How to Reinvent Yourself at 40
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The New You1 of 10
By Natasha Burton & Amy Elisa Keith
Feeling like you need a mid-life revolution? Even small changes can make a big difference. Glo's relationships and living editors share unexpected ways to reinvent yourself, no matter where life has taken you.
Get Active2 of 10
As we age, our metabolism slows, resulting in the dreaded middle-age spread. According to The Journal of the American Medical Association, middle-aged women who exercised an hour a day were able to maintain their weight. If you can't hit the treadmill daily (and really, who can?), then there are a number of apps to keep you on track. Or for a low-tech alternative, sign up for a charity race (try Team in Training) to help you stay motivated.
Closet Overhaul3 of 10
As you transition into a new decade of life, heed this bit of folk wisdom: "out with the old and in with the new." Clear out your closet by inviting girlfriends over for a "donation party." Encourage everyone to bring over clothes that they no longer want or need, and donate them to Dress For Success, to benefit women who need professional clothes. Getting organized in new ways and reconfiguring your closet are great weekend activities that will benefit you for years to come.
Go Geek Chic4 of 10
Sure, you use your laptop for work, but kick things up a notch by snagging the latest tablet to add some fun to your day. Splurge on the new top-rated BlackBerry Playbook to impress your kids and friends by taking on technology in a whole new way. Download cool apps, manage your schedule more efficiently and watch all those reality shows without feeling guilty.
Hobby Shop5 of 10
Challenge yourself by taking on a new hobby that you've always wanted to try, like rock climbing. You've got the athletic ability thanks to regular Pilates classes, and now you just have to make the time. Start by taking an introductory class with a friend or significant other to get your feet wet. Instead of immediately investing in gear, rent what you need or borrow them from a neighbor. By taking up a new pastime, you will make new friends and unearth your inner hang ten.
Revive The Romance6 of 10
Working on your relationship takes time, energy and, if you're at the stage where you want to try couples' therapy, money. There's a low-budget fix for those needing a little help rekindling the intimacy in the relationship: The 30-Day Sex Solution by husband-and-wife team John Wilson and Victoria Zdrok Wilson (a therapist and clinical psychologist, respectively), gives solutions for getting out of a bedroom funk in just one month's time.
Stop Procrastinating7 of 10
It's time to take that trip to South America you've been mentally planning for 20 years. (For affordable travel, try ShermansTravel.com and get 25 deals emailed to you every Wednesday.) Going abroad is also another way to rediscover your spouse or reconnect with friends as you embark on new experiences together.
Freshen Up8 of 10
Reinvigorate your space for a much-needed burst of energy. Tackle one room in your closet and liven things up with a fresh coat of warm cream paint like Valspar's Pale Sunshine color. Just two coats can truly upgrade your space, giving it a light and airy feel. Walking into a fresh, reworked room will make you feel empowered to tackle whatever the day may hold. Not to mention, a mini-remodel is a great excuse to invite friends over for a girls' night.
Dare To Dream9 of 10
Plenty of people have reinvented their careers in their 40s, 50s and beyond. If you've ever wanted to take a big risk in your life—perhaps open a restaurant or start a recycled jewelry line—try to overcome what's been holding you back, and research your options to see if your dream can become reality. Try the small-business-focused website WomanOwned.com for resources on how to get started.
Me Time10 of 10
According to the Society for Women's Health Research, women suffer from anxiety three times more often than their male counterparts do. So to dial down the stress in your life, create your own serenity space or "me zone." Take a corner of the basement and turn it into your arts and crafts space. Or buy a chaise lounge and a mini waterfall for an instant reading nook. And hang a sign reading, "No Kids Allowed," just for fun.