You’ll always want to talk to your doctor before you start a new exercise plan, but assuming that he gives you the green light, you’ll want to make note of all the benefits that exercise can give you. Being a family caregiver is hard work, and you need to be able to keep your body strong and healthy so that you can give the job all you can.
You’ll Think Better
Exercise gets your blood flowing and that means to every part of your body, including your brain. When your brain is getting better blood flow, it’s also getting a better supply of oxygen. More oxygen means those cells get more of the fuel that they need to process information better. If you’re having trouble with a problem or a task, take a minute or two to exercise and then try again. You might be surprised how much easier it is to think.
You’ll Feel Better
Exercise can improve your emotional health in a myriad of ways. First, the endorphins that your body releases due to exercise are all about making you feel better. You’ll also develop better self-esteem and confidence as you exercise. Being more active can also help you to process some of your more difficult emotions, which is especially important as a family caregiver.
You’ll Sleep Better
If you’re having trouble sleeping, you’ll be especially happy to hear that exercising during the day can help you to sleep better at night. Even if you’re mentally and emotionally exhausted at night, your body may not physically be ready for sleep. Exercise helps to even up that score and get you the sleep that you need at night.
You’ll Have More Energy
Now that you’re sleeping better at night and you’re moving your body more during the day, you’re likely to experience a surge of energy that you didn’t expect. This can be surprising because you feel like you’re expending a ton of energy when exercising. This is your body rewarding you for giving it what it needs.
Even though it might feel as if you don’t have the time to exercise, you might be surprised. Try exercising for just a little bit each day and gradually increase your time.
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