Times are changing and turning 40 is not what it used to be. The 40-year olds of today are thousands of miles away from what Baby Boomers were when they turned 40. In the past, they had stable marriages, steady careers, and grown up children. However, the statement ‘Life begins at 40’ rings true today. There are lots of things to learn especially for men. Here are a few important things to know.
1. Exercise Is Essential
All men must understand the value of working out especially as they get older. Exercise is good for your physical and mental health. It promotes discipline and consistency as well. While you don’t need to run marathons every other weekend, it is important to set fitness goals and pursue them. Start with simple workouts and progress gradually.
Experts advise that you find a way to fall in love with the process while detaching from the result. A lot of hard work goes into physical activity and it exercises the mind as well. Every time you are going through hard times, your resilience at the gym can be a reference point. Endorphins naturally relieve stress and may be great for alleviating the symptoms of stress and depression.
2. Vasectomy May be the Answer
Even though the thought of getting a vasectomy isn’t thrilling to most men, it may be the answer when you don’t want to have more/any children. In most heterosexual relationships, the responsibility of family planning is left to women, and tubal ligation is one of the most common procedures for heterosexual couples that don’t want kids anymore. During the process, an incision is made on your abdominal wall. A doctor locates the fallopian tubes and closes them with a band, ring, or clip. In some instances, the tubes may be cut. Even though this procedure works, it is more complex than a vasectomy.
Consider taking control of your family by getting a vasectomy. It is a low-risk procedure that bears no sexual health risks. The recovery time is very fast and it is highly effective in preventing pregnancies.
3. Diet Matters
Observing your diet may not be the most interesting thing but it is important. By the time you are 40, you must have your diet in order. The proper diet promotes physical health and mental alertness. It improves your energy levels and immunity.
Even though healthy eating is important all through your life, it is even more necessary as you approach midlife. Eating the right foods may protect your general outlook as well. Fortunately, it is not all about sacrifices and dieting. It is about finding fresh, wholesome, and healthy ingredients to make delicious meals. Ditch the processed foods and settle for healthier options. A good diet may lower your risk of cancer, bone loss, type 2 diabetes, and high blood pressure.
4. High Quality Sleep
Getting enough sleep every night is good for your health. The average adult needs seven to eight hours of high quality sleep every night. If you had unhealthy sleeping habits when younger, consider changing them as you approach 40. Create a consistent sleep pattern and ensure that you are well-rested before starting your day.
If you struggle sleeping well, consider seeking the help of a doctor. Let them know if you feel tired even after sleeping seven hours. The benefits of getting enough sleep include:
- Getting sick less often
- Clear thinking which may improve your performance at work or school
- Maintaining a healthy weight
- Improved alertness
- Reducing your risk of serious health issues like heart disease and diabetes
5. Stop Complaining and Be Grateful
Practice gratitude and avoid complaining. It preserves your daily energy making it easy to focus on the things that matter. If you waste a lot of time complaining about your situation, you may miss opportunities to make it better.
Whether you are unhappy with your relationship, work, or home, stop complaining and express gratitude for the things you are happy about. Let go of your entitlement and do what you can to improve your life.
If you keep complaining out loud, those around you will soon get sick and tired of it. You will become the guy that no one wants to hang around. Doing something about your problem makes more sense than sitting around and mopping.
6. Consider Journaling
Many men do not think of journaling as an important thing to do especially as they get older. However, history is littered with great men who enjoyed journaling. They include Winston Churchill, Ernest Hemmingway, Benjamin Franklin, and Bruce Lee. They aren’t any different from you. Writing your feelings down is a great idea if you have trouble opening up. Experts suggest that it may be one of the best ways to express emotion, especially after traumatic experiences. If you are struggling with a choice, writing a journal may help bring you to your senses. It gives you perspective and makes it easy to look back at the past.
7. See a Therapist
Ensure that you see a therapist by the time you turn 40. The definition of masculinity is evolving and it is pointless to keep your feelings bottled up. Whether you are dealing with emotional distress or simply trying to process your feelings, you will benefit from a meeting with your therapist. The cost of therapy has dropped over the years and it is much more affordable than a mental meltdown.
Develop the habit of reading and pass it down to your future generations. The benefits of reading are endless, no matter what you pick. From magazine articles to informative tweets and books, you can never run out of things to read. Reading regularly promotes mental stimulation, expansion of knowledge, memory improvement and stress relief.
Turning 40 is a big deal and there are plenty of things to know before then. The most important things for any man to know include the benefit of reading, journaling, getting a vasectomy, diet, exercise, and high quality sleep. Leading a healthy lifestyle becomes more important as you get older. While you may be able to get away with a poor diet, failure to exercise or poor sleep patterns when you are younger, things get more serious as you get older. Take control of your life to avoid major problems as you age.