12. Eating Out
Dining out provides a welcome break from meal planning, preparation, and cleanup. However, preparing nutritious meals at home will keep you healthier than dining out on a regular basis. You are likely well aware of the ill effects fast food have on your health. However, fast food restaurants aren’t the only venues that prepare foods high in fat, sugar, and sodium. Furthermore, studies suggest that individuals are more likely to overeat when dining out. From the breadbasket offered at the beginning of a meal to the dessert tray at the end, dining out offers many temptations to overindulge.
11. Certain Sports
Physical exercise is crucial for maintaining heart health, strong bones, and robust muscles. However, once you pass the age of 40, you may want to avoid engaging in contact sports. According to the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, the sports that result in the highest number of head injuries each year include football, baseball, basketball, and softball. Cycling is another sport that sends a large number of Americans to the emergency room with head injuries each year. If you do engage in cycling, protect your brain with an approved helmet.
10. Avoiding Exercise
Some sports can increase your chances of breaking a bone or suffering a traumatic brain injury. However, this does not mean you should avoid exercising altogether. At any age, it is important to include daily physical exercise in your routine to keep your heart healthy, strengthen your bones, and prevent obesity. After the age of 40, exercise becomes an even more crucial component of good health. Make time to engage in both cardio exercises to get your heart rate up and muscle-building strength and conditioning exercises.