Top 50 signs you’re middle aged

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Middle aged: Has lockdown aged you? The 50 tell tale signs that you could be middle-aged have been revealed in a new health study backed by leading psychologists.

Do you groan when you bend down, need a nap in the afternoon and prefer a cup of tea to, well anything?

Then you could be entering middle age or at least adopting an older mindset. It’s all quite understandable given the last year we’ve endured, so why not see how many of these boxes you tick?

Apparently, Brits don’t consider themselves to be ‘middle aged’ until they’re nearly 47 and the study of 2,000 adults found feeling stiff all over, getting a ‘middle age belly’ and not knowing what songs are in the charts were among the biggest signs you have reached the older age category.

But men think they reach the milestone later than women, believing it to start at 48 compared to just 45 for females.

It also emerged 53 per cent believe middle age begins later than it did in previous generations, with more than one in 10 claiming they have until their late fifties before taking the title.

As a result, one in 10 adults of those in the middle age category believe they are ‘too young’ to worry about ‘middle age’ health issues like heart attacks or strokes.

It also emerged 53 per cent believe middle age begins later than it did in previous generations, with more than one in 10 claiming they have until their late fifties before taking the title.

As a result, one in 10 adults of those in the middle age category believe they are ‘too young’ to worry about ‘middle age’ health issues like heart attacks or strokes.

Dr Meg Arroll, a chartered psychologist working with Healthspan, which commissioned the research, said: “The findings in this survey show a very positive picture all round, despite some of the negative associations with ageing, individuals’ attitudes towards getting older were generally quite optimistic.

“For example, those who had reached middle age reported it wasn’t actually as bad as they had expected or feared.

“Furthermore, many in the survey said that they believe ‘middle age’ is a life stage reflecting people who are older, and that they are far too young to be using the term to describe themselves.

“Taken as a whole, this research supports the notion that and that age, and specifically middle age, is a state of mind rather than number.”

Top 50 signs you’re middle aged

  1. Feeling stiff
  2. ‘Middle age’ middle/ belly
  3. Groaning when you bend down
  4. Saying ‘it wasn’t like that when I was young’
  5. Choosing clothes and shoes for comfort rather than style
  6. Forgetfulness
  7. Can’t shift weight
  8. You don’t know any songs in the top 10
  9. Finding you have no idea what ‘young people’ are talking about
  10. Thinking policemen/teachers/doctors look really young
  11. Skin blemishes and lines
  12. Getting more hairy – ears, eyebrows, nose, face etc.
  13. Hating noisy pubs
  14. Old hands
  15. Losing hair
  16. Forgetting people’s names
  17. When you start complaining more
  18. Falling asleep in front of the TV every night
  19. Needing an afternoon nap
  20. Complaining about the rubbish on television these days
  21. Losing touch with everyday technology such as tablets and TVs
  22. You talk to colleagues who are so young they don’t know what a cassette/VHS tape is
  23. Misplacing your glasses / bag / car keys etc
  24. You find it tricky to sit cross-legged on the floor
  25. Taking a keen interest in the garden
  26. You move from Radio 1 to Radio 2
  27. Feeling tired the moment you wake up
  28. Spending money on the home/furniture rather than a night out on the town
  29. Preferring a night in with a board game than a night on the town
  30. Not remembering the name of any modern bands
  31. Taking a keen interest in dressing for the weather
  32. When you can’t lose six pounds in two days anymore
  33. Really enjoying puzzles and crosswords
  34. When you know your alcohol limit
  35. Never going out without your coat
  36. You consider going on a ‘no children’ cruise for a holiday
  37. Getting out of bed early on the weekends
  38. Preferring a Sunday walk to a lie in
  39. Falling asleep after one glass of wine
  40. Taking a flask of tea on a day out
  41. Keeping a tissue up your sleeve
  42. Thinking there is nothing wrong with wearing an anorak
  43. Taking a multivitamin /supplement
  44. You like getting asked for ID
  45. Always driving in the slow lane, or below 70 in the middle lane
  46. You get shocked by how racy music videos are
  47. Taking slippers to friend’s houses
  48. Finding yourself giving speeches on ‘saving’ and ‘investment’
  49. Putting everyday items in the wrong place
  50. Choosing radio over TV.

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