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With the start of a new year many people rededicate themselves to getting fit, losing weight, and increasing strength and mobility. These are of course worthwhile goals, but to accomplish them can require a lot of energy.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at a variety of ways you can boost your energy reserves in 2018 so you can tackle your fitness goals and make some significant life improvements.
1. Rest Up
One of the key ways to retain more energy is to make sure you get plenty of sleep. While it’s true that some older adults might not need as much sleep as they once did, staying on a set sleeping schedule can be very advantageous.
Along with boosting energy levels, sufficient sleep can help with the following, as reported by Health.com:
- Improving memory
- Reducing joint inflammation
- Boosting creativity
- Helping with weight loss
- Lowering stress
- Reducing the effects of depression
- Increasing your lifespan
As you can see, there are plenty of great advantages to getting enough z’s while snug in your senior apartment, so be sure to get yourself on a solid sleep schedule.
2. Take Your Vitamins
As outlined by the AARP, there are a variety of vitamins and minerals that are key to a good diet when you’re in your fifties, sixties, seventies and beyond, many of which can help to increase your energy levels and improve your overall health.
These vitamins and minerals include:
- Vitamin D and calcium
- Vitamin B12
- Omega-3 fatty acids
Making sure to get your needed minerals and vitamins, whether through your meals or by way of supplements, can go a long way in increasing your energy levels. To help you in these efforts, Water’s Edge of Lake Wales offers all of our residents nutrition counseling.
3. Eat Enough Protein
The carbohydrates found in bread, pasta, and rice-based dishes can be very satisfying and filling, but they can also contribute to lower energy levels. A good way to counter this is by making sure to incorporate a lot of lean protein into your diet, which can help you stay energized and alert.
Some good protein options include:
- Greek yogurt
- Pumpkin seeds
You’ll find many of these foods in the delicious, chef-prepared meals at Water’s Edge of Lake Wales, because we know the value of senior nutrition.
4. Keep Hydrated
Along with eating a healthy, balanced diet, staying hydrated is one of the best and simplest ways to improve your health and your energy levels.
Many seniors face heightened levels of dehydration due to various ailments and medications, so it’s vital to stay hydrated by way of soups, teas, juices, and, of course, water.
5. Get in Some Exercise
Once you’ve done all of the above and are ready to tackle some of your fitness goals, you’re ready to get active. The best news is that engaging in physical activity is in and of itself a good way to increase your energy levels, since it can:
- Improve your circulation and blood pressure
- Increase your mobility and flexibility
- Boost your immune system
- Improve brain health and functionality
Some activities you’ll want to take part in include:
- Brisk walks
- Stretching and flexibility exercises
- Strength and resistance training
- Aerobic exercises
Luckily, Water’s Edge of Lake Wales offers a state-of-the-art fitness center along with health and wellness classes to help you make the most of your physical activities and improve your life. Reach out to our team with any questions about our facilities.
Ready to Make 2018 Your Year?
If you’re anxious to get motivated and moving in the new year, we want to help! Contact us today so we can fill you in on all that our senior living community can do for you during retirement.