Millions of Americans in their 50s and beyond lack the energy they need to lead a quality style of life. ICAA believes that energy-boosting education and programs are needed throughout the country to combat this personal energy shortage, as lifestyle modifications can help to rectify low energy, fatigue and exhaustion.
A personal energy shortage may be due to a myriad of factors, including poor sleep habits, inactivity, taking care of children and/or parents, poor nutrition, long work hours, drug interactions, stress, depression, and boredom. But lack of energy can also be a precursor to a major health event and should not be taken lightly. If you do not feel reenergized by participating in the following energy-boosting activities, seek the advice of a medical professional to ensure that a potentially serious issue has not been overlooked.
Eight tips to reenergize your body and mind
1. Improve your sleep habits. Go to bed earlier, don’t eat before bedtime, and relax your mind by avoiding sources of stimulation (such as television) for a couple of hours before sleeping.
2. Be physically active for 30 minutes a day, five days a week.
3. Ensure you eat nutritious, energy-building foods, such as whole grains.
4. Become a better manager of your time to avoid long work hours, and traveling to and from work during rush hour. Establish what is important and what is not, and learn how to say no. Learn how to better structure your use of time, to add balance to your life.
5. Work with a medical professional to reduce the number of medications you take and the potential for interactions.
6. Reduce your stress levels through behavior modification classes and by addressing what is causing your stress.
7. Keep your mind, body and spirit active and engaged, so you have meaning in your life and don’t get bored and tired.
8. Seek the advice of a wellness or fitness professional to help you prevent, delay, manage or improve ongoing health conditions, which can drain your energy in many instances.