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Energy Elevators

Updated on February 13, 2013

You hit 40 and there’s that slight slowing down in everything that you do. If you’re lucky, it’s so slight that you don’t even notice it. Then you hit 50 and you know you’re walking just a little bit slower, you take a few seconds more than you used to when you answer questions and it takes longer to put a meal together. That’s just the passage of time. While you can’t really reverse the process of aging, what you can do is to increase your energy levels. Here are a few practical tips on how to keep your energy flowing even as the years creep up on you.

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Straighten those shoulders


One of the main reasons for lower energy levels is those slouchy shoulders. Sit on a straight-backed chair, straighten your spine and push those shoulders back. When you are walking, too, tell yourself those shoulders need to go up and back. Suddenly, you’ll find your lungs expanding and a whole lot more air entering them. Ergo – more energy!


Stop holding your tummy in


If you have a large paunch, you need to tackle it with a combination of diet and exercise to get rid of the flab. Holding your stomach in is not the answer and can do more harm than good. When your stomach is sucked in, your diaphragm gets rigid and your lungs cannot expand to their full capacity downwards. Remember, pulling in of the tummy means less air and oxygen, therefore lower energy levels so keep those stomach muscles relaxed.

In some cases, the stomach is taut not because the person pulls it in but because of stress. The easiest way to ease up on the stress is to consciously relax the stomach. It’s amazing how you start feeling better almost immediately.


Walk light


As you grow older, you lose the spring from your step. Well, just put it back. Instead of going ‘thump, thump’, as you walk, follow the heel-toe drill. Let your heel land on the ground first then quickly and lightly transfer the weight onto your toes. This should be done in a fluid, bouncy motion. So you need to walk tall and straight and you need to walk light as well. You’ll find yourself walking faster and being able to walk a lot more.


Eat right


Don’t overstuff yourself – stop eating before you get full is the rule you should live by. Eat food that is good and nutritious – stick with fresh food and you should be fine. When you overeat and you eat food that’s rich and oily, you pay the price as you grow older. Your tummies function great when you are young even though you use them like garbage cans but with age, the tummy starts making its displeasure felt. Light meals just make you feel a lot more energetic. Otherwise a lot of your body’s energy is directed towards digesting the food leaving very little left for other activities.


Also remember to cut down on white flour foods and white sugar. Maybe now is a good time to look at alternative sweeteners – if you must have them – like honey or unrefined sugar.


Think positive


Easier said than done and you wonder why people keep saying that as though you can switch on what you want and switch off what you don’t. No – it’s not easy – not by a long shot. One of the best ways to do it is to try and fill your day with lots to do so there’s no time for those negative thoughts which wear you down and make you feel drained out. Here are a few tips:


· Take up a hobby you like – gardening, cooking, photography – something to keep your mind and hours in the days occupied.

· Join a group – people who like what you like. It could be something as simple as a group of friends who meet in the park every evening.

· Try and smile more often, even when you are alone. It’s hard to think of depressing things when you’re smiling. And you’ll find the world smiling back at you.

· Find friends you can laugh with and take in a crazy movie or play or pick up a funny DVD, invite a few friends over and have a great laugh over a couple of beers.

· Sing out loud – when you work around the house, in the shower, in the garden. Your lungs open out and the energy flows.

· Dance. Put on some music which you like when you’re alone and dance those blues away. It’s incredible how it just perks up you. Don’t go doing any fancy steps though, unless you want to end up with a plaster cast.

· Do something totally crazy – like learning to scuba dive, taking off on a cruise all by yourself, learning an obscure language, joining a salsa class. It just makes you feel new and energized.


Breathe right


Last and by far the most important, you need to practice how to breathe right. Sometimes, this is all it takes to make you feel young and full of zest again. Shoulders back, tummy relaxed, let each breath go right in. Breathe in to 4 counts, hold for 4 counts, exhale for 4 counts then pause for 2 counts. Don’t let it be a strain. Just open up your lungs and breathe in as far as it feels comfortable. When your system is well-oxygenated, you’ll feel so good. You don’t need to go pay some guru top dollar to make you feel good – you can do it sitting all by yourself in your own home.


