As women, we are always searching for ways to look and feel our best. With age comes a whirlwind of life changes, especially when you hit that 40-year-old mark. It’s funny to think there was a time I refused to believe that I would be battling achy joints, flabby triceps, and excessive facial hair growth–ugh! Determined to remain fabulous after 40, I began to implement a few simple strategies which so far, appear to be working.
A while ago during a routine doctor appointment, I was told that the annoying pain I was experiencing in my back was the onset of arthritis. I began to chuckle at the thought of having to apply Tiger Balm every night before bed. I had witnessed my grandmother having to do this when I was younger. My doctor prescribed a bottle of Naproxen and sent me on my merry way. The bottle is still full. Why? Because I found that regular exercise helps better.
While getting older doesn’t bother me by any means, I do want to age gracefully. So, this means cutting out bad habits and adapting some good ones. Here’s what’s been helping:
1. Applying Serums
Within the past year, I’ve begun to use serums (I use two) religiously, and I thoroughly believe they have helped my skin in a significant way. In previous years, I’ve always heard about the importance of using serums, but I didn’t start looking into investing in one until I understood how they worked. Now, applying them has become a pertinent part of my skin-care regimen. Some women use them for wrinkles, but to be frank, those aren’t a major concern for me. One of the serums I use is for lightening the battle scars that are left after my little monthly hormone attacks. Serums can be expensive, but honestly, I use very little at a time so they last me quite a long time.
2. Drinking Water
I’d be fibbing if I said that drinking water wasn’t a daily struggle. However, I’ve found ways to get it in, and I’m much better for it. I won’t go over the many benefits of consuming water, but I will say the three ways I benefit the most are regularity, clearer skin, and improved mood. My current goal is to drink half of my body weight in ounces every day.
Admittedly, lately I’ve been slacking a bit in this area, and I despise going to the gym. In fact, I haven’t been to one in over a year. My preference is to get my workouts done at home. Since I’m a little softer and jigglier that I used to be, I’ve decided to ramp up my exercise routine. It’s in my living room where I plank, squat, crunch, and lunge. Occasionally, I’ll move my body to a good workout video. Now, I’m not trying to become an award-winning bodybuilder, but I would like to be a little more firm, increase my metabolism, and relieve joint pain. Therefore, more exercise it is!
4. Getting Rest
Going, going, going without slowing down is a surefire way to not only age poorly, but can also add a ton of stress. When we don’t allow our bodies and minds to get proper rest, it shows. I often make time to turn everything and everyone off, and I don’t feel guilty about it either. Resting is the single most effective way to renew and rejuvenate your whole being. You’ll look and feel better.
5. Eating Greens
I don’t know about you, but I love most vegetables. I can eat salad for breakfast, lunch, and dinner; sometimes I do. When grocery shopping, I often pick up a few super greens such as spinach, romaine lettuce, and parsley. Also, whenever the mood strikes, I love to whip up green smoothies! Don’t skip your veggies if you want your skin to glow and your hair to grow.
You may be wondering why I didn’t address my facial hair dilemma. Well currently, I’m just using my dandy hot-pink tweezers. One day, I may decide to look into something a bit more permanent, but for now, this is working just fine.
That’s it! Super simple, right? Try these tips if you are looking to keep your fabulousness while living on the better side of 40.
All the best, always.