Hitting the age of 40 is a milestone for many. It comes as a reality-check to start pointing out many things that may or may not even be wrong in the first place and rightly so. Whether people have demanding jobs, aging parents, growing children or all of the above, it’s easy to put health aside. But 40 is the time to evaluate your wellbeing, and to plan for the long-run.
“Being healthy is not just about building a body, it is a lifestyle that manifests itself in your general outlook. It makes you more positive and optimistic and increases your energy level” says Farhan Akhtar; the 43 year old star who played the role of a 19 year old Milkha Singh just four years back.
Incorporate these simple tips in your everyday life to lead a healthier one.
1.Get To Know Yourself. Medically
Age 40 is a good time to look into your numbers for blood pressure, cholesterol levels, blood sugar and body weight. People need to know what their cholesterol level is and if they haven’t checked before age 40, they should.
2. Climb Up and Explore Your Family Tree
Your genetics play a significant role in deciding what you acquire from your forefathers. This can be a chiseled jawline, high cheekbones or a beautiful set of eyes. However, it can also be serious health issues. For example, those with a family history of colon cancer may want to get a colonoscopy at age 40, instead of waiting until age 50.The same goes with heart disease: a calcium test can help determine whether your arteries are starting to harden, and if you need major lifestyle changes or medications.
3. Put That Cigarette Out
The age of 40 should come as a serious reality check to smokers. We all know the health risks of smoking. While some smokers successfully quit by going cold turkey, most people do better with a tailored plan to keep themselves on track. A good quit plan addresses both the short-term challenge of stopping smoking and the long-term challenge of preventing relapse. It should also be tailored to your specific needs and smoking habits.
4. Schedule Sleep
You might’ve gotten away with sleeping for only about 4-5 hours in your twenties but as your body grows older, good sleep becomes a must. It’s crucial to your health and sanity that you schedule adequate sleep each night. As a thumb rule, we need seven to eight hours of sleep per night.
5. Cut Out Those Unnecessary Calories
Let’s face it; calories never have good intentions. One of the biggest changes we experience in our 30s and 40s is how our body uses and processes those calories. Now is a good time to say goodbye as they add up quickly and never leave you feeling good.