It is never too late to take steps to improve your energy level at any age. As we get older, this becomes especially important. Here are a few ways you can increase your energy level and get more out of your senior living years.
Any activity that generates deep breathing through your abdomen will help boost your metabolic rate. One of the best ways to do this is by walking. If you are not used to exercising, start off slowly and wear a comfortable pair of walking shoes. Walking is something you can incorporate into your schedule anywhere, anytime. If you are ready to move on to other exercises, try water aerobics, dancing or using a jump rope. Activities like Yoga or Tai Chi can help you improve your balance. Exercise programs may be available for those in assisted living in Oklahoma City like those offered at Village at Oakwood. Whichever form of exercise you choose, what’s important is to keep moving.
Make sure you are eating right. Eating too many carbohydrates during the day can make you feel sleepy. Try eating more high protein foods like chicken, turkey, fish, beans, nuts and seeds, and skip the products made with white flour like bread, cookies and noodles. Stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water or non-caffeinated tea. Additionally, you’ll want to make sure you are getting the right vitamins in your system. Check with your doctor to find out if you have any vitamin deficiencies and ask which supplements are best for maintaining flexibility and healthy bones.
Some of the best ways to reduce your stress level is to do something you enjoy. Make time to engage in your favorite hobby or learn a new one. Many enjoy gardening, quilting or meditation. Social interaction is also important. Stay in contact with friends and family or make new friends. Join activities or give back to the community by becoming a volunteer. For those in assisted living in Oklahoma City, your community may schedule events that fit your interests. For example, the life-enrichment activities and socials held at Village at Oakwood can provide opportunity for relaxation and social engagement.
Brain boosting activities like puzzles or games can fuel your mind and help improve your memory. Take a class, learn a new language or learn to play an instrument. Exercising your brain is just as important as exercising your body.
If you are a senior living at home or in assisted care, you know insomnia or getting too little sleep can be a real problem as we age. Get into a good habit of going to bed around the same time each night and be sure there are no distractions. Sleep comes more easily when the room is dark and quiet. It’s important to shut off the computer and television an hour before you are ready to go to bed. Any type of lighted screen or too much lighting in your bedroom can keep your body from preparing for sleep.
If you are looking for an assisted living community that focuses on treating seniors with dignity and respect, contact us at Village at Oakwood in Oklahoma City.