Recently I’ve been reading a lot of posts by bloggers about how – well, let’s not beat around the bush here – how crap they feel now they’ve hit the big 4-0. It makes me sad because it absolutely doesn’t have to be that way. In fact I’ve had a 4 at the beginning of my age for (ahem) a couple of years now and I am living proof that you can feel great. How to Feel Great After 40? It’s not as hard as you think.
Accept that things will change and that is okay
Yes, your body is going to change as you approach and pass the big 4-0. It is perfectly natural and frankly it beats the heck out of the alternative! Try not to panic and use my tips to help you feel great after 40. There are definitely things you can do to mitigate the effects of time on your physical wellbeing.
Get Enough Sleep
When you are 25 you can stay out all night and still get up easily the following morning. As your body ages, it just won’t put up with as much. Our busy lifestyles – and having children – can make getting enough sleep really hard but grab the odd nap if you can and try to get to bed a bit earlier. I don’t always take my own advice but when I do I can absolutely feel the difference.
Make Healthy Food Choices
Our bodies find it easier to put on weight as we age and it’s easy to panic and head for the nearest fad diet. Instead, treat your body kindly and make healthy choices at least eighty percent of the time. I’ve found including more healthy fats in my diet makes a real difference. Try using mashed avocado on sandwiches instead of butter and use mild olive oil in cooking. Conversely, use butter in baking instead of margarine or shortening (where possible). Include more vegetables, fruit and oily fish in your diet and explore the option of cutting down on the amount of meat you eat.
Explore Complimentary Therapies
There’s no substitute for good medical advice and this should always be your first port of call. However complimentary therapies can be incredibly helpful. I see a chiropractor every six weeks and have reflexology every two weeks. Both eliminate some of the aches and pains I began to experience once I hit 40 as well as helping to keep my hormones in balance. I also use essential oils therapeutically (externally only). A friend of mine swears by acupuncture. Explore the options and always consult professional practitioners. Essential oils, herbal supplements and complimentary therapies are powerful things and can be harmful if used or administered incorrectly.
Move It or Lose It
Seriously. If you do not use your muscles they will atrophy and you will feel awful when you call them into action. The more you move the better you feel. Even a twenty minute walk a few times a week can make a difference. Look into Pilates and Yoga, both of which I absolutely swear by for strength and flexibility. Be sure to start slowly if you haven’t been active in a long time. The ‘no pain no gain’ thing is seriously passé.
Turning 40 will mean changes in your body and how you feel. However if you take my advice you will find that there is absolutely no reason you cannot take action to help yourself feel your very best.
This post is intended as friendly advice based on my own personal experience and that of friends and family. If you have concerns about health or aging issues, see your doctor.