Does Aging Mean We Must Feel Fatigued?
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Does Aging Mean We Must Feel Fatigued?

s we age, many of us find that we canÂ’t do as much as we did just a few years ago. From personal experience, I know that I have slowed down in the number of articles I can write in a weekÂ’s time.

As we age, many of us find that we can’t do as much as we did just a few years ago. From personal experience, I know that I have slowed down in the number of articles I can write in a week’s time. Just a few years ago I could write 50 to 60 articles in 15 days. Being a ghostwriter back then, I had to produce high quality, high volume work on a short deadline. In just 4 to 5 years time I have noticed that I am not capable of pushing myself to write in high volume. I could make some good money writing for myself, if I could put out 100 plus articles a month, but I just can’t do it anymore. I know I am not the only one with this problem. My question is: Why does this happen?

There may be many possibilities as to why our attention spans and cognitive abilities change as we age. One possibility is that depression may play a role in one’s ability or inability to do the things that once gave him/her a sense of accomplishment. Depression seems to have a cumulative effect on many of us. We become mentally and physically fatigued, when we used to have lots of energy.

For me, as a writer, I have a short window in which I can produce content. I write regularly for another website which pays me upfront and for page views. I'm usually too tired to bang out an article for Factoidz, but I do my best to crank out a few factoidz each month.  My time to write is early in the morning between 5 a.m. and 8 a.m. By 9 a.m. I am exhausted and can’t write anymore. Just a few years ago I could write for 8 to 12 hours at a time. I practically lived at my computer. Those days are long gone.

We may not be able to blame all of our fatigue on depression. We may also suffer from some type of hormone problem as we age. Hormones are the directors which tell our bodies what to do to keep us healthy. The HGH (human growth hormone) levels in our bodies decrease as we age. We need a certain amount of HGH for processing protein for cell regeneration of our. With too little hormones, we can become fatigued. Our muscles and brain may not be able to achieve what they used to when we were younger.

Our diet may also play a role in our mental and physical energy level. Oftentimes, we buy the easy to prepare foods that only require pulling the top off and nuking them in the microwave. There are a lot of additives put in convenience foods as food stabilizers. These chemicals may affect the body and brain in a negative way.

Sometimes, just changing how we eat and getting adequate exercise is enough to help us feel more energized. I can tell a huge difference in how I feel when I make positive lifestyle changes. Exercising 30 minutes a day 3 or 4 times a week can make a difference. As a nurse, I know how to live a healthy life; the problem lies in putting these healthy behaviors in practice indefinitely. We are all creatures of habit. I usually succumb to a bowl of ice cream or a candy bar 2 or 3 times a week, which seems to derail any attempts at living healthy.

For the next few weeks, I am going to conduct an experiment. I’m going to make a conscious effort to eat healthy meals in healthy quantities. I will also try to exercise at least 3 or 4 times a week. I will come back with a factoid to write about my results. I had a physical just a few weeks ago, and my health is good. Assuming there are no hormonal problems, I will see if diet and exercise will help to reduce the fatigue that I feel.


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Comments (11)

I don't have as much energy as I used to. I thought I would be able to write more once all of the kids were in school but I seem just as busy as ever, with dentist appointments, doctors appointments, orthodontist appointments, driving the kids to friends houses, driving the kids to all of their activities driving my little one to and from school. I thought I would be cranking out the articles, but I am lucky if I can get a few out a week.

My doctor firmly believes you do not need to "feel" old just because you have aged. I hope she is right. good luck with your experiment.

Same with me. I do what I need to do in the house, and then I am brain dead. I'll be letting you all in on my experiment as time goes by. I want to have the energy I used to have. Hope I can find how to feel good again.

I hope you can too.

I look forward to the next article. The worst thing I do that does make me fatigued is when I drink too much coffee early in the morning (4 or 5 AM), that and the sugar in the coffee is a sure way to make me feel exhausted by 10 AM.

Your explanation is very good. Age is an important factor and we can't produce as much anymore as we were in the twenties. It is the same with people who practize a sport. Writing is a real hard job but if you can eliminate or reduce factors as stress it is maybe possible to feel better and to have more energy. Exercise and your diet is surely important to keep you fit. Excellent article!

@ Sam - Thanks Sam. My next article is up now. I will be doing more articles as I change from processed foods to whole foods. I've already started with that and can already tell a difference in how I feel. The constant hunger that I always feel has vanished already. Night time is my worst time for hunger, so we will see how that goes tonight.

@ Erik - Thanks Erik. The diet is one of the most important factors to consider. I know part of my problems is from processed foods. I'm switching to whole foods that aren't processed or very minimally processed. The exercise is important too, as you mentioned. It's the total package that helps us to feel better. I am excited to evaluate my results to my "experiments" as time goes by. Hope by then I will have a whole new lifestyle in place.

This is a very interesting article and discussion. I, too, can feel the difference in my energy levels if I don't get enough regular exercise...and I justify my lack of exercise by the fact I'm too tired! ...It's a vicious circle, but one I hope I can break. Thanks for sharing this, Charlene.

You are right Sharla. It gets to be a vicious circle. I did 30 minutes of riding my exercise bike this afternoon. I had gotten out of the habit for about a week now.. so back to it now. I feel better this day since I have just been eating whole foods and no processed foods and no artificial sweeteners. I can feel a difference already. Hope each day becomes better and better.

It is inevitable that aging will slow us down, but as one keep on doing a healthy diet and regular exercise we can manage the fatigue process of aging. I have known Chinese couples who go to park every (early) morning except Sundays to practice their regular Tai Chuan aged 70-80, but remember the greatest subduer is TIME. Great discussion, stumbled too.