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How Seniors Can Boost Energy Levels

Let’s face it—all of us want to live well and age well. It all starts with creating healthy habits that will last a lifetime. But even if you’re late in creating healthy routines, it’s never too late to start! Here are some ways to boost your energy and feel great as a senior!

1. Exercise your mind
Staying mentally active will not only keep you sharp, but also can help with mental health. It can really help dementia and Alzheimer’s. It can be as simple as working puzzles, reading and writing, and playing games. Many hobbies, such as needlepoint or sewing can also be a great way to stay mentally active.

2. Exercise your brain to boost your energy
Simple things such as taking a walk around the block will not only stimulate your energy levels but also go a very long way in keeping you healthy. When the body is inactive, so is the mind. Mild aerobics will keep your heart healthy and deep breathing exercises will decrease stress

3. Don’t Smoke
This is true for ANY age group! If you smoke, please let your doctor help you with a plan to quit. Even if you are advanced in years, quitting smoking will absolutely extend your life! Plus, the toxic chemicals found in cigarettes are the cause of many diseases that afflict seniors.

4. Eat Foods High in Protein
Eating too many carbs leave you feeling sluggish and lazy. This comes from starchy foods like bread and pasta. Instead, go on a high-protein diet, with plenty of lean meats or quinoa. Many vegetables also are high in protein! Boost your energy and protein levels with boiled eggs, which also give you Vitamin D. A diet low in fat and high in protein does wonders for seniors!

5. Get Lots of Sleep
Be aware of your body’s need for rest. Go to bed as soon as you feel tired and get up at the same time each day. If you need a nap, don’t hesitate. Insomnia often plagues seniors, and it is usually from other lifestyle problems that can easily be corrected. Making sure you don’t have too much stimulation or light will also help you sleep well!

6. Do things that are meaningful activities
If you have retired already, you may have too much time on your hands, which can lead to boredom and apathy. This is the perfect time to take up new hobbies, volunteer for charities or a host of other activities that nourish your spirit as well as your mind!

7. Manage Stress
Aging can sometimes be stressful if we fear it. Life certainly throws new challenges your way as you age, but managing your stress is key to feeling great. Talk through things often with friends and family and never keep your feelings bottled up. Meditation and prayer are also very effective in bringing peace and calm to your heart.

8. Stay Hydrated
Drink plenty of water! This is the easiest one of all, but often overlooked. Keeping yourself hydrated is the number one way to feel better and boost energy! It helps in weight-loss, balances your electrolytes, prevents headaches and muscle pain, and stimulates your mind. Adding lemon or cucumbers to your water enhances flavors and also provides you with a great way to get extra nutrients!

For more information on boosting your energy as you age, please contact us today! For more helpful tips, visit our senior home care blog.