Marla Ahlgrimm, a world-renowned women’s healthcare expert and retired U.S. based pharmacist shares information for women on how to remain healthy after 40.
Eat up. It’s no surprise that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. However, as a woman’s metabolism changes, it makes sense to start the day off with a larger first meal. According to Marla Ahlgrimm, women who go heavy in the mornings tend to lose more weight – up to four times more – than those who skip the eggs and toast and opt for a low-carb diet.
Get moving. By the age of 40, most women should’ve already entered into a fun and comfortable exercise routine, says Marla Ahlgrimm. However, those that have not should. A six-month strength training regimen can enhance a woman metabolism and also works to protect the musculoskeletal system from age-related decline, including osteoporosis.
Stick it to stress. There’s no avoiding stress but Marla Ahlgrimm asserts that the way a woman reacts to stressors can have a significant impact on her overall health. Stress can interfere with the body’s energy level, libido, and even lead to faster cell death. Essentially, stressing out makes people age quickly. Meditation, swimming, and controlled breathing can help.
Be adventurous. Marla Ahlgrimm explains that taking a few risk with age will lead to an overall greater appreciation of life. Traveling or taking a late-life college course are both great options.
Get social. A person’s social health – the connection they share with their friends and family – is also good for their physical health. Spending time with loved ones, whether related or not, can boost self-esteem while providing an outlet for stress. Women who work from home or who have chosen to leave the workforce to raise children should pay careful attention to their social calendar to ensure they are getting ample adult interaction.