Feeling Exhausted? Here’s How To Have More Energy After Age 50

As people age, they lose energy. Genetics, health conditions, and environmental factors can deteriorate muscle mass over time. As hormones shift and lifestyle habits change, adults may struggle to keep up with the everyday hustle and bustle. But there are ways to get your energy back.

Do naps help or harm your energy? Is there an ideal exercise you should be doing? Can doing chores improve your vitality? All of these questions are answered here. Learn how to gain more energy as an older adult.

A “Sugar High” Leads To A Crash

Adults compete in the donut fast eating championships.
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If you’re struggling with your energy levels, re-examine how much sugar you’re eating. According to recent research in Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, a “sugar high” actually does more harm than good. After analyzing 31 studies, scientists found that a high-sugar diet leads to fatigue, a low mood, and reduced alertness.

“If anything, sugar consumption might make people more tired and less alert shortly after its consumption,” says lead study author Konstantinos Mantantzis. Check the ingredients of processed foods, as they often sneak in added sugar.