As we get older, we invariably have less energy, at least that’s how it feels. When we were younger, it seemed as though we would literally combust with the amount of surplus energy we had.
When we weren’t playing tag on the playground, we were outrunning everyone else on the soccer field. A few years later, we were expounding plenty of energy in the workplace, getting up at 6.30am in the morning and then working out at the gym after work. We were just so energetic.
But then we get older. Older people are more prone to sedentary lives than younger people are? True or False? Definitely true.
Older people do have less energy than younger people do? True or False?
The truth is that there is no black and white answer to this one. Seniors can be just as full of beans as their younger counterparts can as long as they do the right things. Let’s take a look at 7 ways seniors can boost energy in the morning.
- Drink Green Tea
Maybe you grew used to drinking a cup of Joe each morning before work when you were younger. Maybe you relied on it to give you the boost you needed. The problem is that coffee eventually gives us a crash that is really not nice as you get older. Instead, you should consider drinking green tea.
Green tea is rich in powerful antioxidants that fight free radicals, which are detrimental to our mood and physical shape. Start the day with green tea and you’ll be ready to seize the day.
- Go For An Early Morning Walk
Researchers at the University of Sydney say that if you sit more than 11 hours per day you’re more likely to increase your risk of death by 40% than folk who sit for only 3 hours or less a day.
So why not start your day off in the right way by going out for a walk? This gives your circulation a chance to get going, and ensures that your joints are moving. It basically energizes your whole body.
- Drink Plenty Of Water
If green tea isn’t really your thing, you still need to find a healthy alternative to tea and coffee, which are both diuretics and cause your body to lose a lot of water. In addition, when you dehydrate, you get tired. Drinking water keeps properly hydrated, which is great for energy.
- Do A Puzzle
After you’ve eaten breakfast, why not indulge in a puzzle, such as a crossword? Puzzles keep you mentally sharp, and mental energy is just as vital as physical energy. If you’re mentally focused, you’re far likelier to get things done than if you’re mentally fatigued.
- Try Gardening
As we get older, it’s important that we find a hobby that allows us to move our body. The problem is that many seniors fall into a routine of watching too much television. Gardening gives you the chance to increase daily movement. It’s a fun hobby that keeps you mentally and physically active and also improves your sense of purpose.
- Eat A Healthy Breakfast
As well as green tea, it’s also important that you start the day with the right type of food. Fatty breakfasts, although tasty, only serve to fill your body with bad fats. These fats make you feel tired not just physically but also mentally, because they have a tendency to make their way up to your brain. Sneaky.
- Cut Out Smoking
If you smoke in the morning (or at any point in the day), you’re essentially sapping yourself of much-needed energy. No smoke means better breathing and more energy.