7 Healthy Ways to Get More Energy
Do you have days when you could use a bit more energy? If you’re like most people, you may feel simply exhausted on occasion — but more often, you may experience an energy level that’s a little lower than you’d like.
We’re surrounded by forces that seem designed to zap energy: negative people, stress, lack of exercise and poor nutrition among them. Fortunately, you can engage in a plethora of energy-boosting actions to get back on track. Here are some of our favorites for active seniors.
- Eat a Healthy Diet
Be sure to get plenty of lean protein, healthy whole grains, and fruits and vegetables. To feel your best, limit sugar. Feeling wiped out on a regular basis can indicate a magnesium deficiency; along with whole grains and fish, consider including a handful of cashews, almonds or hazelnuts to your diet each day.
- Get in a Quick Walk
A brisk walk is one of the fastest ways to give your energy a boost. Moving when you feel tired may seem counterintuitive, but the truth is that upping your physical activity gives you more energy. Walking is the perfect exercise because you can do it just about anywhere, and it doesn’t require any special equipment.
- Get Sufficient Sleep
As we age, sleep issues like insomnia — and an accompanying decrease in daytime energy — can become more frequent. Implement regular bedtime habits that help you relax, like enjoying a cup of decaf tea and a book. Make sure your bedroom is sufficiently cool, dark and quiet, and avoid TV and digital gadgets too close to bedtime.
- Stay Hydrated
If you feel tired, you actually may be thirsty. Even a low level of dehydration can cause feelings of lethargy and fatigue, experts say. To send thirst and fatigue packing, enjoy a big glass of cool water. Be sure to drink extra water during and after exercise and in hot weather.
- Manage Stress
Stress and anxiety can take a significant toll on your energy level. When you’re stressed, you may become physically and mentally exhausted even if you’ve had plenty of rest. To fight stress, consider healthy strategies like meditation and seeking support from loved ones and professionals.
- Maintain Your Brain
Mentally engaging activities can help fight memory loss, and they can stimulate cognitive capacity and creativity. Learning a language, playing games, working puzzles or picking up a musical instrument all can help keep your mental energy high.
- Stay Connected
Keeping in touch with family members and close friends can help you ward off stress, loneliness and depression. Staying connected also can keep your mood on the positive side. Make a regular effort to reach out to people you care about, and try meeting new friends through your hobbies and activities.
Give Your Energy a Boost
If your energy level isn’t always what it could be, consider taking steps like improving your diet, getting plenty of sleep and some exercise, drinking enough water, staying connected with others, keeping your brain sharp, and managing stress. And don’t hesitate to speak with your doctor if you think a health problem might be behind your reduced energy. To learn more about the many ways to eat well and live a healthy lifestyle at Havenwood Heritage Heights, please contact us. Better yet, plan to come for a visit!