You can advance to a bit of meditation too. Sit in a quiet place and breathe to these counts for 5 minutes. As you breathe, concentrate on your breath going in and out of your nostrils. When your attention is on your breath, the chatter in your brain stops. It’s that easy and that simple. With a bit of practice, you’ll be meditating like a pro in no time.


That’s all there is to it. There’s absolutely no way you should let age get the better of you. You can be alive and energetic as the years go by if you only put a few of these easy tips into practice.

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      Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

      Hi Pollyannalana - I totally agree - we seem to need to do so much more to keep ourselves going as the years go by, don't we?

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      Pollyannalana 7 years ago from US

      Keeping some exercise going is very important and can make so much difference, I don't even get out of bed to use the computer anymore and I get leg cramps if I dont sit up good with my legs stretched out, hard to remember I can't just twist those legs anyway I want like I use to and have them unwind as easily, lol, good hub, Im ready for some good hiking/walking exercise, starting the easier. Great hub and tips from your followers too.

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      Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

      Cris - enjoy your youth - time enough to worry later :D

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      Cris A 7 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      I have still some years to go...but I appreciate the forewarning. Might as well start early - as they say, an once of prevention is better than a pound of cure! :D

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      Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

      Yes michaelknight - finally all these are, are just tips - what we really need is positive energy from within to radiate outward. Thanks for coming by and reading.

      quicksand - great seeing you here - your energy doesn't need any more elevating, my friend :)

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      quicksand 7 years ago

      Hi Shal! Being online elevates my energy. It always does! Cheers!

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      michaelknight 7 years ago from Brighton, England

      Well done Shalini.All great tips for bringing more Positive Energy into our own lives!!! As we are all powerful energy transmitters the more positive we are in Mind, Body and Spirit the more Positive Energy we radiate out into the world which improves things for everyone!!!

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      Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

      Hi Vladmir - yes, it is, but we can do it if we only try :)

      De Greek - you sound too young at heart to ever be old!

      Story - sorry, was away - I hope you had a great time with all that snow.

      Pamela - that positive thing is perhaps the most important, wouldn't you say?

      justinskier - thank you!

      Al- appreciate you coming by and reading, as always.

      Jill - thank you - you are too filled with colour to ever grow old!

      AARON99 - thanks so much.

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      AARON99 7 years ago

      This hub is a bunch of great tips. Well done. Enjoy.

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      jill of alltrades 7 years ago from Philippines

      Hi Shalini - this sounds exactly like what I need!

      I could relate with several of your tips. I love the laughter and dancing parts best!

      Great hub!

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      Mystique1957 7 years ago from Caracas-Venezuela

      Superb, my dear Shalini...

      It is indeed an excellent hub, easy to follow with no complications whatsoever. I am bookmarking it and stumbling it! Of course it´s been rated up! Thanks for sharing!

      Warmest regards and infinite blessings,

      Al

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      justinskier 7 years ago

      Thank you! very nice hub!

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      Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

      Terrific advice and so true. I have passed that magic 40 mark and still try to think of walking light and standing straight. You'd think my now it would be totally natural. I do the being positive very well though. Great hub.

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      Barbara 7 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      Just checking in to see what you said. I was lonesome for a conversation, lol!

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      De Greek 7 years ago from UK

      At almost 62, i need all teh help I can get! Thank you fo rthis :-))

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      Vladimir Uhri 7 years ago from HubPages, FB

      Being positive, it's work.

      Thanks.

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      Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

      Thank you all for your comments.

      breakfastpop - always great to see you!

      BkCreative - I needed the pep talk too :)

      Hello, hello - I hope you find them useful

      FP - you don't need them yet - you're young every which way!

