No one wants to hear a laundry list of things they shouldn’t be doing once they reach a certain age. And, to be fair, 40 isn’t even very old. However, once you hit 40, it may be time to buckle down and take control of your health. If you have been blessed with 40 good years, you are probably looking forward to at least 40 more. 40 is young enough to be active, enjoy life, and pursue new adventures. Taking care of your body now helps ensure it will continue to be strong and healthy into the future.
14. Being a Couch Potato
Spending long weekends shut indoors cocooned on your couch eating junk food and binging on television or video games may have been fine in the past. However, now that you are 40, it is crucial that you get up off that couch and get outside for fresh air, exercise, and interaction with others. Studies suggest that a sedentary lifestyle increases the risk of death for middle-aged and elderly adults. So get up off your couch and pursue a new hobby, get out for a walk, or make plans with friends.
13. Staying Up Late at Night
Pulling all-nighters may have been a regular occurrence in your youth. However, depriving your brain of an adequate amount of sleep can have disastrous effects on your memory and cognition. If you are concerned about staying sharp and preserving your mental functioning, be sure to provide your brain with seven to nine hours of sleep each night. Leave the late-night partying or work sessions to the younger set and treat your body and brain to the restorative effects of a proper night’s sleep.