Are You Tired of Feeling Tired?
12 Ways to Boost Your Energy Level

Do you have times when you feel tired after just a couple of hours of light work in the yard? Are you ready for a nap half way through your day? Are you at the point where you know that dragging your body around for half the day is not an acceptable way to live any more?

Been there. Know those feelings. Not only lived to tell the tale, but thrived on it!

And now I'm going to share my secrets with you!

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When I was in my twenties I had enough energy to work hard all day and play hard all night. As far as my energy level went, I always had what I needed.

More than a few years have passed since that youthful time in my life when I could go for days on nothing more than fumes. I'm no longer in my twenties. Hell, I'm no longer in my forties. My energy level isn't even close to what it used to be.

There was a time not too long ago when I was tired after a couple of hours of light work in the yard. I was damn near ready for a nap half way through my day.

Dragging this tired old body around for half the day was not acceptable. I knew I needed to do something to change this situation.

Does any of this sound familiar? If you're in the same boat as I was, here are a few suggestions that might help you regain some of that youthful energy that seems to have waned over the years.

I've recently added some of these positive changes to my lifestyle. These changes have given me more energy. They've made a world of difference. I now have more energy than I've had in years.

Here are 12 ways you can improve your energy level.

  1. Get regular exercise: I can't stress enough how important this is. Exercise helps improve circulation, increase stamina, and boost energy levels. You don't have to lift weights or carry out a strenuous exercise program to benefit. Even low-impact exercises such as walking, yoga, tia chi and qi gong can be beneficial. This is not once in awhile exercise. This is REGULAR exercise. Put it on your schedule and stick with it.
  2. Eat a healthy diet: Your body needs certain nutrients to maintain a certain energy level throughout each day. If you're not eating a balanced diet rich in whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean protein, and healthy fats, Start today. A healthy diet can help provide the energy you're looking for.
  3. Get a good nights sleep: Deep REM sleep is important. This is the time when your body rejuvenates and repairs itself. Getting enough good sleep is crucial to maintaining good health and energy levels. Most adults need an average of 8 hours of sleep per night.
  4. Manage your stress: Worries and the pressures of the day are an energy drain. If you're a chronic worrier or under constant stress it can eventually lead to fatigue. There are techniques available to help you deal with both worry and stress such as meditation or tai chi. Relieving worry and stress can help you improve your energy levels.
  5. Grow your social connections: You might not have considered social interaction as an energy booster but believe it or not, engaging in social activities with others can boost your mood and your energy levels.
  6. Manage your health conditions: There are certain health conditions that can cause fatigue. It's important to work with a healthcare provider to determine and manage these conditions properly.
  7. Be sure to stay hydrated: Our bodies are mostly water and it depends on it to function properly. It's a fact that most people don't drink enough water. Fatigue is one of the symptoms of dehydration. It's important to drink plenty of water throughout the day if you want to keep your energy level up.
  8. Limit your caffeine and alcohol intake: Caffeine and even alcohol can provide a temporary energy boost. If you drink caffeine (not just coffee) in the evening it can interfere with sleep. It can also lead to dehydration. As mentioned earlier being fully hydrated and getting enough quality sleep are important factors in improving your energy level.
  9. Take breaks and rest: Let's face the fact that our bodies are not the same as they were when we were younger. It's important for us older adults to pace ourselves and take several breaks throughout the day and rest when we need to. By not overdoing it you can improve your overall energy level.
  10. Engage in mentally stimulating activities: Engaging in mentally stimulating activities each day or learning a new skill will improve your cognitive function. This will also increase your energy level.
  11. Consider supplements: You might try taking some supplements, such as vitamin B12, iron, or CoQ10. These could help improve energy levels. However, it's important to talk to a healthcare provider before starting any new supplement regimen.
  12. Find a sense of purpose: Retired adults may benefit from finding a sense of purpose through volunteering, pursuing hobbies, or other activities that provide meaning and fulfillment. Having a reason to get up and going each day is a great motivator and can give you the energy you need to get on with your day.

Keep in mind that not everyone has the same needs or preferences. Overall, maintaining a healthy lifestyle with regular exercise, a balanced diet, adequate sleep, worry and stress management, and social interaction can significantly improve your energy level.

It's important to remember that our energy levels tend to decrease as we get older. When you feel your energy levels beginning to decrease, you'll need to make necessary adjustments and find new ways to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle. These lifestyle changes might not bring you back to the energy level of a twenty year old but they will give it a boost and improve your current lifestyle.

As a final reminder, it's always a good idea to consult with a healthcare provider before starting any new exercise or dietary program.


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