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3 tips for naturally boosting your energy

September 5, 2014

You may notice a lag in energy at certain points throughout the day. While a cup of coffee may be all you need to get started in the morning, it's not always a good idea to turn to caffeine each time you need a boost. There are many natural ways to get your body and mind to perk up so you can make the most of each day and truly enjoy your retirement.

1. Fuel your body appropriately

Eating the right foods is essential to a healthy lifestyle for seniors. A natural pick me up, vitamin B converts food into energy and is found in foods like eggs and edamame, reported Men's Health. Before you start feeling bogged down, snack on foods rich in that vitamin to supply your body with the nutrients it needs to sustain your momentum and help prevent any dips in energy. For similar reasons, Real Simple recommended eating small meals throughout the day, which may be a better alternative to eating larger meals less frequently, as it helps keep blood sugar levels from spiking or declining. 

2. Choose water over caffeine

Both coffee and water can give you an energy boost, but only one of them can be bad for your health. According to Real Simple, the more caffeine a person consumes, the more he or she needs to feel its affects. Instead of turning to coffee for a quick pick-me-up, make sure you're staying hydrated with water and other fluids to curb exhaustion and keep your body functioning properly. Aim for a minimum of four cups of water each day. Since it's easy to lose track, it may be beneficial to invest in a thermos that measures your fluid intake. Not only could it encourage you to drink water throughout the day, but it's also more eco-friendly than using plastic bottles.

3. Get enough rest

It may seem obvious that getting enough sleep is closely tied to your energy levels the next day, but many still overlook the major role shut-eye can play in healthy aging. Today recommended getting at least seven hours of good sleep and avoiding alcohol before bed, as it can affect the quality of your rest. If you didn't sleep well the previous night, it's important to rest when you feel tired. Pushing yourself when you're exhausted can be harmful to your health and make you more prone to injury if you're participating in physical activity. Aim to recharge earlier in the afternoon so it doesn't affect your ability to fall back to sleep at a more appropriate time.