Why Carers need to Exercise for Themselves and The One They Care For

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BrainHub, based in London, Harley Street provides access to wide range of resources on Dementia Awareness and Alzheimer's Disease Treatment

BrainHub, based in London, Harley Street provides access to wide range of resources on Dementia Awareness and Alzheimer's Disease Treatment

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  • 1. Why Carers need to Exercisefor themselves AND the one they care for http://www.brainhub.tv
  • 2. • Looking after someone else is never smooth running. It takes effort, thought, physical and mental strength. It can be frustrating and stressful. Of course it can also be very rewarding but to be the best carer that you can be, you NEED to look after yourself.• Part of this means exercising to maintain optimum health, fitness and well-being. If you don’t, it’s not just you who will suffer; the person for whom you are caring will also suffer from a less than tolerant and potentially unwell carer. http://www.brainhub.tv
  • 3. How much Exercise do I Need?• You may think that running around doing errands and looking after someone is exercise enough. Whilst there might be a little truth in this thinking, it’s almost certainly not enough exercise AND it’s not as enjoyable as a chosen physical activity which can also become a regular social occasion.• The Department of Health recommends that adults should do 150 minutes of physical activity a week. For more details about the guidelines visit here. But even if you don’t reach the optimum amount of exercise each week, some exercise is better than none and you can gradually build in more exercise time. http://www.brainhub.tv
  • 4. The 5-Minute Workout• If there really is no way you can commit to regular exercise sessions, then some exercise is better than no exercise. In fact some argue that 5 or 10 minute bursts of exercise is actually as good for you as longer sessions. Try taking breaks from work or other commitments and indulge in as many 5-minute high intensity workouts as you can.• Use a skipping rope or run up and down the stairs. Try Yoga, if you have room to unroll a mat, you have enough space for challenging calorie- burning repetitive moves which can engage your largest muscles and increase your heart rate. It doesn’t matter how you do it, just get your heart pumping! http://www.brainhub.tv
  • 5. Exercise cuts the risk of Major Disease• Regular exercise can reduce your risk of major illnesses, such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes and cancer by up to 50% and lower your risk of early death by up to 30%.• Strokes and heart disease are the leading causes of dementia and so by reducing your risk of these conditions, you are also reducing the likelihood of one day developing dementia. http://www.brainhub.tv
  • 6. Exercise makes you Feel Happier• Caring for someone full or even part-time can be mentally challenging and lead to a number of difficult emotions and reactions such as frustration stress, depression and anxiety. A good way of channeling these feelings is through exercise.• Physical exertion can actually reduce levels of stress hormones such as adrenaline and cortisol and boost levels of the hormone serotonin in the brain, which experts believe can lift mood. Serotonin acts as a neurotransmitter, a type of chemical that helps relay signals from one area of the brain to another. http://www.brainhub.tv
  • 7. Exercise can be Fun!• Human beings tend to thrive when they are part of good friendship circles and social groups. It helps us to feel connected and brings colour to our lives. Conversely, when we are alone, it’s easy to become perhaps too reflective and somewhat negative and depressed. Joining an exercise class or committing to regular exercise with a friend can bring people something to look forward to as well as an outlet to talk about things that might be on your mind. http://www.brainhub.tv
  • 8. Exercise makes your Brain Sharper• The increased blood flow to the brain which comes with exercise can boost memory and help your brain to work at its best. Results from studies show that people who exercise usually perform better in a range of cognitive tasks compared to non-exercisers. http://www.brainhub.tv
  • 9. Exercise helps you Sleep• Adequate sleep is vital to our health and well-being. Poor sleep can put people at an increased risk of a number of psychological and physical health problems, depression, anxiety, dementia and heart disease to name a few and lack of sleep can also play havoc with our mood.• When it comes to having a direct effect on getting a good nights sleep, its vigorous exercise in the late afternoon or early evening that appears most beneficial. Sleep experts recommend exercising at least three hours before bedtime, and the best time is usually late afternoon. Thats because it raises your body temperature above normal a few hours before bed, allowing it to start falling just as youre getting ready for bed. Cooler body temperatures are associated with sleep onset, so it’s important to allow the body time to cool off before sleep. http://www.brainhub.tv
  • 10. Connect With Brainhub• If you are a Carer for someone with any mental health issues like Dementia, Alzheimer’s disease or any other memory loss conditions and if you are seeking for information, You can visit our website - http://www.brainhub.tv /BrainHubTv /BrainHubTv /BrainHubTv /BrainHubTv