Meet with resistance
One of the reasons we feel more tired as we get older is because we lose muscle mass, which is surprisingly important when it comes to fighting fatigue.
“Glucose from the food you eat, but don’t immediately use is converted into glycogen and stored in your muscles and your liver until it’s needed,” says Julie. “When you need a burst of energy your body draws on this store. If you lose muscle you also lose a store of energy.” Thankfully it is entirely possible to build muscle, even if you’ve already lost some. Regular resistance training (doing exercises that include pushing and pulling against a weight) is easy and you don’t need to go to the gym. “Use hand weights or resistance bands at home or walk up and down the stairs to build your leg muscles,” says Julie. Sit-ups, push-up, squats and lunges all help to build muscle and improve energy levels.