BY Cade Fields-Gardner
July 06 2007 12:00 AM ET
Drink It In
Your body can't function well if it doesn't have the water needed to complete all of those chemical reactions required to do its job and keep your energy levels at their best.
Heed Mom's Advice
• Get a good variety of foods at each meal every day.
• Concentrate on low-fat, high-fiber foods.
• Get to and maintain a rock-solid good weight.
Move It! Move It!
• Get out those stretch bands and get some exercise. Being bed-bound can lead to 'deconditioning' pretty fast, so don't let much time slip by before you become active again.
• If you are feeling too tired to exercise, you should know that even very mild exercise can help counter that tired feeling'and start you on the road to recovery if you have been sick.
• Aerobic exercise can improve fitness and fatigue levels.
• Consider asking for a referral for physical therapy to incorporate the activity you need to maintain both body function and energy levels.
Beer Before Whiskey?
•It takes longer to recover from a night of binging on alcohol as you grow older. Fatigue can set in during the process.
•Consider dropping back to one glass of wine or one drink per day or even less often.
• Alcohol can also cause dehydration, making matters worse. Unless you need the calories to help maintain your weight, go with water, sparkling water, or some other noncaloric hydrating beverage. If you do need the calories, you can go for juices and such.
Pitch the Puff
Stop smoking! OK, it can be easier said than done, but getting rid of the smoking burden can improve your energy levels, even if it is only by allowing your body to get the oxygen it craves.