Simple steps for boosting energy, from the Harvard Men's Health Watch

Some days do you feel like the Energizer Bunny with a weak battery—starting strong but unable to keep going and going? There are several ways to help boost flagging energy, like pacing activities, taking power naps, and eating healthfully, according to the June 2013 issue of the Harvard Men's Health Watch. One thing that doesn't work: taking overhyped dietary supplements.

Sometimes fatigue is due to a medical condition. If that's been ruled out, here are a few basic steps to maintain energy throughout the day:

Set a steady pace: With age, the energy "battery" may not be able to store quite the charge it used to. "It's fully charged but it's smaller and you have fewer hours of energy in it," says Dr. Fabiny, chief of geriatrics at Cambridge Health Alliance and an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School. "If you try to do all the things you did in the past, you could end up feeling tired." Instead of burning through the battery in two hours, spread it out between morning tasks, afternoon tasks, and evening activities—with rest and meals between.

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