This was so me back a few months ago. Tired all the time. Went to work got home and just wanted to do nothing. I had no energy left for the kids and housework (which didn’t bother me much). I hated having no energy. I was not performing at my best at work or at home, and it bothered me.
When I was younger, I had an abundant amount of energy. Younger meaning 20’s and 30’s and early 40’s. I was always active, doing things. Loved being with my kids and wanting to be an active parent. But something zapped my energy.
I looked inside myself, was it not eating properly, not enough exercise, eating the wrong foods, did I need more sleep, too much stress or was I just aging and didn’t want to admit it.
Well, after careful evaluation I had to admit that it was all the above. I couldn’t do anything about my aging, but I could do something about how I aged.
It took discipline and motivation and what happened in a few short weeks was amazing. I got my energy back and slowly over the next five months lost 20 lbs of fat and gained lots of muscle. I feel amazing, and my energy is coming back.
I will never have the energy that I had in my 20’s or even my 30’s but I am approaching my 50’s, and I have an amazing amount of energy left over for hiking, cycling, meditating and of course my teenage kids.
What I find incredibly awesome is our bodies are a renewable energy source. We exert energy, and we get more than we exert back if we treat our body’s well. It’s a wonderful return on investment.
Here are some fantastic habits to get into to increase your energy.
1. Get More Exercise
Yes you have heard this before, easier said than done, but it is so important. Find something you enjoy doing that increases your heart rate, builds muscle, and increases your flexibility. It may take some time but experiment. Remember you don’t have to do the same thing every day.
One day you can go to Yoga, the next a cardio training such as spin class and the next a muscle building program. You may want to throw in some running if you are able, cycling or some hiking outside. What did you like to do in your teens or 20’s? However, remember you are no longer 20 so take it easy.
2. Eat nutrient dense food
Nourish your body. Stay away from refined sugar, flour, and processed foods. I’m sure you have heard that before. Plan your meals and your snacks, that way you know what you have to eat and the ingredients are bought and ready to use.
This also saves money and time. It’s a great habit to get into. This is also a good spot for me to say keep the junk food out of the house. I plan my junk food for Fridays, this day I make a special purchase. If it’s not in the house, then I would have to go to a variety store and pay 3 times what I would in the grocery store … and who wants to do that. But sometimes the craving is so intense that I can’t control it, so I go put on my pj’s … there is no way am I going out in public with my jammies on. Whatever works right!
3. Get Restful Sleep
We need to recharge, repair and re-energize our bodies. And in order to do so, we need to get a deep 8-hour restorative sleep. Go to bed a little earlier, eat well and get some exercise helps you get a good night’s sleep. If you are married or have a partner sex works to get a restful sleep … just saying. You may also need to get a new mattress if it is uncomfortable. Shop around and get one that works for you.
4. Do Stimulating Work
If you are not doing work that stimulates the brain, it drains your energy. Look for opportunities to make your work more stimulating and rewarding. There maybe opportunities to increase your skills at the company you work for, and often they can be free. Look for the “ideal” job or better yet create your own. Whatever it maybe you need to stimulate your mind.
5. Practice Active living
Get outside more. Go for a walk in the park, on a trail, on the beach, breath in the fresh air. This will do wonders for your physical, mental and emotional health.
6. Take Time For Yourself
This was super hard for me when my kids were growing up. Having 7 made life really busy and I could hardly go to the washroom without someone knocking on the door wanting something. I never saw the importance of this until about 10 years ago. It doesn’t have to be a long time, even an hour every morning before the kids get out of bed makes a huge difference. If you are lucky enough to be able to get away for an evening walk by yourself or take a spa weekend a couple of times a year that would be awesome. A massage, pedicure whatever you think is good for you. I would suggest all the above at different times of the year, month or day.
Make sure you are drinking enough water. Coffee, wine, pop or other alcoholic drinks don’t count. Bring a water bottle to work with you and refill it. You will find yourself peeing a bit more at first but once your body is used to the amount of water you are drinking the urge will decrease.
8. Don’t Over Eat
How many times do you eat a big meal and feel like sleeping on the sofa? Eat just enough to satisfy your hunger, eat slowly so you know when enough is enough. Make your meals well rounded with protein, veggies, and good carbs. When you are done get away from the table, put the food away, so you don’t nibble.
9. Have Good Relationships
with your spouse/partner/significant other, family, friends and work relationships. Relationships can stimulate you or drag you down. Be around those who give you life, uplift, encourage and empower you. But remember in order to get that from people you need to be that person for others as well. If you are negative people won’t want to be around you either.
10. Practice Good Thoughts And Be Grateful
Think good thoughts about yourself, we are our own worst enemy. Think of all the good qualities we have, all the abilities, all the wins you have had in the past. Think “yes I can do this”. Whether it’s losing weight, taking a course, changing jobs/careers, taking a spin class. You are better than you think. You need to be kind to yourself.
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