Life we all say begins at 40 but unfortunately, most of us never get the chance to live up to this very lovely point in our lives. Whereas others fall prey to all kinds of sicknesses and diseases, others completely fade out of the surface of earth - they die. One thing we seriously need to consider is that in as much as the yearn to hit 40 keeps us going, we are bound never to reach that lovely age bracket and beyond should we continue making serious health mistakes during these times in our lives.
It's simple, just get back to the classroom with me as we go through five habits we truly need to put an end to before hitting the 40-year mark!
1. The crazy addiction to mobile phones, TV and other tech gadgets.
As weird and strange as it may sound, getting too much attached to your digital devices takes you far away from reaching the expected new age of 40! Why? because research conducted by a 2011 Harvard review shows the shocking revelation that prolonged television, mobile phone viewing increases by about 82 percent the chances of contracting type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
In fact the emitted rays by tablets, cell phone, e-readers and other devices—disrupts the body's natural circadian rhythms, making it harder to get a good night's rest.
Tip: Take a 10-minute standing break every hour that you're using your screens.
2. Not Taking Sleep Seriously
Just like your cell phone, your body and brain need time to reboot and recharge. Adults 18 to 64 require about 7 to 9 hours of sleep a night. Skipping a good night sleep just in the name of work poses a deadly threat to your health, including raising your risk of hypertension, stroke, and obesity. It may also be a factor in depression, and there's evidence that being sleep deprived promotes biological aging, making you look older than you are.
Tip: Create a relaxing bedtime ritual—no cell phones in bed, please—with these 7 tips for your best sleep ever.
3. Ignoring health warning signs
A wincing pain? A peculiar discharge? When your body offers clues that something's gone wrong, pay attention. Identifying health problems as early as possible often makes them more treatable.
Tip: Prepare a list of questions and concerns to share with your doctor before your visit.
4. Being dehydrated all the time
Water nourishes every cell and organ in your body, including your skin. It's even more important to stay properly hydrated as you age because older adults may lose some of their sense of thirst. Indulging in a morning cup of joe or afternoon soda-pop counts toward your daily water intake, but straight-up water is better because it's caffeine- and sugar-free.
Tip: If you pee is dark yellow, it may be a sign that you need to boost your H2O intake. (It should be clear or light yellow).
5. Eating too much processed food
Grabbing a bag of chips before hitting the gym is not the optimal way to fuel your body. Over time, all that sugar, fat, and sodium—the secret to making processed foods tasty—can do a number on your waistline and your health. Replacing a diet packed with microwave meals, snacks, and processed meats with whole grains, fresh produce, and lean meats is the way to go.