- You’ve just turned 30 and you wonder why you feel less energetic than before.
- The body does slow down after 30 but it doesn’t mean you’re past it, in terms of energy and vitality.
- You may not be able to reverse wear-and-tear but there’s much you can do to reclaim the lost vitality that you used to have. Understanding why you feel less energetic and making changes to your lifestyle just might make the difference.
You blow the candles off the cake marking your thirtieth birthday with your friends. All is bliss, you’re making good money, settled down and you’re feeling great. But something is troubling you deep inside. You contemplate how fast time flew by. You also think about the state of your body. It just isn’t the same as it was 5 years ago. You can’t say what’s wrong but you instinctively feel a lag in your step.
So will you sulk or fight the lag? We don’t have to surrender to aging and we have unique ways of fighting back. At Vitamode, we believe in finding what powers you, which is why we are launching the Stay Active Campaign over the coming months. Stay tuned to our website for more details.
Downhill after 30?
It is true that your body slows down after 30. Your body’s full potential typically peaks in your mid-late 20s. However, using the term ‘downhill’ is probably not an accurate one. What generally happens is your body becomes more energy-efficient at doing things. Think of it like a car running on ‘economy’ mode. If you ran your car at full throttle all the time, it would break down very quickly.
So your body dials down the power to preserve itself. The powerhouses of your cells, called the mitochondria experience wear-and-tear as you get older. Hence, you may feel less energetic. But it isn’t doom and gloom. Sure, it might dent your ego because you can’t party like you used to or recover from your 20k run as quickly but it’s simply your body managing wear-and-tear.
What can you do?
You can’t reverse wear-and-tear but you can at the very least, slow it down and reclaim some of that lost energy. Here are some things you can think about:
- Know thy enemy. Try and identify the causes of your energy decline. Stress and anxiety are a major energy-drainer and party-pooper. It can take the joy out of life and the things you enjoy. Learn to manage your stress and rearrange your life priorities to find the right balance. It isn’t easy but it’s not impossible.
- You-are-what-you-eat. Examine your diet closely. You might just discover that tweaking your eating habits will give you significantly better energy levels. For example, cutting back on your sugar indulgences will prevent ‘sugar crashes’ that make you feel listless and tired. You don’t have to give them up, just be reasonable.
- If you have a caffeine habit, keep your consumption in check. If you’re a 10-cup-a-day person (like I was), halve your habit. Caffeine gives us a boost but once its effects wear off, you become grumpy, tired and irritable. Take a tip from a recovering addict.
- Stay active. If you want to feel energetic, you have to burn energy. Exercise helps get your blood going and increase your metabolism. It also gets your body to release endorphins which make you feel good. You don’t have to run a marathon, take the stairs instead of the elevator or park further away. It may just do the trick. If you’re stuck at your workstation all day, make an effort to stand up and walk around for a few minutes.
- A turbo button. What if I told you there was a button that could turn you as energetic as the Energizer Bunny? Perhaps a slight exaggeration but there is one. Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a naturally-occurring compound in your cells. Concentrated in the mitochondria, it gives you energy and acts as an anti-oxidant. As you get older, you produce less CoQ10 which may lead to your lagging feeling. And boy do we have just the thing for you, our CoQ10 Ubiquinol 100mg Softgel is a more potent form of CoQ10. It might just help you unleash energy you never thought you had.
Your body might want to slow down a bit but you don’t have to surrender everything and languish on your rocking chair. With the right techniques and tools you can continue to live life to fullest. So do something about it today!