Seniors Energy EMHCIt's common to hear seniors say they are experiencing a decrease in energy. Things that used to be easy, like walking through the park or climbing stairs, can be a real challenge when your energy levels are down.

If you or the senior in your life are experiencing an energy slump, start using these energy boosts to put some of the pep back in your step!

  1. Diet. Eating a balanced diet helps ensure your vitamin and mineral needs are met. Certain minerals, like magnesium, have a direct effect on your metabolism and, therefore, your energy levels. Add a handful of almonds, hazelnuts or cashews to your daily diet, increase your intake of whole grains—particularly bran cereal—and eat more fish, especially halibut.
  2. Exercise. After age 40, our bodies start to lose muscle mass and our metabolism starts to slow down. If you're feeling droopy, take a walk. Even a ten-minute walk around the block can increase your energy for up to two hours. Also get in regular aerobic exercise, like swimming or biking.
  3. Sleep. It's common to think that as we age, we need less sleep. That's not at all true. To give yourself a boost, take a power nap. A 60-minute nap will give your body and brain the time it needs to process and get your energy levels back up to normal.
  4. Eat Regularly. Your body is just like an automobile: you need fuel to keep going! Breakfast is particularly important to starting up your metabolism and giving you energy early in the day. Choose a lean protein, such as turkey sausage, a healthy fat, such as avocado, and a complex carbohydrate, such as quinoa, green veggies or steel-cut oatmeal at every meal to keep your energy levels up all day.
  5. Reduce stress. Stress about life, work, relationships, money, etc. all create anxiety, which uses up a ton of your body's resources. It's like running a race without going anywhere. Focus on what you can control, meditate every day, exercise, and build in fun activities like gardening, playing games and spending time with friends to reduce your stress levels.
  6. Drink more water. Dehydration can leave you feeling exhausted. If you're feeling drowsy, drink a glass of ice water. Aim to take in half your body weight in ounces of water every day.
  7. Stop smoking. Smoking has a direct impact on your energy levels. Over time, smoking and other forms of tobacco use, can cause damage to your heart, lungs and veins. That damage makes it harder to get oxygen to your muscles and brain, which makes you feel tired and weak. Talk to your doctor right away to learn how you can quit smoking.

These tips are just the beginning of a healthy and energetic lifestyle that will keep you moving for years to come. Talk to your doctor about any concerns you have and start investing in your energy levels. Your body will thank you!