Are you ready to achieve ultimate vitality and become even more productive than before? Below is a list of ways that you can try to help increase energy levels after 50. Better energy levels can help improve testosterone levels, metabolism, muscle mass, and even sexual drive. These health issues can be easily tackled with some very simple wellness steps.
Having Adequate Sleep
It may sound obvious but having inadequate sleep each night can cause your energy levels to drop which causes low hormone production. With age, experiencing insomnia becomes more common. This is especially true for older adults who are suffering from age-related health issues like incontinence, arthritis pain, poor prostate health, and others. These symptoms cause us pain which can keep us up all night. To try sleeping for six to seven hours per night, try one of the following options:
- Meditation and relaxation
- Avoid caffeine or alcohol after 2 pm
- No electronics at least 30 minutes before bedtime
- Ensure your sleeping environment is conducive; draw the curtains and put on a nice, warm blanket
Napping has also been shown to prevent energy burnout and boost brainpower which you can take during the day if you do not feel well-rested in the morning.
Losing Weight and Getting Lean
Excess belly fat can support estrogen production which can cause a decline in libido, testosterone, and energy levels. Estrogen can also make you gain more weight which may push you further into an endless cycle of fat-estrogen rotation. Mass muscle also starts to decline after the age of 30 which can prevent you from keeping your metabolism and testosterone high. Losing weight and getting lean have been shown to reduce estrogen and increase testosterone which means you will have more energy and higher libido. The best way to lose weight effectively is to gain muscle through high-intensity workouts to burn more calories. Check with your doctor if your body can withstand high-intensity activities before trying out.
Reducing Alcohol Intake
Alcohol can inhibit your body’s natural metabolic processes as it reduces testosterone production. Beer is especially estrogenic which can cause you to gain weight that in turn lowers your testosterone levels. Reduce your alcohol intake to lower the number of calories you consume to reduce the amount of estrogen produced by your body.
Eating Healthy Fats
Healthy fats are important to support energy and testosterone levels. They can be found mainly in nuts, avocados, coconut oil, and olive oil which are rich in polyunsaturated, monounsaturated, and omega-3 fatty acids. They are also available in a variety of green, leafy vegetables and fish as well as almonds and other nuts. At Discovery Village At Melbourne, our residents enjoy restaurant-style dining that caters to their dietary requirements for well-balanced meals daily.
Try Intermittent Fasting
Abstain from food for up to 24 hours several times each week. An alternative approach is to practice intermittent fasting which involves fasting for 16 hours and limiting yourself to 3 meals over the remaining 8 hours. Fasting helps to reset your body and it can confuse your body into detoxing toxins and shedding extra pounds.