that nature has given us a certain body type. You shouldn't aim for looking like Hollywood stars. Their lifestyles and looks are deceitful since they have entire teams to help them follow their exercise and nutrition plans.

Your healthy weight is what you can maintain eating low fat food and getting constant physical exercise. It’s never too late to begin exercising! Don’t let it bother you that many of your friends do nothing or have given up exercise, but still look great. Let it inspire you that looks can be deceptive and not reflect actual health!

What you can do straight away is to stop eating greasy and sweet foods. Forget couches and armchairs occupied 24/7, and move yourself. Whatever you do – it’s better than sitting. Before developing a serious exercise habit, visit your doctor and check your health.

Don’t give up if you don't like or enjoy some activities. For example, not everyone will enjoy jogging. But your body might benefit from swimming and walking. Begin with, say, 20 to 30 minute walks three to four times per week. If possible, strain your muscles at least once a week. If you'd like to visit a gym, begin with asking advice from specialists. This easy-does-it approach to your health is guaranteed to lead to greater success!

These days, people in their forties are considered to have tremendous potential. Your years do not hinder you from physical and mental activity. It’s the other way around – just provide your body and health with sufficient care.