Goodale presents “Girl Talk” May 25

Published 6:03 pm Thursday, May 18, 2017

Evidence is mounting for the case of exercise as medicine. Study after study has shown that exercise improves our mental and physical health in many ways. In general, consistent and adequate exercise is best but many are challenged by motivation and lack of time. Women especially tell me that they don’t have time to exercise because they are too busy taking care of others. In many cases, much of the responsibilities of caring for children fall to women. In some cases, the caregiving role extends beyond children to other members of the family.  Women often tell me about hectic schedules involving not only caregiving but work and school, long commutes, complicated family dynamics and more. 

Karen Goodale, PA-C

Women who cannot find time to exercise because they are too busy caring for others are sacrificing their own health. And the irony of such situations is that you must be healthy and whole to provide the best care. Finding balance is a real dilemma. 

Each situation is unique and so there is not a single solution. My first suggestion is that women ask for help or give yourselves a “get out of guilt jail free” card.  Loved ones want you to be well but may not know what you need. You should express your needs to others. And outside of your home, I know that our community is full of resources and people who want to help. 

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Lastly, I want to encourage everyone to find a trusted healthcare provider if they do not already have one and find one that will provide a safe environment for you to discuss even intimate details of your life. 

Join Karen Goodale, PA-C for a free “Girl Talk” event on Thursday, May 25 from 4-6 p.m. at Advanced Wellness Institute, at 2881 NC-108 in Columbus. To RSVP, call 828-894-3494.

– article submitted by Desiree Magnant