As we age, our metabolism naturally starts to slow down. We might see a decrease in our energy levels as well. Luckily, there are some changes we can make to our lifestyle to help boost our energy levels.
Have you noticed that your energy levels have been a bit lower lately? Lower energy levels can often be linked to a lower metabolism. As we age, our metabolism naturally starts to slow down. In order to overcome this natural decline, we can make some small changes to our lifestyle and see an improvement in our energy levels, mood and overall health.
Get enough sleep
The first thing you can do to help improve your energy levels is get enough sleep. The average adult needs seven to eight hours of sleep each night. A good way to determine an appropriate bedtime is to take the time you have to wake up in the morning and count backward seven to eight hours. That is the time you should aim to go to sleep. Limit electronics in the bedroom and establish a good nighttime routine to help you fall asleep faster.
Try a metabolism-focused diet
Incorporating a diet that is designed to repair and maintain a healthy metabolism is a great way to boost your energy levels. One such diet is the Fast Metabolism Diet by nutritionist Haylie Pomroy. The Fast Metabolism Diet is a 28-day plan that helps you rest your metabolism via a three phase system. It focuses on whole foods that fuel your system in the best possible way.
Don’t skip breakfast
Many adults mistakenly skip the first meal of the day, either because they don’t feel like they have the time for it or they think it is a way to lose weight. However, this wrecks your metabolism and can lower your energy levels all day long. Instead, eating a breakfast within 30 minutes of waking helps to jump-start your metabolism for the day and provide you with the energy you need to make the day great.
Proper hydration has been shown to reduce fatigue, and it’s an important factor in overall health. You should aim to drink half your body weight in ounces of water a day. Adding fruit to your water to give it some flavor is a great trick to get your water intake up. Drinking a glass of ice cold water in the morning can help kick-start your metabolism for the day as well.
A consistent exercise routine is a proven way to increase your energy levels. Exercise also releases endorphins in your body, can improve mood and lowers your stress levels. Incorporating high-intensity interval exercise and weight lifting is a great way to shake things up.
So if you’re feeling overfatigued, take a minute and evaluate your daily routine and see if any of the above lifestyle changes could help you boost your energy levels.