Don’t let diminished energy levels affect you as you age

By April 1, 2019 Health & Nutrition

One of things we worry about most as we grow older is the diminished energy. We tend to assume it’s a natural part of growing older and work our activities around this situation. Instead of trying to find ways to grow and maintain our energy levels which would life more exciting, even as we are aging. In the article below the author lists out simple methods that you can explore to improve your energy levels and maintain it as well. Team RetyrSmart

Don’t let diminished energy levels affect you as you age

Life can be exhausting. And as you get older, there are several factors working against you that can drain your energy. But you don’t have to take it lying down. Try these seven methods to maintain your energy as you age.

1. Keep moving

It’s basic physics: An object in motion stays in motion. And the human body tends to follow this law, even as aging exerts its force. “Both genes and environment lead to alterations in cells that cause aging muscles to lose mass and strength and to become less flexible,” according to Rush University. “As a result, strenuous activities become more tiring. These cellular changes also limit the heart muscle’s pumping ability.”

But you can work against these changes to hang onto some youthful energy. Rush recommends aiming for 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity, such as walking or swimming, per week (or whatever your doctor recommends) to keep your heart strong. And engage in regular strength and stretching exercises, such as yoga, to maintain (or build) your muscle mass and flexibility. If you haven’t exercised in a while and aren’t sure how to get moving, consult a professional (doctor, physical therapist, trainer, etc.). They can give you the best exercises for your body and show you proper form.

2. Power your body with nutritious food

It probably goes without saying that a diet filled with nutritious, unprocessed foods can give you more energy at any age. But it can be especially helpful to ward off sluggish feelings in older adults. For one, a healthy diet can counteract the structural changes many older adults experience to their intestines that can cause constipation, according to Mayo Clinic. Plus, it can help support your heart health and cognitive function to keep you feeling strong and sharp.

“Make sure your diet includes high-fiber foods, such as fruits, vegetables and whole grains,” Mayo Clinic says. “Limit high-fat meats, dairy products and sweets.” Also, ensure that you’re consuming enough fluids to maintain your energy. Research has shown older adults might not feel thirst sensations as strong as younger people and consequently not hydrate enough.

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3. Monitor your vitamin D

4. Take inventory of medications

5. Prioritize quality sleep

6. Socialize and enjoy hobbies

7. Get regular check-ups