Top 5 Lifestyle Mistakes That Middle Aged Women Make

How to Make Middle Age The Best Years of Your Life!

Middle age isn’t exactly the barrel of monkeys that our 20’s were but many middle-aged women report that the 4th decade beats the 2nd one out by a landslide once you settle into it.

If you’re having trouble getting comfortable in your own aging skin, you may be making some of the same mistakes that other women do, so listen up and get ready to make some minor modifications that will have a major effect on your health and well-being

Eating Garbage

If you’re still living on pizza and donuts, you might want to stop like NOW unless you want to look like an 80-year old, overweight sea hag. Collagen is the fiber that holds your tissues together so that your face stays young-looking and firm. Glycation, the process used to break down sugars, damages collagen.

To minimize the damage that glyacation can do to your face, lay off the “everything” bagels and choose something whole grain instead. It’s naturally low in sugar and your body processes it slower so that your face and the rest of your skin isn’t taking such a beating.

Even better, opt for a bowl of strawberries or a salad along with some green tea. They actually stimulate collagen production and the antioxidants help fight other signs of aging as well as numerous diseases. Plus, the final benefit is that fruits, grains, and green tea can help you fight middle-aged spread!

Skipping Weight Training

For most of our adult lives, the need for cardiovascular exercise has been pounded into our heads. Unfortunately, many of us don’t do much weight training because we’ve been able to maintain decent muscle tone just from daily living.

Those days are now gone. Strength training is an excellent way to prevent osteoporosis, bone loss, muscle loss, and sagging skin. Make sure that you’re doing some moderate lifting at least 3 times per week.

Continuing Bad Habits

If you’re still smoking a pack a day and drinking like a fish, those two habits are going to catch up to you. They both dehydrate your skin which is a leading cause of wrinkles. Smoking also causes lip wrinkles and turns your teeth yellow, not to mention the fact that it kills you.

That’s not to say that a glass of wine or a beer is bad for you; as a matter of fact, research actually suggests that a drink or two daily is good for you. That’s one or 2 cocktails though – not an entire bottle! If you’ve quit and would like to get your teeth white again, try the Crest 3D Advanced Vivid Teeth Whitening Strips.

Not Sleeping Enough

You can’t continue to work your fingers to the bone without taking time to relax and get some sleep. When you’re snoozing, your body is healing and repairing itself so if you’re skipping your zzz’s, you’re going to start looking like it.

Though middle aged women need less sleep as we age, we need it more so that our bodies can take care of business. Otherwise, your health, your looks, and your cognitive abilities are going to suffer. You’ll feel run down and your immune system won’t be up to snuff so you’ll be more likely to get ill. Even 20-minute naps can be beneficial, so try to squeeze in the time.

If you’re having trouble sleeping, try having a glass of wine, warm milk, or hot decaffeinated tea before bed time. If all else fails, valerian root is a natural sleep aid and you can get it here.

Burning the Candle at Both Ends

This goes along with skipping sleep but the effects of stress on an aging body simply can’t be overstated. When you’re wound too tight and going at full tilt constantly, you’re inviting disease and wrinkles.

Also, if you’re still living life in the fast lane, you’re probably not taking the time to eat healthy foods, or exercise regularly, either. Slow down and smell the roses before you kill yourself. If you absolutely can’t slow down, try incorporating yoga into your life. It only takes a few minutes per day but it’s great for your body and your mind. I like the Yoga for Beginners DVD Series because I can do it at home when I get a chance.

Final Word

Life as a middle aged woman is hard enough when you’re doing everything that you can to help your aging body keep up. If you’re still living life like a partying, workaholic 29 year old, you’re going to start feeling and looking bad sooner rather than later.

The good news is that you’ve made it this far. They call it “middle age” for a reason – you still have half of your life ahead of you. The question is, do you want to live it happily and healthily, or would you rather be sickly and miserable, or perhaps skip it altogether? That decision is up to you, but take it seriously. It’s your life that you’re talking about!

If you’d like to add anything, we’d love to hear from you in the comments section below.

2 Responses to “Top 5 Lifestyle Mistakes That Middle Aged Women Make”
  1. Wendi says:

    my name is Wendi when I turned 40 I was very healthy and active. I was doing mixed martial arts 7 days a week ans teaching self defense class to abused teens 4 days a week.
    At 42 I injured my back at work. 10 years and 5 back surgeries later and still in pain 24/7 and barely walking.
    No one ever writes about how the wounded can stay fit. I can’t get on the floor and exercise. All the work out machines are out of the question. One because of cost & two they cause more pain.
    Plus how do you manage extremely low budget healthy eating? Healthy eating costs more than junk food. No one ever addresses these kind of issues, not even AARP. I keep looking for a “How to” for the mostly can’t,but in 10 years no such luck.
    Since my injury I’ve acquired high BP, high cholesterol, and diabetes,not a family trait no one has it but me. Oh ya with going from my high level of activity to nearly zero, my weight has increased an OMG 75 lbs. I hate it and desperately want to change it.
    I tried pool exercise and three weeks into it I ended up with a massive abdominal hernia and had to have another freaking surgery.
    I miss being healthy. I’m sure I’m not the only woman/or man in this situation. There are probably a lot of people in similar situations. Where do we go for advice? Medical Doctors aren’t the answer, money is always a big negative factor for people like me. It’s pay the rent or pay for the MD. Homeless & broken just isn’t an option.
    Do you have any advice on being healthy for us?

    • Theresa says:

      Hi Wendi,

      You’ve pointed out a glaring hole in information availability and I’ll gladly fill it for you. Keep an eye out over the next few days and I’ll post some research on both healthy eating on a budget, and ways to stay healthy when you have physical issues. Are you ambulatory?

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