Mark this mother’s day as a perfect time for taking stock of your mother’s health. Age 40 is a milestone when the risk of many health conditions increases. Mothers have a lot to take care of every day- demanding job, managing home, aging parents, growing children or all of the above; it’s easy to put health aside. However, it’s time to take care of her wellbeing, and to plan for the long-run.
Help her chart out a plan and follow these Simple steps for better health:
Eat breakfast daily
Eating breakfast is essential to keeping the weight down and calorie-burning metabolism up. The healthy-breakfast eaters have continued losing weight over time even though they ate more total calories, while the low-carb group started regaining weight after 4 months.
Kick start Metabolism
Strength-training for 6 months can increase your resting metabolism, so you’ll burn more calories even when you’re sitting on the sofa. Strength-training also helps you shore up bone, maintain balance, and avoid injury—important for protecting your skeleton both now and when you’re older. Aim to exercise at least 30 minutes most days of the week.
Boost calcium and Vitamin D
Both are essential for strong bones, but many experts feel current benchmarks are too low. Women in their 40s get 1,000 mg of calcium and 400 to 800 IU of vitamin D every day from foods like fortified milk or salmon, along with supplements if needed.
Make her practice Stress Control
A healthy, calm heart beats faster when you breathe in, slower when you breathe out. But stress inhibits this natural “heart rate variability,” triggering unhealthy changes body wide, including increased blood pressure, less energy to the brain, lower libido, and faster cell death. Make her join yoga class.
Pump up her diet with protein
Getting foods with all the amino acids needed to form complete proteins at least twice a day boosts levels of mood-lifting neurotransmitters in the brain, which can help relieve symptoms of depression, like slow thinking and poor memory. Some of the sources are beans , eggs , nuts , cauliflower , broccoli , spinach.
Involve her in your adventures
Relaxing with family reduces stress, boosts self-esteem, and even makes you more loving toward your partner and kids. Women are terrific at connecting socially but often let it fall by the wayside in their 40s because of career and family demands.