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3 Ways to Achieve A Healthier Life in Your 40’s and Beyond

Over a year ago I wrote a blog post on “How to achieve a better life in your 40’s”. I decided to update the post and present it as a blog post. Unfortunately I am not able to do a video blog because of a cold so I am presenting this to you in a written form.

You have a better sense of who you are, what makes you happy, and how you can use your unique talents and abilities to better the world.  You know what you want and what you don’t want and have no trouble letting people know. You’re established in your career and have achieved success. However with all of this, it is important to formulate a plan that allows you to improve your health which provides the essential foundation for all that you do. The Health plan for your life requires diligent planning and needs to include nutrition and exercise.

Exercise

Lean muscle mass usually begins to decrease as your metabolism continues to slow. Body fat may become an issue if you don’t adjust your nutritional needs and/or increase your exercise. Less muscle and a slower metabolism means your body needs fewer calories than it did previously. Following the different types of eating will help you to understand and categorize the types of eating so that you can manage and decide how much you need to eat to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Fortunately, plenty of cardio and regular resistance training can help you keep your weight under control while minimizing muscle loss. Experts recommend getting one hour of weight training in three days a week plus at least 45 minutes of cardio five days a week. Take one day off for rest and recuperation.

General Health

In addition to regular breast self-exams you should add an annual mammogram. Make a habit of visiting your physician for a full physical every year as well. Estrogen levels begin to decline during your 40s and can increase your risk for heart disease. Regular cholesterol and blood pressure screenings are essential.

Nutrition

Now that your life is slightly less hectic, you may actually have time to cook nutritious meals from scratch—and enjoy the process. Invest in a few cookbooks focused on healthy recipes or subscribe to magazines. Taking a nutrition class can also be helpful. Choose whole foods whenever possible—like fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

A Bonus: Research has shown that people who regularly consume whole grains, are 40 percent less likely to develop diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

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You should also make sure you’re getting enough calcium, vitamin D and fiber—essential nutrients for women in their 40s and above to prevent osteoporosis, strengthen the immune system and decrease cholesterol. Experts recommend 1,000 milligrams a day of calcium, 600 to 1,000 international units of vitamin D, and plenty of soluble and insoluble fiber.

At Kwavi.com, we believe it’s never too late to make a change that will improve your life. If you have questions or would like to learn more about losing weight or maintaining a healthy lifestyle in your 40’s or beyond customized for you, let’s chat. Click the link to schedule a FREE mini session.

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