      Ann - I appreciate you reading.

      oliversmum - here's to more spring in all our aging steps :)

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      oliversmum 7 years ago from australia

      Shalini Kagal. Hi. What a great hub with terrific information, some of these tips I do now, some I need to do. so will try them all, and look forward to getting the spring back in my step. Thank you for sharing with us. :) :)

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      Ann Nonymous 7 years ago from Virginia

      Shalini! This is really good advice and written so well! Thanks for sharing and challenging us!

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      Feline Prophet 7 years ago

      Ah, I'm exactly midway between 40 and 50 and it's beginning to tell! Thanks for all the tips, Shal - you've put the spring back in my step! :)

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for your great tips and there so easy to follow.

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      All good healthy tips - and they are free! We can do this!

      Thanks for this hub - it is like a good pep talk!

      Bookmarked!!!

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      breakfastpop 7 years ago

      Terrific advice. I am going to follow every word.

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      Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

      Thank you for coming by Storytellersrus - appreciate it so much. Yes, a mantra is such a wonderful way to start the day - and counting one's blessings just keeps the contentment levels high. I love your focus on grace - yes, it's what makes us remember why we are alive!

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      Barbara 7 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      Shalini, I totally agree that 50 is a life changing decade. Your suggestions hit home with me. My mother always demanded that I hold in my stomach and recently I found that this was throwing off my alignment! I am a slow learner. Holding shoulders back in an instant changes my perspective! I have also found that having a morning mantra, like a Trust Affirmation, works on my attitude. Attitude makes such a difference to me. If I begin the day with a word of inspiration, it seems to feed me the rest of that day. But this must be a daily practice because my memory is suffering as I age, lol!!! My focus on grace has helped me remember why I am alive. This, too, is something that slips from my grasp as my children leave the nest and I become "just another retired mom!" Thanks for all the thoughts and as always, the inspiration. I know what I will find when I come to your hubs and I appreciate you.

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      Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

      Thank you Anjali! No, it doesn't sound weird - I have a voice inside me - stern sometimes that tells me to sit up straight! Appreciate you coming by and reading :)

      Hi VioletSun - thanks for reading - as always! It's always great to see you drop by!

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      VioletSun 7 years ago from Oregon/ Name: Marie

      I confess I was slouching in my chair as I was reading and straightened my shoulders as soon as you mentioned the importance of straight shoulders. I see by Anjali's comments it also caught her attention,LOL! I like the tips, especially the one on walking, as I want to have a spring in my step for years to come. Have bookmarked this hub!

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      anjalichugh 7 years ago from New York

      Excellent read! I can so much relate to that shoulder exercise you mentioned. It's as if someone whispers in my ear time and again..."sit straight" and I push my shoulders back. Sounds weird? You have an amazing knack of making things simple and doable. All of us can see that you've made a significant contribution to HP by writing such useful hubs. :)Keep writing. God bless.

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      Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

      Peace and energy to you too katiem2 - thanks for reading.

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      katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

      Super informative and very timely, nows the time for us to all get up and outdoors and fit for summer! Peace :)

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      Shalini Kagal 7 years ago from India

      Aya - I'm sure you bounce along and I think you have a long way to go before you need energy tips :D Thanks for coming by!

      Diana - just that little bit of energy makes it the best time of our lives! Haha - yes, I guess both men and women are guilty of the 'tummy in' trick!

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      dianacharles 7 years ago from India

      You are so right Shalini...my body seems to be slowing down and it takes a little more time for me to find the right word which is tucked away in the deep recesses of my memory.

      I am however hopeful when I hear women talk about how the 50's has turned out to be the best time of their lives.

      Will remember to walk with a bounce and T-A--L-L.

      I think guys tend to suck in their tummies when they walk past those pretty young lasses. Do women also do the same for men? :P

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      Aya Katz 7 years ago from The Ozarks

      Shalini, these are all great tips! Here's to feeling and acting young and full of energy!