In today’s time, we hear many new and scary diseases, most of which are related to our lifestyle. Let’s see what we can tweak in our lifestyle before we hit 40 years of age:
- Reducing screen time
In the digital era where the whole world is present in your hands in your cell phone device and internet, the digital devices make you sick. A study done at Harvard links the prolonged screen time (TV or mobile screen) to type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.
Not only this, but the increased screen time also leads to obesity, affect your sight, and other sedentary related illness. Using mobile phones and internet at night affects your peaceful sleep.
It has also been studied that the blue-tooth and wireless rays used by electronic gadgets disrupt the body’s natural circadian rhythms and affecting the night’s sleep.
Because of our screen time, children are also getting exposed to prolonged screen time and promoting a sedentary lifestyle that is not good at such an early age.
What to do: Reduce your screen time, avoid long periods of a screen watching and take smaller breaks (even if it is your work), go out, walk, exercise, meet people, play or get involved in any of the physical activity – a must change in today’s lifestyle.
- Nocturnal Routine
Late night’s is becoming the sort of a norm in today’s hectic lives. Whatever the reason is, be it long working shifts, partying, getting free from other chores at late night or even studying late night in students etc.
Like the gadgets, our brains & bodies also need to rest and reboot, which happens through good night’s sleep. There is a reason that our body is set to the biological clock; it automatically starts feeling sleepy and tired with night and likewise fresh and active with sunrise.
People from 18-65 years of age require about 7-8 hours of night sleep. Skipping or reducing that not only tires your body but increases the risks to hypertension, stress, obesity and even stroke.
There is also evidence which connects sleep deprivation to biological ageing and makes you look older than what you are.
What to do: Create a bedtime ritual, a hard stop of all activities at a specified time and turn to your bedroom to relax. Switch off your phone for the night or at least keep them away from your reach and have a deep, calm and refreshing sleep.
- Floss your teeth
Flossing daily helps in clearing the sticky and germy plaque that builds up on teeth and under the gum line. Gum diseases generally appear in the age of 30s or 40s.
Hence, a daily flossing regime helps you maintain your smile, laugh confidently, and free from diseases.
- Skipping Meals
One of the most common myths for weight loss we hear is to reduce your food intake, skip meals and go on a crash diet to lose weight.
Especially with working people, skipping a meal during the daytime is quite normal. But does it help, or it leads to hunger craving and eating junk food or snacks later. Rather than helping in weight reduction, skipping or delaying meals affects your metabolism and often leads to unwanted eating habits, setting you up for type 2 diabetes and obesity.
What to do: Breakfast is considered the most important meal of the day. Kick start with a complete breakfast, full of proteins and carbohydrates.
Even if you have a sedentary routine and feel heavy with a one-noon meal, divide your meal into two to three smaller meals and fill them with fibre, fruits and liquids. This will keep your metabolism fast and keep you active and energised.
- Ignoring health warning signs
Do you experience wincing pain in any part of the body? Or you feel tired or weak? Or suddenly losing or gaining weight?
Our body has a great natural mechanism to treat itself and an alarm system that tells you when something is going wrong. Often we ignore these warning signs and do not take preventive measures to cure it. Be aware of your body and how it feels.
Do not merely avoid any development or change you may feel related to your body. Be aware and even keep a record of whatever you are feeling and share them with your doctor during regular visits or checkups.
- Retuning your taste buds
With increased awareness and advertisements, junk and packaged food has slipped their way into our lifestyle and has hampered our nutrition intake.
Sweet and fizz drinks, sugary beverages, fried and spicy packaged foods, and variety of junk foods create a deficit of the vital nutrients our body requires and leads to various diseases such as obesity, heart ailments, indigestion and other digestion related problems and even stress.
What to do:
- Reduce junk and packaged food from your diet.
- Turn to natural and organic foods, vegetables, meat and lentils and a lot of fruits.
- Try to stick to home-cooked food as much as possible.
- Remove sugary beverages from your diet forever.
As we age and move past the milestone of 30 years, we are prone to unwanted lifestyle changes. Not only physical but also mental, which adds on the pressure & stress.
Apart from the changes we have discussed above, we face physical, emotional, mental and financial challenges.
While many can be carried away by doing small changes in our lifestyle as we discussed, there is one that is financial crises especially at this stage of life when we are in the late thirties, closing to 40.
For such tensions, we can benefit from text loans which are quickly provided just with the help of a text by many non – banking financial institutions. Progressing in age is not about the increasing number, but the different experience phases of life. With some changes, we can improve and make the journey of life better and enjoyable, what’s the harm.