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How to Stay Fit in Your 40s

How to Stay Fit in Your 40s


Essentially, the same nutritional tips for staying in shape and optimizing muscle definition apply in your 40s as they do in your 20s and 30s. Here are Stokes’s golden rules:

“1. Avoid sugars and quick-fix starches: When you are experiencing hormonal shifts, it’s easy to go for these energy grabs. Remind yourself what this craving is, and don’t give in.

“2. Pack smart snacks: The smart snacks I would suggest are nuts (in moderation), veggies (cucumber, celery, broccoli, hardboiled eggs—I love to create my version of a healthy deviled egg by adding a dab of hummus to a hardboiled egg white), apple slices with a bit of almond butter, and, when truly on the go, a low-sugar protein bar with balanced nutrition.

“3. Don’t skip ‘snacks’: I think of each meal as a well-portioned snack rather than a full-blown meal. Never allow yourself to hit the point of hunger or the point of I can’t get up from the table, because I’m so full. Rather, keep your metabolism revved by feeding it often throughout the course of the day. I tend to indulge in six to eight Stoked Snacks throughout the course of the day; become a snack queen. Remember: When you forget to eat or starve yourself, you are in for a sugar crash. That usually means seizing on the first unhealthy thing you can find for food rescue. Talk about the jaws of life! Balance your plate with lean protein and a ton of vegetables. Try to save starchier foods for the morning so you can use that energy and metabolize throughout the day. I like to say, ‘Eat breakfast like a queen and dinner like a pauper.’ Fuel for the day, not for sleep.

“4. Investigate foods and supplements to support heart health: Heart disease is the top killer of women and a leading cause of serious health complications. I’m happy to work with companies like Lycored, a producer of heart-healthy wellness products which can help put more lycopene into your diet. Lycopene is known for preventing heart disease, cancers, and even helping to treat HPV.”

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