8 things all 40-plus women should do to stay healthy

Apart from the odd grey hair as you hurtle towards the big 40 there’s little obvious sign that you are getting older. You may feel fabulous but there are subtle changes going on in the body that will impact on the next decade. So here’s our guide to what every women should do to ensure she remains happy and healthy throughout her forties.

1. Eat breakfast

Your metabolism slows down 2% each decade so eating breakfast every day is essential. Why? Eating at the start of the day works together with your metabolism which is at its peak in the morning and fuels activity

Studies have shown that women who eat breakfast lose more weight and sustain their loss more effectively than those on a low-carb diet who make breakfast their smallest meal and who have a tendency to put the weight back on after just four months.

2. Exercise!

Just 30 minutes a day gives your metabolism the jump start it needs. You don’t need to join a gym: simple squats for the thighs and stomach crunches will help shore up your bones, maintain balance and crucially avoid injury, which becomes more important as you get older.

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