If you're in your forties and still want to look your best, Pooja Banga, Nutritionist and Director at Cultivating Health will help! Listen
Having a perfectly healthy body is the dream of many women, especially by the age of 40. By the age of 40, your body is not as active as it was when you were 20. If you think that looking fit and healthy by the age of 40 is impossible, then you are wrong. You can have a perfect body with some healthy tips.
Don't miss your breakfast. Breakfast is important as our body metabolism slows down 2% every decade. Eating at the beginning of the day affects your metabolism, which peaks in the morning and promotes activity. Women who eat breakfast lose more weight and maintain it more efficiently than women who are on a low-carb diet and can gain weight again after just a few months.
While it is difficult to lose weight or maintain weight after 40, it is not impossible and problems like joint pain, back pain, etc. shouldn't prevent you from starting exercise. Any type of exercise can be designed for you and your body. A 30 minute workout will give your metabolism the kickstart it needs. There is no need to go to a gym. A simple thigh squat and stomach crunch will strengthen your bones, keep your balance, and avoid injuries that become increasingly important as you age.
3. Take calcium and vitamin D.
It is important to maintain strong bones to keep them fortified with vitamin D and calcium. Foods like salmon and milk are high in vitamin D and calcium. You can also get supplements if needed.
4. Manage your stress
It is not easy for a woman to keep a job and look after a family. Stress can lead to unhealthy changes in the body, such as decreased libido, increased blood pressure, and faster cell death. This can lead to faster aging. Hence meditation and you can help deal with stress and pressure. To maintain a healthy heartbeat, breathe in four beats through your nose and eight beats out at least four times a day, or whenever you feel stressed.
5. Eat protein to help boost your mood and your brain
If you are prone to a bad mood, increase the protein intake in your diet. Eating foods rich in protein increases levels of mood-enhancing cells in the brain, which can help deal with depression and poor memory.
Foods like eggs, fish, and quinoa are high in protein. They help in increasing serotonin production in the brain and boost your mood.
6. Avoid junk food
Avoid packaged and junk foods as these are high in fats and sugars. They can be problematic for your body. Eat healthy fruits and vegetables. Also, opt for seasonal fresh foods as these are healthy.
7. Meet up with friends
Make sure you hang out with your friends. t only does it relax you, but it also increases self-esteem and reduces stress. A good social life means less risk of heart disease, diabetes and strokes.
8. Schedule health checks
This is the period when health checks are really necessary. Important checks like eye test, mammography, blood pressure, thyroid, cholesterol and cervical swab to keep your body healthy and fit.
Input from: Pooja Banga, Nutritionist and Director at Cultivating Health
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