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9 Healthy Tips Any Woman Over 40 Needs to Know

9 Healthy Tips Any Woman Over 40 Needs to Know

Our wisdom and compassion often increase as we grow older, but so do our health challenges. More than 90% of older adults have at least one chronic condition, and more than 75% have more than one. Plus, these figures are even higher for women than for men.

 

Natural changes like menopause and your family medical history play a part, but a healthy lifestyle can help you stay as strong and independent as possible in the years ahead.

 

Take a look at these tips to help you maintain your health as you age.

 

#Dealing with Menopause:

  1. Stay cool. 

Hot flashes can make you uncomfortable and disrupt your sleep. Reduce them by limiting triggers like alcohol and caffeine. Dress in layers and keep a fan next to your bed.

  1. Manage stress

Stress can aggravate hot flashes and other symptoms of menopause. Meditate daily and think positively.

  1. Lose weight. 

Your muscles shrink and your metabolism slows down as you age. The distribution of your body fat changes too, so more of those pounds wind up around your waist, increasing your risk for heart conditions and diabetes. Fight back by eating less and exercising more.

  1. Eat soy. 

Many women find relief from menopause symptoms with soy and supplements, even though studies give conflicting results. See if tofu and soymilk work for you.

  1. Talk with your doctor. 

Your doctor can tell you whether you’re a good candidate for hormone replacement therapy or other treatments. Share your concerns and questions.



#Staying Physically Fit:

  1. Condition your heart. 

You’re about 5 times more likely to have heart disease after you turn 40. Aerobic exercise, along with a diet high in fiber and low in unhealthy fats, can help your heart start stay strong.

  1. Build your muscles

Slow down muscle loss, and thicken your bones with strength training. Lift weights or try movements that use your own body weight for resistance, like planks and pushups.

  1. Increase your balance. 

Avoid falls by becoming steadier on your feet. Practice yoga or just stand on one foot while you're talking on the phone.

  1. Ask a trainer. 

Do you already have stiff hips or a sore back? Some professional trainers specialize in corrective fitness that will target the areas you need to limber up.

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Stay healthy can be more challenging after 40. However, with these suggestions, your body will show you appreciation.

 

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