Some days, do you feel like the Energizer Bunny with a weak battery? You start strong, but by midafternoon you can’t quite keep going and going. Fatigue afflicts everyone at one time or another, especially as you get older, but there are ways to get the most mileage from your battery.
1. Pace yourself Go-getters like to keep going, but with a smaller overall energy reserve, you risk overtaxing yourself. If you pace yourself, you can still keep doing what you need to get done. You can choose to use the energy in different ways. Instead of burning through all your battery life in two hours, spread it out between morning tasks, afternoon tasks, and evening activities – with rest and meals between.
2. Take a walk or a nap There’s nothing more satisfying than a short power nap when you’re pooped out. But for people who struggle to get enough sleep at night, napping can make the insomnia worse. Instead, get moving. Get up and walk around the block, or just get up and move around. If you are not an insomniac, enjoy that 20- to 30-minute power nap.
3. Skip most supplements You may have heard about energy-boosting or “anti-aging” supplements like DHEA. There is no evidence they work. And unless you are low in iron, you don’t need to take it, and getting too much iron can be harmful. And while it is true that B vitamins (B1, B2, B6, B12) help the body convert food into the form of energy that cells can burn, taking more B vitamins doesn’t supercharge your cells. That’s a myth.
4. Eat long-lasting fuel A sugary bakery roll delivers plenty of calories, but your body tends to metabolize them faster, and then you can end up with sinking blood sugar and fatigue. Instead, try low- fat yogurt with a sprinkling of nuts, raisins, and honey. Your body will take in the carb-fibre-protein mix more gradually. Eat a breakfast and a lunch that include complex carbohydrates and protein. Don’t skip meals. Your body needs a certain number of calories to get through the work of the day.