Four Great Energy Boosters For Seniors
For many seniors, one of the many challenges that comes with aging has to do with diminished energy. A loss of energy is very common in seniors, but that doesn’t mean that there aren’t things that seniors can do in order to regain that energy and vitality that they have lost.
These safe, natural and effective energy boosters can help seniors get that extra vigor they have been lacking so that they can continue to make the most of their golden years.
- Get Cardiovascular Exercise
A brisk walk is a great way for seniors to get a natural boost of energy while promoting their metabolism. Plus, walking is an easy and low-impact exercise that virtually any senior can do. If your elderly loved one is looking for an additional boost they can try swimming, aerobics or even dancing.
A strong, fast-acting metabolism means more energy and there is no better way to boost the metabolism than through exercise.
- Drink Water
Hydration is key to keeping seniors feeling energized and ready to take on the day. Seniors are prone to dehydration and need more water than ever in order for their systems to stay up and running as it should be. It doesn’t have to stop at water either, consider introducing fresh fruit juices, herbal teas and fruits such as watermelon to their diet.
- Add Protein and Magnesium to the Diet
Seniors who often feel lethargic or groggy often do so because of their poor diet. If your loved one is eating a lot of junk food, sugar, breads and carbohydrates, they may feel tired and run down, because their body isn’t getting the nutrients that it needs. Replace these heavy foods with proteins like beans, chicken, fish and protein drinks, they give the body a healthy and natural source of energy.
Magnesium is another great source of energy and it can be found in whole grains, almonds, walnuts and nuts. Proper nutrition is like fuel for the body, so seniors need to make sure they are getting the right fuel for their bodies.
It may seem like a rather obvious suggestion, but it is one that is worth mentioning. If seniors don’t have enough energy during the day—they may just need more sleep. A majority of seniors suffer from sleep related issues. Plus, seniors are much more likely to have insomnia than any other age group. Create a strict sleep routine for your senior loved one, make sure their bedroom is quiet, dark and comfortable and replace watching television before bed with a relaxing pre-sleep ritual like a bath.
Low energy is an inevitable physical side effect of aging. Keep these natural and effective boosters for seniors in mind, if you are looking for a way to help your elderly loved one regain some of the energy that they have lost. They can really go a long way in improving the life of any senior, no matter how much they are struggling to maintain their former stamina.
- Lori Thomas has decades of experience as a caregiver. Her writing for SeniorAdvice.com is informed by years of research as well as hands-on family experience caring for her now late mother, who had chronic health issues for most of her life. Lori is an integral part of the SeniorAdvice.com management team, acting as Vice President of Marketing and Chief Editor.
- 2020.02.20General Senior LivingYour Guide to Long-Distance Grandparenting
- 2020.02.20General Senior LivingHome Design Tips for People Struggling With Sight
- 2020.02.20General Senior LivingSpring Cleaning Tips for Seniors
- 2020.02.20General Senior Living16 Great Exercises Seniors Can Do Outside This Spring