Jamaica Gleaner
Published: Saturday | February 2, 2013
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Let's Talk Life - Keeping healthy at 40
Dear Counsellor,

I am 40 years old and overweight. I am interested in a healthy lifestyle programme.

- Marcia

Dear Marcia,

It is good that you are interested in a healthy lifestyle programme. It is essential for longevity and freedom from illnesses. The basis of the programme is exercise, healthy nutrition, and getting an annual check-up.

There are many exercise programmes, but it can be quite simple. Walking for half an hour every day can be beneficial. You may lose some weight, firm up the muscles in your body, and improve the circulation in the body, which makes for a healthy heart.

It is advantageous to have a walking partner to provide encouragement and help with consistency. Exercise will help you to concentrate better and also to manage stress. Exercising can make you feel energised.

Your nutritional assessment needs to be done by a dietician. Your daily caloric intake can be measured and a nutritional programme implemented. The nutritional programme can be made easy by making a list of the foods you will consume each day and adding fruits and vegetables to each meal.

Drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration. It is recommended that you have breakfast in the morning and eat fish and take Omega oil. Nutritional supplements are helpful also. Sleep is important, and you should get adequate rest on a daily basis. Many people are sleep deprived, and this affects their functioning at work and while driving.

Hobbies are entertaining and fulfilling. It is good to have hobbies to enrich your life. Volunteering is worthwhile and can increase your social support. Doing activities that improve how you relate to people will go a long way towards improving your mental health.

Email questions and feedback for Dr Yvonnie Bailey-Davidson to yvonniebd@hotmail.com or call 978-8602.

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