For family caregivers, finding healthy ways to beat stress is a top priority. Living with unmanaged stress can lead to health problems, caregiver burnout, and even depression. However, coping with stress in unhealthy ways such as by overeating, drinking alcohol, and keeping emotions bottled up can often make these problems worse. In order to be a better caregiver, feel better and healthier, and have a more positive mental outlook, managing stress is healthy ways is essential. Of course, every family caregiver responds to stress in unique and individual ways, so a stress management technique that works for one person may not work for another, and vice versa. The key, then, is finding the right activity or activities for you that will help you to relive stress, boost energy and mood, and keep your body healthy. If you are a family caregiver searching for your magic combination of stress-fighting activities, here is one for you to try – indoor cycling (or spinning). Physical activity has long been known to be a great stress-fighter, but why try indoor cycling? Read on for some great reasons:
It’s a Small Time Commitment with a Big Payoff
Cycling classes have become very popular and are available at almost any fitness club or community center. Classes are usually 45 minutes to an hour long and you may find yourself getting benefits from them even if you only go once or twice a week. In just a 45 minute or hour long class, you can burn up to 500 calories and get both an aerobic workout and resistance workout all at once. How many other activities can do that?
It Can Help You Clear Your Mind
When you focus on your cycling goals and the music playing as you ride, it is easy to let your other cares and stresses melt away. Even if it is only for a short time, you will find that the “break” from stress that you get from cycling can help you to manage your stresses better throughout the day or week.
It Strengthens the Body
Caregiving comes with physical stresses as well as mental ones and having great muscle strength can help you to manage those tasks, as well. In addition, being in good physical shape can help you to ward off illnesses and medical conditions that can make caregiving harder. Cycling is great for strengthening the heart and lungs as well as the abdominal muscles and, of course, the legs.
If you or an aging loved one are considering caregiver services in Anthem, AZ, contact the caring staff at Assisting Hands Home Care at (480) 725-7002.
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