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Regular Exercise Can Make You A Better Caregiver

Research shows that exercise can help reduce stress, increase energy and make you a better caregiver.

For many caregivers juggling their stroke survivor’s schedule, attending to the stroke survivors daily needs, paying the bills, maintaining the house, working, dealing with the rest of the family, unfortunately exercise is often the first thing eliminated from a caregivers schedule. Most feel that they are too tired, too busy, too stressed or not in the mood to exercise. But research shows that exercise can help reduce stress, increase energy and make you a better caregiver.

Tips:

  • Set aside a specific time each day for exercise.
  • Commit to it and stick to it.
  • Start with 15 minutes and gradually increase to one hour.

Try:
Walking
Walking is free and doesn’t require any equipment, other than sensible shoes. Added bonus: Start a walking routine with a friend, it’s harder to skip your walk if someone else is counting on you and the social interaction is good for you psychologically.

Exercise Videos
You can find an exercise video for nearly any activity that interests you. Looks for videos for beginners and ease into the routine. Exercising too rigorously too soon may result in injury or very sore muscles.

Classes
Locals gyms and recreation centers have a wide variety of exercise programs such as yoga, swimming, dance, weight lifting, tai chi. These programs generally improve strength, balance, stability and peace of mind.  Call your local recreation center or do a Google search for classes in your area.

By: Stroke-Network.com Staff Writer Amy McCraken

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