Most people know, in theory, what it takes to stay healthy and live a long, happy life – no smoking, better diet, working out on regular basis, and, of course, getting enough restful sleep. While these are generally the basics of longevity, the reality is a little more complex.
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The sad truth is that “age is just a number” when you adjust your lifestyle properly to it. No matter how healthy you are, eating cookies and pasta every day without exercising will have an effect on your body. After all, aging also means decreased energy needs.
Adjusting to new routines such as consuming fewer calories because the metabolism is slowly declining and lifting weights to build muscle because we lose muscle mass as we get older, are facts of life.
Making the mistake of ignoring the fact that your body is aging can lead to weight gain, heart problems and chronic illnesses.
A lot of hormonal changes are happening. Any imbalance can have a bad effect. The body is also a lot more resilient when you’re approaching 40 – it has been mistreated for too long with refined sugar, processed foods and other bad things, so it takes longer to get better.
Before you know it, a routine checkup finds your blood pressure to be too high and you’re pre-diabetic and you wish you knew when all this happened so you can start afresh.
Health and lifestyle errors can sneak up on you.