It's been said that 40 is the new 30! Celebrate these years, but don't think for a minute that your maturing body is operating the same way it did a decade ago! Perhaps you're settled into a lifestyle that includes a family or a career, and care-giving could extend to elder family members or grandchildren.
It is at this time that your body begins to talk to you and people begin to feel the cumulative effects of their past lifestyle.
The aim should be to stop the dreaded middle-aged spread and get into good exercise habits. During your 40's your body is exposed to a clustering of health concerns, which will only be exacerbated by weight gain. Your waist measurement is one of the strongest indicators of the risk you face from the onset of high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
Whittle off that spare tire by doing a combination of cardiovascular and strength-training exercises for 30 minutes, five days a week. If you have joint problems, avoid high-impact exercises that could cause damage. It is also a good age to start incorporating a stress-reducing activity with weight-bearing benefits such as yoga or Pilates, into your weekly routine.