I often hear grandparents say, “I love spending time with the toddler grands but am glad to give them back to their parents at the end of the day. I’m exhausted, they have so much energy!”
Does our energy have to wane when we are past 60? I took a look at why these little ones have so much energy to see what I could learn.
If you’re wondering how to have more energy after 60, toddlers can teach you a lot!
They Move All the Time Unless They’re Asleep
We know movement keeps us healthy. Getting used to being in motion throughout our day will keep our energy high. Stand, crouch, shift, reach and climb as you go through your day and you’ll feel a lot better. Can you still get out of a chair without supporting yourself?
Consider a day with a toddler as a day of opportunity to get in shape! Use your garden as a motivator to move. Leave your car at home and walk to the grocery store carrying your load. You’ll have more energy longer.
They Follow Their Interests and Learn Constantly
Staying interested and learning is an opportunity to create new synapses and activate the brain to be engaged. Engagement leads to a feeling of “flow,” a state of absorption and creativity.
You can still be creative after 60 and experience a deep aliveness that gives you energy for “more.” Learn something new, explore an activity in a new way and find yourself excited and in elevated spirits.
They Hum, Sing, Talk and Express Themselves
Remember how we used to say about the kids, “When it’s quiet there’s trouble brewing”? Children express themselves constantly with their vocal cords. The vibration of words and song energizes the body.
Remember how good it feels to sing in the shower? Sing, talk with a friend, cry when you’re sad, laugh with a funny movie, hum along with the music. Let your body vibrate and you’ll feel more vivacious.
They Only Eat When They Are Hungry
Parents should learn that they can’t make children eat when they aren’t interested. Following a natural appetite and developing discerning food habits is a big part of growing up healthy. We’ve all learned bad food habits through family pressure as we grew up, through media influence and as a way to fill times of boredom.
Instead of eating when you think you…