If you’re particularly body conscious this can become a real block to dating.
Rather than resigning yourself to a life alone because you don’t feel confident about your body, try doing all you can to take care of yourself.
It’s often in our 40s that our bodies become less forgiving and slower to recover from excesses or injury.
Whether its middle age spread or pains in the joints, it’s inevitable that our bodies will change as we grow older and we need to do more to stay in shape.
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Just the basics of eating a balanced diet, getting enough sleep, drinking plenty of water and exercising regularly will help you feel more confident about yourself.
Men can continue to father children until much later in life but for women, if they haven’t had a family by this time their priorities for a relationship will be different from that of a younger woman.
As we grow older our list of what we want from a partner will change significantly.
Instead of being hung up on looks, status and the type of car someone drives, older people are likely to say that they’re looking for someone who is kind, considerate and has a good sense of humour.
Researchers also indicated that more ‘mindful’ men are more attentive to their partners, and more communicative.
Reportedly relationships aren’t the only thing that can benefit.