May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month and though you may not think much about it, depending on your age and general physical fitness to begin with, it is important, especially as you get older. The average family caregiver is about 48.

Caregiver Marietta GA - Self Care as a Caregiver

Caregiver Marietta GA – Caregiver Self Care Through Fitness in May

That means now is absolutely the time to pay closer attention to what you eat, how much exercise you get, and how physically fit you are. The unhealthier you are, the more extra pounds you carry, and the less physical activity you get every day, especially cardiovascular activity, the greater the risk you face for serious health issues in the future.

What is good cardiovascular exercise?

It doesn’t really matter what it is, so long as you elevate the heart rate for at least 15 minutes every day. That is a minimum.

Unfortunately, not many family caregivers even think they have time to do such an activity, especially for 15 or 30 minutes each day. They spend most of their time running errands, supporting an aging parent, working, taking care of their own children, and so forth, that they never think there’s time enough for themselves.

If you haven’t taken care of yourself since long before you started caring for your elderly mother, is time you did.

Tomorrow waits for no one and tomorrow may be calling you to the hospital if you are not careful. Just think about what would happen to your mother in that situation if you were unable to support her because now your health was in jeopardy.

How can you get time to work on yourself?

Get somebody else to help you support your elderly mother. It doesn’t have to be a family member. You might be the only one who lives close enough to support her within the family. However, you are not alone.

A home care agency is ideally suited to support the average family caregiver so he or she can get time to themselves so they can exercise, work, and focus on activities that are still important to them.

If you are like the average family caregiver in the United States, you have given up a lot to support your elderly mother. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, but if this goes on for weeks or even months, it increases stress levels in your body, mind, and makes it more difficult for you to sleep soundly at night, and your physical health declines.

There is no better time to start than now.

If you truly want to be there for your mother in the future, if you want to support her the best way you know how, you need help. You need to take better care of yourself.

May is the perfect time to focus on your physical fitness and to do that, hire a home care aide through an agency so you can get time to go to the gym, go for a brisk walk, exercise at home, play a sport or some other physical activity you have given up as a caregiver.

If you or an aging loved-one is considering Caregiver Services in Marietta GA please contact the caring staff at CaraVita Home Care today. (770) 643-1712
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