The last few months, a number of people have remarked that I seem to have a lot of energy for my age (70 in less than two years). Or they have asked me, “From where do you get all your energy?” I have always been a high energy person. I don’t know if it’s in the genes, but I do believe that a lot of it has to do with one’s state of mind. There is a principle in life that in order to receive you need to give (the law of reciprocity). It applies whether we are talking about money, relationships or exercise.
I still feel that I have energy to burn, so here is the formula or regime that I follow. It may not work for you, or you may take a few pointers and use it in your life. So, here we go:
I. I sleep 5 to 6 hours a night. This statement may seem counterintuitive as we are told we need to sleep 8 hours a night. Who created that rule? I have not slept 8 hours a night since I was a teenager. We are all different. I know of people who only need four hours while some need nine.
2. I eat 3 meals a day—every day—with a balance of the food groups. I do avoid spicy food and drink only a minimal amount of alcohol. My weight has not fluctuated more than three kilos in the last 50 years.
3. Swimming – Two kilometers, three times a week.
4. Pilates and Weight Routine – A sequence of four different Pilates exercises using a tension band. A weight regime using, four different exercises. I do each one 10 times with four repeats. On the fourth repetition, I continue until the muscles fatigue.
5. Cycling – two times a week.
6. Meditate – 10 minutes a day.
7. Gratitude – Each day I give thanks for what life has given me.
8. Purpose – Focusing on what I am here for is very important. When I am aligned with this, it gives me a reason to get out of bed and it instills energy.
9. Regular chiropractic care – To maintain the integrity of my spine and nervous system.
10. Supplements – Each day I use a product called Living Green, which is a herb and vitamin complex that enhances my energy levels,
11. Lots of…..(censored). Sorry to embarrass the kids.
Your regime may be totally different or you may not have one, but remember to do something. If you are feeling lethargic and haven’t exercised for some time, starting is half the battle. You will change your physiology and state of mind. You can do this at any age!
Editor’s Note: Dr Adele Thomas, semi-retired medical doctor and Dr Ely Lazar, retired chiropractor, are on a new mission as the Passionate Retirees. They are dedicated to inspiring the over 50s to live fulfilling and adventurous lives, so that “the twilight years will be the highlight years”. Their book, “Travel Secrets For Seniors” was released in early 2014. With more than 80 years combined of professional experience, their articles, books and workshops cover a range of topics from travel, health, relationships, sexuality and finances for seniors.
“Adele and Ely have always impressed me with their exceptional knowledge, professionalism and positive attitude. Mention their name and the one word that always comes up is respect.” – John Ross, Master Networker