YOUR 40s

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EX­ER­CISE All that mus­cle mass you proudly built up dur­ing your twen­ties? Yep, you’re now los­ing it – at a rate of up to 8% each decade af­ter you hit 40.* But that’s not a rea­son to give up. Strength train­ing helps you to hold onto the lean tis­sue you have.“Fewer reps with higher loads helps guard against os­teo­poro­sis,” says Wor­thing­ton. “Try weights twice a week, a brisk walk twice a week and soft tis­sue work (foam rolling, yoga, Pi­lates) ev­ery day.”

DIET The en­ergy you burn do­ing, well, noth­ing, de­creases by 7% ev­ery decade af­ter 30, so try switch­ing up some of those re­fined carbs for lower GI op­tions – foods rich in sol­u­ble fi­bre, which helps to lower bad choles­terol. Women un­der 50 need 25g of fi­bre a day to help with every­thing from di­ges­tion to heart health – 28g of flaxseed has 8g of fi­bre and can be added to smooth­ies, stews and sal­ads. And while it’s a bit early to men­tion the ‘m’ word *qui­etly whis­pers menopause*, some women can ex­pe­ri­ence symp­toms soon af­ter the big 4-0. Be­fore your pe­riod, cut out caf­feine and al­co­hol to lessen the ef­fects.


Health check This lit­tle-known GP test is free for those aged 40 to 74. It takes 30 min­utes and you’ll get a full MOT; blood pres­sure, choles­terol and BMI are all checked. If you’re not of­fered it, de­mand it.

Eye exam Af­ter 40, this is cru­cial, as prob­lems like glau­coma, cataracts and mac­u­lar de­gen­er­a­tion can rear their ugly heads.

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