6 Tips for Staying Healthy at 40 and Beyond

Posted by Pekin Insurance on Jun 30, 2016

As those grey hairs are coming in and you are furiously trying to color them away every two to four weeks, don’t forget about the other parts of your body that need to be remembered as much, if not more than, those grey hairs.

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As those grey hairs are coming in and you are furiously trying to color them away every two to four weeks, don’t forget about the other parts of your body that need to be remembered as much, if not more than, those grey hairs. 

Typically, it is around age 30 when an individual’s metabolism begins to slow, but many find that they don’t notice a difference until around 40. Why does it take some people time to notice?

Well particularly for women, the late twenties and thirties are when many women are bearing children. As the baby grows in those nine months, so does the number on the scale, and once the baby is born the journey of losing the baby weight begins, until maybe another baby comes along. Women get swept up in the lives of their children and are less focused on themselves or when they do take a moment to view themselves in the mirror, they just see baby weight in their minds. This can be true and I am not saying that spending time with your kids during those years is bad, but time moves fast during those early years, and by the time you focus on yourself, it has been so many years of dedication to them that you have forgotten about yourself.

A similar idea goes for men. In your twenties and early thirties, maybe you were married but didn’t have any kids. You would go to work and then hit the gym before heading home to eat dinner and settle down for the night. Then fast forward to having one or two kids, and now you must give up time with them after work to go and workout or wait until after they are in bed.

As a parent, you make sacrifices for your kids that often have an effect on your health. Carpooling kids to various sporting events makes eating out more convenient than making a healthier dish at home. But you don’t have to let raising a family take a toll on your health. Keep reading for our top six tips on how to stay healthy at 40 and beyond.   

  1. Drink more water!

Yes, I know this is the most common tip out there, but so many people still don’t drink at least 8 cups a day, and if you’re active then you need more than that. If you are thirsty, then you are already dehydrated. Don’t wait until you’re thirsty; nourish your body all day. I used to think that I was drinking 8 cups every day, if not more, until I starting counting and realized I was way short. Start counting the number of cups you drink a day to see if you are truly getting enough to stay hydrated.

  1. Prepare meals and snacks ahead of time

Crock pots are your lifesaver! Throw some chicken in the pot, set it on low, go to work, and come back to cooked chicken that will shred with a fork. Then, you can easily make tacos, a simple casserole, or for the picky ones, just shredded chicken and rice. Many times we opt for fast food when we are too tired to make something. Having it already cooked when you get home encourages you to eat healthier.

As for snacks, having them made up, cut up, and separated in bags makes it easier to grab and go. Fruit in a container or salt-free trail mix deters you away from the vending machine and convenience store. If you get your kids into the habit of eating healthy from day one, then you’ll be eating healthy alongside them. As they say, what you eat affects your weight more than if you ate junk and worked out all the time.

  1. Pack your lunch

Besides being able to pack a healthier lunch, should you have more than one break room in your building, put your lunch in the break room farthest from you to force you to walk a little farther. Use every excuse to get moving.

  1. Use any excuse to move

Work in a large building? Try to plan your meetings in a conference room across the building to get you and your colleagues moving. Are you kids in the yard throwing a ball back and forth? Join them! While you may be tired after work, this gets you moving and spending time with your kids. If they are sitting in front of the television when you get home, be the one to get them up and outside with you. The more you move around between sitting, the more awake you’ll feel.

  1. Routines

The less you eat out and the more you work on making meals at home, the less you’ll remember what it was like before you cooked at home. The time will be programmed into your day instead of being a burden. When you’re more active and eating healthy, you feel better inside and out.

  1. Reduce Stress

In a world that is full of stress I’m sure you think I’m crazy for even suggesting it, but I have a method to my madness. Worried about losing all your belongings in a fire? Getting or making sure you have the right homeowners insurance is the key to not stressing so heavily. When you know your family and belongings are covered, you can let that stress go. Pekin Insurance has many endorsements to add to their homeowners insurance to make sure your house is covered since every house is different. We want to create a unique policy to fit your home.

On top of that, you are at a point in your life where life insurance could be of great benefit to you. Should your family lose the main source of income by your death, would they be able to survive? What would happen to them financially? Having life insurance could help give you and your family peace of mind that should anything happen to you, they would not be left in a financial nightmare. 

Being more active and living a healthier lifestyle can be a struggle at first, but stick with it and soon you won’t remember what it was like before. Those healthier choices will hopefully pay off when your weight goes down, and your risk for high blood pressure, diabetes, and more may decrease as well (other factors like genetics can play into health problems).

  

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