The older we get, the emptier our tank is. We find it harder to replenish our energy levels and often have no energy at all. Thankfully there are ways to boost your energy while also improving your quality of health. So if lately you’ve been feeling like you’re starting to drag your feet, try some of these tricks to see if you can’t put a little skip in your step!
Beating fatigue with exercise sounds counter-productive. You are already tired so how is extra work going to make things any better? Actually, studies have shown that it does work. Exercise not only increases serotonin levels in your brain, which helps put a little bounce in your step by boosting happiness, but it also gets your blood flowing to all your organs. Your heart beats better, your lungs work better and your muscles are stronger. Put all these things together, and you have much more energy.
Check the Scale
If you are overweight, your body will be tired from lugging around all those extra pounds. Following trick number one will certainly help. Also, using portion control and stress reducing techniques will help you to lose weight and take some of that load off your body.
Speaking of stress reducing techniques, yoga is a great choice. It’s a wonderful way to relax the mind and the body, and is low impact so can be done by just about anyone. A study done with British volunteers showed an increase of energy and mental clarity after doing yoga for six weeks.
This one seems like a no-brainer but many people just don’t place enough emphasis on good quality sleep. Aim for at least 7 hours of uninterrupted sleep for a fresh morning and plenty of energy throughout the day.
Did you know that extreme dehydration can make a person pass out from exhaustion? Even a small amount of dehydration will make your body work a little slower. Make sure to drink plenty of water to stop that from happening.
Keeping a steady supply of energy by way of food for your body to use will help your energy levels to stay high. Eating more snacks with smaller meals throughout the day will help keep your blood sugar levels balanced. Protein and complex carbs are great choices for energy boosting snacks.
Your fatigue may be caused by a deficiency of certain vitamins or nutrients. Taking fish oil or vitamin D has helped many suffering from fatigue to get back on track.
See Your Doctor
If you’ve tried the tactics above and nothing seems to help you get over your constant tiredness it may be time to schedule an appointment with your doctor. Your fatigue problem may be more serious than just not getting enough sleep or dehydration. Fatigue can be caused by heart disease, thyroid problems, diabetes, or other illnesses. Your doctor will help to rule any of these out or identify them.