Turning 40 is not a joke. You are officially not a spring chicken anymore, and there is something different about telling someone that you’re actually 40. If you’re lucky, the other person will comment on how young you look and they will react with disbelief, and you should definitely enjoy it!
However, what you should always remember is that you’re not necessarily heading towards a mid-life crisis. You might actually be heading towards the best years of your life, even when you might experience some physical and emotional phenomenon that occurs when you turn 40. So, these are some changes that happen around the age of 40.
It may be harder for you to lose weight
Long ago are the days when you could just cut out soda and sugar for two weeks and drop ten pounds. Once you turn 40, that will no longer be the case, and numerous doctors say that women, on average, gain as many as 15 pounds between 40 and 55. It’s the case because of the decrease in metabolism, and it goes along with muscle lose. Your resting metabolism drops when you are in your 40s, and it results in your body burning fewer calories.
However, there are many things you can do to minimize this effect. First, and most important, is to exercise regularly. Also, you should eat plenty of protein and healthy foods, and you will ward off the weight gain.
Your menstrual cycle will (probably) change
It’s highly unlikely for you to enter menopause at the age of 40, but you might experience some changes to your menstrual cycle around the age of 40. It’s called perimenopause, and it’s how the body transitions into menopause.
Your chance of breast cancer increases
The American Cancer Society recommends you to get a baseline mammogram at the age of 40, and there’s a reason for it. The chances for breast cancer at the age from 40 to 49 are 1 in 69, so it’s important to do the check-up and listen to the experts. However, if you do regular check-ups and mammograms, it will most definitely improve your chances.
Your bone density might drop
Even though your bone density remains constant until you turn 35, you lose about 1% of bone density every year after that. So, you might start to notice by the time you’re 40, and you can do some things to combat this loss and keep your bones healthy. Magnesium, vitamin D, and calcium will sure help, but still, the most important thing you can do is regular exercise.
Your vision might change
Your vision might start to change around the age of 40, and most people have trouble seeing close up (like when reading). Dry eyes might become a problem, and colors may look differ So, it’s very important to get regular eye-exams and monitor your eye health.
You will get prettier!
Well, you’ve earned those laugh lines around your eyes, after all. And they make you look absolutely beautiful! Also, confidence makes you more attractive, right? Women in their 40s are more confident and depend less on other people, and they know exactly what they want and how to get it!