This is a sponsored partnership between Voltaren and LatinaMoms.com
Taking care of someone is a huge responsibility in our Latino community. We’re constantly thinking of our family and loved ones’ needs. Sometimes we prioritize them before our own – an issue we all need to talk about more often.
Caring for someone else requires constant mental and physical effort. What happens if we don’t take care of our bodies? 94% of caregivers in the United States report exoskeletal pain and 58% of caregivers say their exercising habits are worse since becoming a caregiver.
If this sounds familiar to you, keep on reading to learn how to put some easy and healthy habits into place.
Tips on how to start to improve our physical condition
What can help tackle these problems? Activities such as daily walks can help reduce joint pain and improve your overall health.
It doesn’t have to be an intense, sweat-inducing, walk either. It’s all about moving your body, getting your blood flowing, and enjoying the fresh air.
For those who prefer a treadmill or the gym– that’s fine too. The point is to get some type of exercise (even light) to improve our physical condition. It’s not enough to only think of our mental health; we have to also think of our physical health, which in turn will play a role in improving our mental well-being.
If you’re not used to exercising, start with 10-minute walks around your home. A few stretches could also help improve any joint pain. If you’re interested in yoga, there are endless free videos on YouTube that show you step-by-step how to make time for yoga in your daily schedule. Think about simple activities that are easy to weave into your daily routine even while caring for someone throughout the day.
What’s important is to get a daily habit going that will help you in the long run – and help ease joint pain in the future.
What will be your go-to workout? For additional tips on how to balance your mental and physical health as a caregiver, listen to the CareWalks podcast, created in partnership between Voltaren Arthritis Pain Gel and iHeartRadio.