Energy loss stinks. It can blind side you at any age and make day-to-day life a chore. It can cost you your productivity and mobility, dragging you down and killing your mood.
If you’re feeling energy loss, it could be for a number of reasons. Some fairly obvious, but others may surprise you. We’ve detailed the three most common causes of energy loss so you can take your energy back!
Much of what we need to be eating is obvious, even if we choose to ignore it. We need a balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, whole grains and lean proteins to maintain our overall health and wellness. But there are a few dietary considerations you many not be unaware of:
- Your diet is unique. Some people live their entire lives without knowing they have a sensitivity to one type of food or another. You may find that based on your activity level, age, genetics or other factors that a few key dietary changes can make a world of difference. If you’ve never met with a nutritionist, you might be surprised that a tiny change can make a big difference. You may find some tasty recipes in the process!
- Caffeine and sugar don’t always deliver energy. There’s nothing wrong with your morning cup of coffee, but if you’re drinking too much you may find that coffee actually impedes your body’s natural ability to generate energy. You may already know this, but the buzz from sugar is short lived and can leave you feeling lethargic.
It may be tempting to stay up late watching TV, but making sure you get a proper night’s sleep is crucial. Sleep is essential for helping your body rebuild and build back energy. In addition to draining your energy, lack of sleep can also accelerate the adverse affects of aging. Further, sleep deprivation can create a slew of really big problems.
Even if you don’t feel like it, your body was designed to move. It’s a downward spiral that we can easily slip into. We don’t have energy so we don’t move. Because we don’t move, we lose energy.
Being inactive unfortunately teaches your body that it doesn’t need to be energetic, and can rapidly reduce your mobility and ability to perform even simple tasks.
Here are a few ways to break out of a rut and take your energy back!
- Move. This doesn’t mean you need to run five miles a day. Even light walking can make a world of difference. Setting an alarm to incorporate light walk twice a day is a good start.
- Motivate. It’s easy to say ‘move more’ but that a lack of energy will make it easy to make excuses. Remember, your goal is to take back your energy and zest for life. If that’s not enough motivation, you can always trick yourself with rewards. Compromises are great too, just to get you on your feet. If you normally walk 2 miles, give yourself permission to walk just 1 today when you don’t feel like it. Getting going is the hardest part. Once you get moving, you may find the energy to keep going.
- Avoid long-term sits. We all like a little television or computer time, but avoid sitting for longer than an hour at a time. Getting up periodically will help tremendously.
- Take up an active hobby. Light sports, park hikes, anything that demands mobility. Finding a friend to share your hobby with you is a great way to keep it up and hold each other accountable. If you find something you enjoy, it won’t feel like work.
- Let the HurryCane® get you back on your feet! If getting up and walking is just too hard, it may be time for a mobility aid. The HurryCane® is the #1 selling cane in America because it stands alone. Experience the HurryCane difference by trying one today.
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