Blowing out the candles on the cake at your 40th birthday party is a time for some introspection, and at least some of this introspection should be about your health. As you age, it can be tougher to keep slim and fit, thanks to slower metabolism and a busy life. But with the right approach to exercise and diet, it's possible to make your 40s your healthiest decade yet.
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Regular exercise plays an integral role in helping you stay fit as you age. To avoid packing on the pounds in your 40s, strive to be active several days per week. Get at least 2.5 hours of medium-intensity cardio exercise to burn calories through such activities as swimming, jogging, dancing and riding your bike. Perform two to three strength-training workouts to keep your body strong and fit. Even if you're short on time, home-based body-weight exercises are suitable. These exercises can also elevate your mood, which is ideal if your job is stressful.
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It's often difficult to stay in shape unless you take an active role in your diet. Don't feel pressured to adopt a formal diet. Instead, make smart, sustainable changes to the food and drinks you consume. Cut down on fried foods, consume desserts only on occasion, avoid soda and drink alcohol in moderation. Avoid buying snack foods that can interfere with your fitness efforts, snack on fruits and vegetables and consume water frequently throughout the day.