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I know it can be very tough to get away when caring for an elderly parent, especially when you yourself are so exhausted, but I have found that exercise in many ways has helped me tremendously. A local gym where you can get away a few times a week can be a life saver. The exercise will really alleviate some of the stress. I know that when I don't go to the gym for a couple of weeks, I am ready to lose my mind from my care giving situation. Having gone to work out yesterday, I feel 100 percent better facing today. It does make a difference. Of course, the occasional vodka martini doesn't hurt, either. :) At least give it a try. Exercise won't change your situation, but it might make you cope better with it.

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You are so right about the value of exercise. Going to a gym also has the benefit of a change of scenery and an opportunity to interact with other people. But a gym is not for everyone, and in some situations it isn't practical. Any kind of exercise, from taking a walk to following along with a video at home, can have benefits.
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Of course, that hasn't prevented me from putting on 10 pounds from the stress of this situation. What do they call Cortisol? The stress hormone. What does it do? Belly fat. Yeech.
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