Sparking your natural energy
As our body ages it still needs energy to function – whether it’s to work, exercise or for our family and social life – virtual or otherwise. All factors which contribute to our mental wellbeing.
Physical activity is thought to cause chemical changes in the brain which can help to positively change our mood. It also enhances a sense of greater self-esteem, self-control, and the ability to rise to a challenge.
What kind of exercise could you do?
Two forms of exercise¹ that are most important to focus on include aerobic exercise or cardio and strength training – key to getting your heart and muscles pumping. There are many alternatives to visiting a gym. For example, try exercising outside if you can. Perhaps you could do this virtually with a friend? And walking, jogging and cycling are great ways to keep your fitness levels up, especially in good weather.
How can supplements help?
It can be harder to remain energised as we get older – not only due to busy lifestyles but also because of the reduced production of the body’s natural resource to create cellular energy including Coenzyme Q10 or Co-Q-10 – the body’s energy spark plug. It drives the conversion of glucose into energy, which we use to power our metabolism and other important organs such as the heart – and is now widely used as a nutritional supplement.
How does exercise help our state of mind?
All adaptive physical activity can help increase levels of the “feel good” chemicals, endorphins and serotonin.
No matter what activity you choose or what intensity you exercise at, every little bit can be beneficial to give you more zest for life.
Doing something physical releases cortisol, the chemical which helps us manage stress.
All forms of exercise can really help improve the quality of your sleep and how long you sleep for.
Recent studies at the University of British Columbia in Canada reveal that regular aerobic exercise (such as Nordic walking) appears to boost the size of the hippocampus in older women – the brain area involved in verbal memory and learning.²