You know that healthy habits may help you maintain a physical and mental edge as you get older. But did you know that they may also give your energy a boost?
Try these tactics to help keep your engines revved up and ready to go anytime!
- Put some pep in your step. Regular, moderate exercise may help boost your strength and stamina.* It may also help lower your stress level — a big energy drain.
- Take a power nap. It can help refresh you when you’re flagging. But don’t sleep too long or too late in the day. That may make it hard to fall asleep later. And most of us need about seven hours of nightly sleep to be at our best.
- Go easy on caffeine. Sure, it makes you feel alert. But consuming too much too late in the day may keep you up at night.
- Eat for energy. Choose a balanced diet that includes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, and low-fat or fat-free dairy products. A healthy variety gives your body plenty of nutrients for sustained energy.
- Drink plenty of water. Dehydration may drain your energy. Water needs can vary. Talk with your doctor about what’s right for you.
- Stress less. Too much stress may be exhausting. Find some time when you can slow down and enjoy activities that help you recharge.
- Pledge to stop smoking. Smoking steals your breath and your energy. Talk with your doctor if you need help to quit. It’s never too late.
- Stay social. From volunteer work to group hobbies, exploring your passions in life — with like-minded others — may help keep you energized and engaged with all life has to offer.
*Most healthy adults should aim for at least 2.5 hours of moderate-intensity aerobic exercise a week. Add muscle-strengthening exercises on 2 or more days a week. Talk with your doctor before increasing your activity level.
Sources: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics; American Council on Fitness; American Heart Association; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; National Institute on Aging