Daily Dementia Dose: 7 Days without exercise makes one weak

minute/s remaining

When you’re not exercising, your body gets weak.

If I don’t go out and walk, and go to the gym, my back hurts and I actually gain weight.

My knee hurts and I just can’t move around very fluidly.

Evidence shows that if a patient goes to the hospital for 3 to 3 days, they automatically lose 85% of their muscle strength.

That’s just 2 to 3 days of not doing anything.

What more if you are not doing anything for one week.

You have to be very intentional in exercising.

It doesn’t have to be complicated. You can just go and walk around your neighborhood.

You can even march in place at home with your loved ones.

If you are a caregiver, you need to be doing some exercises. You have to learn how to take care of yourself.

Self-care is very important. You cannot give what you do not have.

You cannot give money if you do not have enough money. You cannot give love if you don’t love yourself.

Obviously, you cannot give care to somebody else if you do not take care of yourself.

Take care of yourself by exercising everyday.

Get the Caregiver’s Freedom Journal here.

Enroll in our new course – MisUnderstanding Dementia here.


Enjoyed the article? 

You can find more great content here:

Daily Dementia Dose: Power Over Your WORDs as a Caregiver

About the author 

Dr Michael Chua PT, DPT

Dr Michael Chua is a physical therapist practising in Home Health, Skilled Nursing Facilities and Acute Care Hospital. His clinical interest involves pain management, geriatrics and dementia management. He enjoys treating patients and bringing out the best in them using positive treatment approaches, his dynamic work setting in a rural area provides an opportunity to treat a wide range from geriatrics to orthopaedics.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked

{"email":"Email address invalid","url":"Website address invalid","required":"Required field missing"}