Looking For Energy? It May Be in Your Muscles(1)

Do you find yourself needing an extra cup of coffee these days, or taking a nap to get an extra energy burst? Retaining energy throughout the day without a few extra steps becomes tricky as we age, and a surveys show that you’re not alone.(1)

In certain studies conducted by researchers at Abbott, it was found that even though a majority of seniors viewed themselves in good health, over 50% said they wished they had more energy to perform and participate in activities they enjoy. It could be simply keeping up with a grandchild in the house, or going for bike ride with a few friends.(1)

The good news is that all is not lost. With some simple lifestyle changes, you’ll be on your way to long-lasting strength and energy, defying allothers and proving that age isn’t a limiting factor. Consider this your energy intervention.(1)

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1. Activate Energy with Activity(1)
Physics will tell you - A body in motion, stays in motion. Studies show that older adults who are inactive lose endurance, strength, balance and flexibility, all key elements of a healthy life. It is highly recommended that adults exercise for at least 30 minutes a day; for those aged 65 and older who are generally fit, 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week should be sufficient.(1)

Consider walking, swimming or cycling as they are known to improve strength, flexibility and balance. For those looking for a more ambitious goal – did you know that people 40 years and older make up 40 to 50 percent of the people who finish marathons within their gender group? This clearly proves that age does not dictate how active we can be.(1,2)

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2. Watch Your Portions and Protein
Protein is critical in helping rebuild muscle, but, as we age our bodies absorb nutrients like protein differently. While we may know the types of food that are good, not many know how much they should eat. For instance, a survey showed that 62% thought they were consuming sufficient protein, but only 17% knew how much was actually needed. Where an average 70 kg adult needs roughly 55gms of protein, an older adult will need nearly twice as much.(1,3) Fruits, vegetables, lean meats, dairy and other protein-rich foods constitute a well-balanced and complete diet with nutrients that maximize strength and energy.(1)

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3. Muscle Up
Adults naturally start losing muscle around age 40, and this number can accelerate with an illness and injury. This accelerated muscle loss can make recovery more difficult and more so, impact your energy levels. While muscle loss is inevitable as we age, the good news is that it’s reversible with the right balance of proper nutrition and exercise. By investing in the health of your muscles now will help you continue to do the things you love and live a healthier, more active life at any age.(1,4)

Making small daily nutritional changes can make a big impact on living a healthier, more active life.(4)

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