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Eating and Exercise Tips for Your 40s (Infographic)

By JESS BARRON (with infographic research by JULIE SHEER)

Some say “40 is the new 30,” but the truth is that your 40s are a time of transition to middle age, with subtle changes in vision and brain function and increasingly slow metabolism. Exercise and a healthy, balanced diet have never been more important. As you age your metabolism slows, and balance and portion control become far more important aspects of your diet. An extra 100 calories a day can lead to 10 extra pounds per year if the difference isn’t made up through additional exercise.

In your 40s, you’ll likely begin to notice changes in your hearing, eyesight, bones, skin and weight. Following the eating and exercise recommendations on the infographic below can help keep you as healthy as possible as you transition toward middle age.

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40s

Readers – Are you in your forties? Do you agree with these eating and exercise tips?  Are there other questions you have for us? Leave a comment below and let us know.

–Jess

Jess Barron is Editor-in-Chief of LIVESTRONG.COM. Read some of her other health and fitness articles here. A longtime foodie and fan of Farmer's Market food, Jess particularly loves heirloom tomatoes, fresh figs with burrata cheese, and anything with pumpkin or peanut butter in it! Her love for food fuels her desire to exercise daily. In the summer of 2012 Jess lost 20 pounds in a test group for a new fitness program. Some of her favorite workout routines include walking, running, yoga, P90X, INSANITY, and mixed martial arts. Jess's writing can also be found at Poprocks.com. She has appeared on MSNBC's "The Most," ABC News Now, and XM satellite radio and her writing has appeared on Wired.com and Yahoo!

Follow Jess on Twitter @jessdandy. Also, you can add her on Google+ and follow her on Pinterest.

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