As people get older they often feel as if they have less energy. However, many people claim age has nothing to do with energy levels and you can be just as active and energetic when you’re seventy as when you’re twenty. A variety of factors seem to reduce energy, and they include obesity, inadequate exercise, stress, lack of sleep, and depression. However, boosting energy may be as simple as following one or all of the following ten tips:
- Be Creative. There’s probably nothing quicker to encourage a lack of energy than boredom. Being creative improves moods, increases enthusiasm, and helps the release of feel-good neurotransmitters, so you feel more chipper and energetic.
- Choose Healthy Foods. The fuel you put into your body determines how well it runs. If you drink caffeine and eat processed and junk food, you probably won’t have the energy you need. Moreover, if you’re under stress poor diet choices may make it less likely you’ll have the ability to deal with stress. In addition, eating foods with little nutritional value often leads to obesity, and obesity tends to reduce energy levels.
- Eat Several Small Meals. Eating several small meals instead of two or three large meals actually helps you feel less sluggish and keeps your metabolism operating more optimally. Moreover, if you include carbohydrates, protein, and a little fat in each meal, you’ll have fuel to keep your body going all day long.
- Encourage Social Ties. Being around other people and having social relationships is actually revitalizing. In fact, Reuters reported social relationships may prevent cognitive decline, and another study showed when a person has a stroke, social ties actual help to protect against impaired cognition.
- Exercise. Most people have heard how exercise can benefit them, but it can also boost energy levels. At least that’s the result of a study completed at the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Georgia. The researchers found “chronic exercise increased feelings of energy and lessened feelings of fatigue.”
- Focus on Good News. If you listen to the news or other negative reports, it may be one of the quickest ways to bring energy levels down because it may stress you out or depress you. So, don’t overdo bad news.
- Stay Hydrated. Humans are composed of about 60 percent water, and, so, it’s important to make sure you stay well hydrated by drinking plenty of water throughout the day. Moreover, drinking water regularly tends to reduce hunger pangs and improve the elimination of bodily wastes. Exercise is also another reason to stay well hydrated because you lose perspiration, so replace water loss by drinking plenty of water.
- Relax. A variety of studies have shown relaxation or meditation techniques can reduce blood pressure, lower tension and increase energy levels. To achieve relaxation, here’s a few tips.
- Sleep. Sleep is particularly important to keeping energy levels high, and most Americans probably get an inadequate amount. A number of factors result in a poor night’s sleep, and they range from physical issues to pets in the bed to room temperature. To learn more about how to get a good night’s sleep, read How to Not Count Sheep and Sleep.
- Take a Multivitamin. Boosting energy may also be as simple as taking a multivitamin because even if you eat balanced meals, it may not be enough. According to the Journal of the American Medication Association, “all adults…[should] take at least one multivitamin pill each day…[because] most people do not consume an optimal amount of all vitamins by diet alone.” If you don’t have proper nutrition, you are more likely to be fatigued and tired.
You don’t have to let fatigue get you down. There are things you can do to enjoy a fuller and more productive life. Boosting energy can be as simple as being creative, choosing healthy foods, eating small meals, encouraging social ties, exercising, focusing on good news, staying hydrated, relaxing, getting proper sleep, and taking a multivitamin. So, commit to at least one of these ideas for time, and see if you don’t enjoy more energy.