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Techniques to conserve energy

As you become more active, you will notice that you have more energy for activities around the house, hobbies, and other kinds of recreation. Even though staying active is good, you may still find it hard to do as much as you did before. The following tips can help you do more:

  • Allow for rest periods during the day.
  • Don’t wait until you are exhausted to rest. Alternate rest periods with activities, so that you can get more done.
  • Use slow and smooth flowing movements during activities. Rushing increases fatigue and discomfort.
  • Avoid activities that require quick spurts of energy.
  • Maintain good posture.
  • Avoid activities when it’s too hot or too cold or immediately after a meal.

If there is a particular activity you want to do on a certain day, plan ahead and schedule it for a time you usually feel at your best. Most people feel more energetic in the morning, but others feel at their best in the afternoon. Listen to your body to find out when to do a demanding activity.

 If you do everyday activities in ways that conserve energy, you will be able to get more done. Try the following techniques to conserve energy:

  • Pull heavy objects instead of pushing them.
  • Put a tall stool or chair in the kitchen, so that you can sit while preparing food and cleaning up if you get tired.
  • If you are standing while doing an activity, make sure you work at waist level, so that you don’t need to reach too high or bend over too far.
  • Place heavy objects that you often use at waist level. For example, in the kitchen, place plates and heavy pots or pans on shelves that are at waist level.
  • If you have stairs in your house, plan ahead, so you don’t need to make as many trips up and down.

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