ACTIVE AGING

Top 5 Ways to Stay Fit After 40

Is your body not as strong as it used to be? Find out how you can keep your health at its peak when you’re over 40.

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Are Your Best Days in The Past? Not Yet!

You’re playing tennis with your friends and you’re about to be on the winning team.

Just as you run to hit the ball, you feel the muscles in your right leg tighten.

You stop immediately and grab your leg. The pain is unbearable.

Concerned, your friends rush to you and help you sit down on the bench.

The pain slowly fades as you rub your leg and you start feeling a little better. But this isn’t the first time this happens. You finally realise you can no longer ignore what your body is trying to tell you.

Are your best days in the past

Take Control of Your Health

The pain in your muscles still lingers the next day, so you visit a pharmacy nearby and get something for your leg.

Looks like you’re going to visit the pharmacy more often now. You’re ageing and joining the ranks of the elderly. It’s time to slow down and take it easy.

But is it really over? No more tennis? Your most beloved sport is a thing of the past? It doesn’t have to be!

You can turn things around by changing your attitude and taking care of yourself, to ensure that your health stays at its peak.

Here are some tips to help you actively take control of your life and health:

1. Cope with change

Change is inevitable. We live nearly twice as long as those born a century ago.1 Living longer means experiencing more significant changes that come with old age.

  • Be open to change
  • Stay positive
  • Reach out for help
  • Keep learning new things

2. Find meaning

As we get older, we tend to reflect and wonder what we have achieved in our lives. Dissatisfaction with existing achievements may lead to depression. Being depressed directly affects health and can cause chronic fatigue, increase pains, and increase heart disease risk, among other things.2,3

  • Reignite your passions
  • Find new hobbies
  • Volunteer
  • Start checking things off your bucket list
  • Stop comparing yourself with others

3. Take care of your relationships

Having fulfilling relationships is beneficial at any age.4 Feeling lonely and isolated can affect your health and even increase the chances of earlier death.5

  • Be yourself
  • Keep in touch with your family and friends
  • Understand and listen to your friends and loved ones
  • Don’t take everything personally
  • Let go of negative relationships

4. Keep your muscles strong

Strong muscles are essential in everyday life. After 40, healthy adults can lose up to 8% of muscle every decade.6

  • Simply walk
  • Start strength training7
  • Take up aerobic exercise
  • Get enough sleep8
  • Drink Ensure® Gold™ to help improve your muscle strength in 8 weeks9,*10

5. Have proper nutrition

Eating properly is crucial to staying healthy.11 Improper diet may lead to serious illnesses such as diabetes and heart disease, and impact the quality of your life tremendously.12,13

  • Eat healthy fats
  • Drink plenty of water14
  • Consume fruits and vegetables15,16
  • Get some probiotics and fiber for your gut17,18
  • Eat enough protein19
  • Avoid processed junk food20
  • Minimise sugar intake21
Take control of your health

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Healthy and Strong After 40

You’ve been participating in tennis matches every weekend.

What’s next? Probably that championship you’ve been eyeing for months.

You feel unstoppable! The changes you’ve made in your life have been rewarding both mentally and physically.

You didn’t think you could continue playing your favorite sport any longer and now you’re glad to know you were wrong.

To help your muscles, not only did you start eating properly, but you included Ensure Gold into your diet to get your strength back.

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Healthy and strong after 40

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https://www.webmd.com/depression/how-depression-affects-your-body#1 .
4 https://www.inc.com/melanie-curtin/want-a-life-of-fulfillment-a-75-year-harvard-study-says-to-prioritize-this-one-t.html
https://www.webmd.com/healthy-aging/healthy-aging-secret#1
Flakoff P, et al. Nutrition. 2004;20:445-451
https://www.webmd.com/healthy-aging/guide/sarcopenia-with-aging#1
https://www.health.harvard.edu/exercise-and-fitness/5-tips-to-build-muscle-strength
Berton, et al. 2015. PLoS ONE 10(11):e01417757. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0141757
10  Cramer JT et al. J Am Med Dir Assoc. 2016 Nov 1;17(11):1044-1055
When taken twice daily and consumed along with light daily exercise
11 https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/27-health-and-nutrition-tips
12 https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0057873
13 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22412070
14 https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/7-health-benefits-of-water
15 https://academic.oup.com/advances/article/3/4/506/4591497
16 https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S000282230000420X
17 https://www.nature.com/articles/nrgastro.2014.66
18 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22555633
19 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18448177
20 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21999688
21 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23594708

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