As you age, do not lose sight of what you love to do. Whether it is picnics in the park, or enjoying theater shows, you don’t have to give up your passions as you get older. Continuing to do the things you love will fill you with energy. Get rid of your energy drainers and implement more energy enhancers and you will be well on your way to living a long, energetic life.
Energy Boosting Foods
Although your calorie requirements decrease with age, you need energy-boosting foods to keep up with activities, enjoy family, remain independent and fight off illness. To help you make the most of your nutritional intake, energy foods should provide multiple benefits. Focus on nutrient-dense proteins and complex carbohydrates that are low in calories, sodium and saturated fat to keep your heart healthy and your stamina high.
Is regular exercise part of your daily life?
If no: Begin to change that. If you are unfit, start with 10 minutes of moderate physical activity each day and build up to at least 30 minutes. It may seem counter-intuitive, but aerobic exercise is an excellent way to counter fatigue.
To mix things up a bit, why not try alternative exercise?Yoga should leave you feeling energetic and Tai Chi is said to improve the flow of energy through your body. Both are excellent ways to stay in shape, ease stress and feel more buoyant. Any exercises that stretch your muscles will encourage blood flow and can help increase energy levels.
Are you drinking too much?
If yes: cut down on the booze. It acts as a sedative, and even small amounts can make you tired for hours.
Are you sleeping well?
If no: practice good sleep habits. Avoid eating, reading or watching television while in bed. Keep your bedroom cool, dark and quiet, and set the alarm to get up at the same time each day – a routine will help you to establish a regular schedule. Staying in bed all day will not help.
Check Hormone Levels
Many older women develop an imbalance in their hormones which can lead to lack of energy. It is encouraged that all women over 40 to take a blood test to check their hormone levels.