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6 ways to naturally improve your energy

Do you often hit an afternoon slump that has you brewing a fresh pot of coffee or reaching for a sugary drink? Many people struggle with keeping their energy levels high throughout the day, but there are healthier ways to achieve more get-up-and-go than caffeine and sugar. Check out these six tips for enhancing your energy levels. Not only will they help you improve your vigor, but they’ll also help you lead a happier and healthier life in 2022!

1. Lower your stress levels

Being stressed out will quickly zap you of energy, so focus on maintaining a normal level of stress in your day-to-day life.  Find a stress-relieving method that works for you, whether it’s catching some fresh air, meditating, laughing with friends or using a stress-relief app.

2. Move your body

Exercising may sound like a great way to rob your body of energy, but the opposite is actually true. Getting your heart pumping will help your body circulate oxygen, give your cells more energy to burn, raise mood-boosting dopamine levels, and help you sleep better. Check out our tips for winter-proofing your workout routine for ways to stay active even during the cold months.

3. Don’t overextend yourself

If family, professional and social obligations have you stretched thin, your energy levels are bound to suffer. Understand what your priorities are and cut out activities that are less important. Don’t be afraid to lighten your load and ask for help from loved ones or colleagues.

4. Eat for energy 

Sure, sugary drinks and candy may give you a quick boost of energy, but the crash afterward will leave you feeling even more exhausted. Instead, reach for foods that will provide your body with a slow and steady stream of energy. Here are some complex carbs, proteins, and healthy fats to try:

  • Complex carbohydrate: oatmeal, fruits, vegetables
  • Protein: eggs, chicken, beans
  • Healthy fats: nuts, fish, vegetable oils, avocados

5. Drink enough H2O

If your body is thirsty, one of the first things you’ll feel is fatigue. Seniors are at greater risk of dehydration, so it’s important to sip on water throughout the day, including during meals and before and after exercise. Eight glasses of water a day is a good rule of thumb, but listen to your body’s cues as you may need more or less.

6. Keep a healthy sleep schedule 

Sleeping too little—or too much—can lead to low energy levels. Most adults age 65 or older need 7–8 hours of sleep per night to feel rested and alert. Going to bed and waking up at the same time every day will help you feel more energized throughout the day.

Keep your energy up during retirement!

Being retired means you have more time to enjoy the things you love. Make the most of it by keeping your energy levels high and talking to your Bankers Life agent about ways to secure your financial security.