I know I bang the exercise drum loudly, that exercise is good for your mind, spirit, and body. But your own exercise regimen is also good for your loved ones, the ones who become your caregivers, and this really struck home today. I went to see a patient whose husband is undergoing chemotherapy for cancer. The chemo has made him weak, and it is scheduled when I normally work with him so his exercise sessions have been very sporadic for the past 3 months.  As a result, he is unable to do many of the normal daily activities we take for granted, until they are taken away-like driving, getting up out of a chair, or off of the toilet. The stress that I see on the spouse or children who become caregivers is incredibly strong and debilitating in it’s own right. Although accidents happen, many of the disabilities and dependence on others comes from a lack of strength and stamina. It is so important to stay strong- if not for yourself, then do it for the ones you love, because the stress of caring really takes it’s toll on them. I see it firsthand. Please don’t wait until it’s too late-start exercising today.

A couple of health briefs. Storing olive oil for 6 months decreases its antioxidant value by 40%, so if you find you don’t use that much, buy smaller bottles. Also, in a recent study, men and women who got the most  calcium and had the highest blood levels of vitamins C & D were at a significantly reduced risk for diabetes. Take a minimum of 1,000 mg of calcium, 1,000 mg of vitamin C, and 1,000 – 2,000 IU of vitamin D daily. AND don’t forget to incorporate those short intense burst of activity when you exercise.

Stay well, John R. Blilie, M.S.