Your health as a caregiver is more important than ever. Find out what you can be doing to keep your body healthy.
Caregivers often put their own heath low on their list of priorities. But your health is more important than ever. Find out what you can be doing to keep your body healthy.
The energy and nutrients that allow your body to function well come from what you eat and drink, so it is important to eat a healthy, balanced diet. A healthy diet is one that is full of vegetables, proteins, whole grains and water and low in sugar and salt.
There’s strong evidence that being physically active can help you lead a healthier and happier life. For example, the Canadian physical activity guidelines suggest that adults aged 18+ years should get at least 2.5 hours of aerobic physical activity a week; adding muscle and bone strengthening activities at least 2 days per week can also improve health; and that more physical activity provides greater health benefits.
Just 2 hours and 30 minutes of brisk walking or other moderate aerobic exercise every week lowers your risk of many chronic conditions and other health problems.
As a caregiver, you may find it hard to fit exercise into your already busy life, but it is important. As well as the physical benefits, there are also many emotional benefits linked to activity.
Research shows that physical activity can help:
- Boost your self-esteem and mood
- Improve your sleep quality and energy
- Reduce your risk of stress and depression
- Lessen the risk of diseases