20 Aug How to Keep Your Energy Levels High
Low energy is one of the most common problems experienced by older adults and seniors. Maybe you hit a wall of fatigue in the afternoon, or perhaps you find yourself tired from the moment you wake up. There are numerous ways to improve your energy levels as you age, and in today’s post, we’ll explore a few of them.
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Drink More Water
Did you know that fatigue is commonly caused by dehydration? It’s true, and drinking more water throughout the day is one of the best ways to boost your energy levels. Try to increase your water intake throughout the day and see how you feel, though be sure to consult with your physician if you are taking any medications or have health conditions that could affect your water intake requirements.
Stay Away From Sugar
You’ve almost certainly heard the expression “sugar crash,” and it’s a very real phenomenon. Sugary foods provide the body with a fast-acting source of fuel and a quick boost of energy, but you’ll find that the effects wear off quickly and leave you wanting to take a nap. If you begin your day with sugary cereals, doughnuts, or other processed foods, then you should consider saving these items for special occasions. Try to eat a balanced diet with plenty of fruits, nuts, and vegetables. Our experienced chefs and high-quality dining options are two of the best reasons to become a member of our senior living apartments!
Reduce Your Stress
Stress is one of the biggest contributors to exhaustion and fatigue. Our bodies release the hormone cortisol, also known as the fight-or-flight hormone, in response to stressful situations. While the release of this hormone prepared our ancestors to deal with real and imminent threats, too much stress in our day-to-day lives can cause the body to produce more cortisol than is needed, leading to burnout and fatigue.
There are numerous ways to alleviate stress, many of which include exercising and finding healthy ways of coping. As we noted in a previous blog, becoming a member of an active community is also an excellent way to improve your mental health and alleviate the symptoms of stress and depression.
While it may sound counterintuitive to exercise when you’re feeling tired, studies show that getting active is a great way to boost your energy levels and fight fatigue. Even if the exercise is short in duration, you’re likely to feel the energy-boosting effects when you’ve finished your workout. We have a wide variety of exercise opportunities at our senior living apartments, including opportunities to walk around our beautiful location.
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