Unfortunately, our bodies change a lot when we hit the middle-age range. Our metabolism slows down, hormones change, and muscle mass and density become different. But based on research, there are some things we do that make these changes even more drastic. If we manage to avoid these habits, it may be possible to postpone or slow down these unpleasant effects of becoming middle-aged.

At Bright Side, we’ve selected a few of these bad habits and want to share them with you. Be sure to read our inspiring bonus tip at the end of the article!

1. Dining out

Although dining out can be really fun, going out too often isn’t a good idea. You’ve probably realized that once you became middle-aged, you started going out more often than before. The kids have grown up and you’re able to have more time for yourself. Plus, you’re more comfortable financially and eating out is simply convenient. But if you think about it, you most likely eat way more when you’re out than you do at home.

2. Not drinking enough water

Water is essential for your well-being. Sometimes when our bodies get dehydrated, we feel like having a snack while in reality, all we need is more water. Try to drink a glass of water before a meal or a snack and you may find that you start eating less. Remember that soda drinks are not a replacement for water.

3. Drinking too much wine

It’s always nice to have some wine with dinner. Keep in mind that wine is very high in calories and has a lot of sugar. When you add wine to your meal, you tend to eat more. The key word here is “moderation”.

Instead of having a glass of wine for dinner every day, have it occasionally. Decreasing the glass size is another great solution.

4. Eating the wrong “healthy” snacks

Let’s admit that we all like having snacks. But be careful about what you eat, especially if you are a night-snacker. Keep in mind that many snacks that claim to be “healthy” are full of sugar and extremely high in calories. Healthy snacks should consist of protein, fiber, and be low in sugar.

5. Not eating enough fiber

A recent study proved that fiber is essential for good health. It’s a natural appetite suppressant and unlike carbs, fat or protein, fiber doesn’t get digested by the body – it just passes through the system. Main sources of fiber are veggies, fruits, and whole grains – one of which is buckwheat. Buckwheat is gluten-free, has a very low GI and is full of different minerals and vitamins.

6. Avoiding exercise

No matter if you’ve always been an active person or fitness has never been your favorite thing to do, being active is highly important when you become middle-aged. To prevent losing muscle mass, you have to combine cardio and strength exercises, including a good abdominal workout. Remember, if you are a newbie at the gym, it might be a good idea to start working with a personal trainer until you’re more comfortable with the exercises.

Bonus: general well-being

Age is one of those things that nobody can avoid, so all we can do is learn how to get the most of what we have! Be happy, stay healthy and enjoy every day. No one can fool nature but by following our advice you can make the most of your life at this age.

Do you have your own tips on how to trick your body’s clock? Share them with all of us in the comments.