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How To Keep Your Energy Level High All Day

How To Keep Your Energy Level High All Day

How To Keep Your Energy Level High All Day

If your energy level varies from high to low during the day, making adjustments to your diet can help.

According to Weill Cornell Medical Center, food increases energy in three ways. It provides enough calories for your body to run; it delivers stimulants like caffeine; and it pushes your metabolism to burn fuel more efficiently.

Complex carbs

Foods that are high in complex carbohydrates and low in fats are ideal to promote, increase and level out energy. They are found in whole grains, peas, beans and vegetables like carrots, broccoli, green peppers and tomatoes.

These foods also contain fiber, which slows digestion, providing you with a steady supply of energy throughout the day. Fiber is found in beans, whole fruits, vegetables and whole grain bread and cereal.

One caution: Never go more than three or four hours without eating something, because that will bring a big drop in energy. Always eat breakfast. To save time, try a whole wheat bagel or toast with peanut butter, a hard-boiled egg or whole grain cereal.

Simple carbs

Foods that are high in simple carbohydrates make your energy spike, then plunge soon thereafter. They include candy, foods made with refined flour, such as bread, crackers, cookies, and some cereals and deserts.

Animal and dairy products that are high in fats can slow you down and make you feel sluggish.

Seniors Swim Their Way To Health

Seniors Swim Their Way To Health

Seniors Swim Their Way To Health

High blood pressure, bad balance, arthritis — these are common problems for seniors.

Still, all the experts say you should get out there and exercise.

If traditional exercise just hurts, why not try swimming?

Swimming is the ideal exercise for people with joint and muscle pain. The buoyant water takes the pain out of much exercise. Even walking in the water is good exercise and much less painful than pounding the pavement.

It improves balance. Joel Stager, director of the Counsilman Center for the Science of Swimming at Indiana University’s School of Public Health, told Senior Planet that older swimmers have much better balance than their non-swimming contemporaries.

Not only that, but their muscle mass is better maintained and they have fewer cardiovascular risk factors than non-swimmers.

In fact, according to Cardiovascular Aging Research Laboratory at the University of Texas at Austin, swimming is very effective at lowering blood pressure.

If you are ready to start your swimming program, start small. Some public pools have pool walking classes. Or you might just start by swimming as far as you can, then resting, then starting again. Your stamina will build up over time.

When it does, you’ll have the meditative experience of immersion in a blue world.

These days you can even customize that world with waterproof music headphones and fitness bracelets to count your movements.

Hair tip for swimmers

According to New York City journalist Stacy Horn, a committed swimmer, you can minimize the effects of chlorine on your hair this way. Before swimming, wet your hair, cover it with conditioner and wear a bathing cap.