If you are reading this inside the United States, you are probably aware that popular culture nowadays is a “quick fix” mindset. We want a pill or quick fix to everything, ignoring the deeper problems that cause whatever discomfort or ailment that we might be suffering from. This tendency to just bury problems with fast solutions causes the problems to pile up, and we become ticking time bombs.
As the body ages, cellular processes continually require the recycling of nutrients and energy to operate efficiently. As we age, especially after age 25, our hormonal systems begin to slow. Hormones like testosterone, growth hormone, IGF-1 among others begin to decline. These are responsible for sexual energy and vigor, as well as general well being, motivation, and the feeling of ‘ambition’ especially in men.
You may have noticed as you’ve gotten older that you just don’t have the “zest” for things like you used to, right?
Well, don’t fret. There are a few ways to get everything operating at maximum capacity again.
1.) Begin to exercise if you don’t already
This might seem obvious, but adding some regular exercise into your daily routine can provide tremendous benefits to anyone who is feeling slow and sluggish. Simply getting blood flowing is enough to recycle nutrients and even just wake you up.
2.) Cut out simple sugars and obvious “junk” food – including alcohol
You might be surprised how much of an impact your diet has on the way that you feel. A slight tweak in diet, eliminating simple sugars, and other obvious “junk” foods is a good place to start. Another good technique is to not eliminate bad foods necessarily, but to slowly start to add healthy foods in. The idea is the healthy foods provide additional nutrients that eventually the healthy foods will edge out the bad ones.
3.) Do something you are afraid of
Part of getting older is getting stuck in the monotony of routine, and becoming comfortable with complacency. Don’t get stuck in this trap. You only get one life, and some of the most rewarding things you will ever do are hiding behind a thinly veiled lie of fear. Jump off the cliff and build the plane on the way down, you won’t regret it. The excitement of the change this will manifest will invigorate you.
4.) Try Fasting
Many have heard the spiel – Our ancient ancestors hunted every few days, made a kill, feasted, and then rested for a few days like a bunch of lazy high schoolers. This anecdote has some truth, however. A simple method of intermittent fasting is to simply wait until noon to eat. From there, do not eat past 8 pm. Eating within this 8 hour window will maximize your body’s nutrient partitioning abilities, and ensure you maximize the muscle building capability and minimize the fat storage potential of the foods you eat. It will also tremendously increase your energy throughout the day.