There is a common misconception that people are supposed to just sit around at home once they retire or when they grow older. However, this is definitely not true – they are called golden years for a reason! If you or your loved one are finding it hard to remain active due to a lack of energy, here are some lifestyle changes you can try to boost your energy levels.
Practice Sleep Hygiene
If a person does not have enough sleep, it could lead to daytime fatigue or excessive sleepiness that affects their energy levels. In the long term, sleep is essential for the body to repair itself and to consolidate memories and knowledge. When you undergo sleep deprivation, your body will not be able to sufficiently carry out these important functions and this will affect your energy levels. Therefore, it is vital that you establish good sleep habits that allow you to get around eight hours of sleep each night.
Exercise More Often
It might seem counterintuitive that we are suggesting that you burn more energy in order to gain more energy. However, having an active lifestyle that incorporates more exercises and activities can help to increase your stamina and metabolism. This means that you will be able to produce energy more efficiently from the resources you take in, allowing you to feel more energized throughout the day.
Increase Your Social Engagements
It can be hard to feel motivated or to get started on activities alone. For most people, it can be easier to feel more active when you are doing the activity with someone you love or when you get to spend meaningful time with other people in your community. Spending time with others can be refreshing and reinvigorating and have the added effect of boosting your energy levels.
Cut Out Unhealthy Habits
Sometimes, a reduced energy level can be the result of bad habits that have built up over the years like excessive alcohol intake or smoking. For example, if you or your loved one is constantly suffering from hangovers, it is hard to become more active even if you try out every other tip available. If this might be an issue, it could be worth having a conversation to suggest ways that they can stop or reduce their alcohol intake.
There are many different strategies to boost a person’s energy levels and it is always best to either consult a doctor or a trained professional to get personalized advice that takes into account any existing health conditions or symptoms that may hint at new ones.
This is why at The Summit by Discovery Senior Living; our team members are all trained to best meet your unique needs. On top of helping with responsibilities like housekeeping and maintenance, we have also established many different exclusive senior living programs where residents are able to access wellness and fitness programs that cover all aspects of wellness.