Fitness and Health for Caregivers
What do caregivers need to be healthy?
In the field of caregiving, a care provider must always be healthy first to be able to best provide health care. They say you cannot give what you don’t have. It is the same with giving health care. Self-care is always a good thing. Self-love, in general, is extremely important. One of the ways to stay healthy as caregivers are to stay fit and eating healthy. However easy it is to say, it is not easy to do. As a caregiver, you know that time is most often limited and sometimes you feel stuck in time just to attend to the needs of others. But it doesn’t have to be that way. It should not be at your expense, at your own risk, jeopardizing your own health and wellness.
Why is fitness important?
Generally, whether you are a caregiver or not, physical activity is always known to be extremely beneficial to people. Human bodies are designed to be physically active. Physical activity is not just about maintaining a good weight or being thin. Physical activity is about moving your body and promotes good blood circulation which in effect helps with the overall metabolism of your body.
Regular physical activity can protect you from different illnesses and diseases such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, back pains, and stress. It also increases your strength and improves mobility which is helpful especially if you are a caregiver.
How can you sustain it is a bigger question. You know it is hard to even start and find time to exercise. But you also know that you have to start somewhere to get somewhere. The first thing to remember is to prioritize yourself and your health. You deserve a healthy life and to have a good sense of life. Reorganize your time, your goals and your plans. What do you this for? What must you accomplish? What are the best fitness goals that are sustainable? These are important and valid questions.
But where do you begin?
There are a lot of good reasons to exercise and start moving your body. But where do you begin? Start by organizing your schedule. Where does working out fit in your schedule? What are your primary goals? Are these sustainable? Start simple. Do a few squats and pushups. Upgrade to a different program that can do you a good whole body workout. Then make it a routine until it becomes a habit. Eventually, it will become your lifestyle.
Find a group
Find a support system. Be part of a group that shares the same goals as you. If you have a team that can support each other, it becomes easy for you to incorporate physical activity into your daily schedule. The general benefits? Social interaction and physical activity can do a whole lot for you and your body at the same time help you cope with stress. In return, you can provide the best care for your patient because you are healthy yourself.