Gain Energy Even After 50?
Where you are is a good starting point.
Even if you are now just getting into the mindset of taking steps to increase energy and feel better, it’s still a perfect place to start. Do you have friends who are heavily active already? Don’t compare yourself to them, but instead, ask for their guidance to help give you a jump start. And DON’T do too much too soon, or you’ll be taking steps backward instead of forward. Remember, it’s not a competition and starting initially with just one or two simple changes, you’ll feel the increase in energy. It will then be up to you (and your doctor) how far you want to go.
One change at a time.
Are you a late-night eater? Start with that as a focus where you don’t eat anything after 8 pm. And, reduce your portion size. Your body will get used to it and you’ll feel better. By taking small actions, one at a time, it won’t be such a drastic change and you’ll work your way up to other changes to improve your physical and mental health.
These shoes are made for walking.
Getting hungry or simply bored? Try taking a five-minute walk. Stretch your legs, enjoy the weather and take in the sights of your neighborhood by walking around the block. Or, invite some friends to meet you at the park and turn it into a group routine. If it’s hot outside, meet at the mall, walk around the common areas, and you’ll see a bunch of other friendly faces doing the same thing. You’ll share stories about what’s going on in your lives, while getting the movement your body needs. It’s amazing how a short walk can boost your spirits and reduce the sound of that grumbling tummy.
Water is the miracle drink.
It’s amazing how many people still do not drink enough water. It’s especially important as we age, that we drink enough of this healthy pick-me-up. When we’re not fully hydrated, our metabolism slows down which has many other effects on your body. Make sure you bring a large bottle of water when you exercise as it’s the most efficient nutrient to help keep your muscles moving. Lacking energy during the day? Grab a glass of water to replenish those reserves.
Strength training keeps you strong.
Exercise is one of the best ways to boost energy levels, especially if you’re over the age of 50. Lifting weights or some sort of resistance exercise is one of the best ways to strengthen your body, and mind. Additionally, when we take these steps now to being stronger, it affects our daily lives with even the simplest of tasks, like getting up out of a chair or playing with our grandkids.
Are you or a loved one ready to take some of the above steps but need guidance? Our nurses at GenCare Resources can help with that. It may be as simple as having a companion to walk with to make sure you’re safe while having someone to talk to, or overseeing that group walk at your favorite mall.