As we get older, and daily tasks become more burdensome, it’s easy to assume that fatigue is a normal part of aging. Common among seniors, a Columbia University study found that a lack of energy is linked to other health problems like joint pain and poor physical function. The study also reported an increase in hospital visits for seniors who had a lack of energy. Fatigue and low energy can greatly affect a senior’s quality of life. However, there are simple, everyday activities that can combat fatigue and renew a person’s energy level.
Many older adults don’t get enough water each day. Dehydration can cause low energy, weakness, and can even slow down a person’s metabolism. Drinking eight glasses of water and consuming foods high in water content will keep you feeling healthy and refreshed. Remember, fluids high in caffeine and sugar don’t keep you hydrated and can actually make you feel more tired. Stick to clear fluids!
Eat What Fuels You
Eating the right types of food is an important step in maintaining healthy energy levels. Prepare meals that are high in protein and nutrients for fuel throughout the day. Foods like fish, chicken, spinach, and other dark green vegetables give the body energy and endurance.
Physical activities such as walking, yoga, or jumping rope help to wake up your body while engaging your muscles. Not only does exercise fight fatigue, but it also encourages a healthy weight and prevents diseases and illnesses. Remember to choose exercises that are gently on your joints if you have Osteoporosis or suffer from pain.
Engage in Social Activities
Older adults who spend a lot of time alone will often feel more tired than those who are consistently surrounded by and interact with other people. Joining social clubs, like bridge or book clubs, or spending time with friends and family will leave you feeling happy and content.
Getting a good night’s sleep might seem obvious, but there are many adults who fail to get enough rest. The recommended amount of sleep is between six and eight hours each day. Going to sleep at a regular time each night will help you feel rested for the next day.
At our Carespring nursing home and skilled rehabilitation facilities in Dayton, Cincinnati, and Northern Kentucky, we always want our residents feeling energized and ready for each day! What’s helping you fight fatigue?