Caregivers benefit from exercise just as much as their care recipients do. In fact, it can help you to cope with the stress and strain of being a family caregiver to get more movement in every day. If you haven’t been to your doctor for a while, now is the perfect time to make sure that you’re healthy enough to exercise.
You Don’t Have to Get All Your Exercise in at Once
It’s a big misconception that you can only benefit from exercise if you do it all at once. You can get the same benefits if you exercise just 10 minutes at a time throughout the day, multiple times. Also, if you’re concerned that you need to go to the gym or start seriously lifting some weights, you can let that go, too. Take a quick walk around the block or add in 20 minutes of serious yard work. Even going to the grocery store can be exercise if you challenge yourself to bend, stretch, and pick up the pace.
Schedule it In
Make exercise an appointment, just like any other. Only this time, the appointment is with yourself and it’s for your own good. Sit down and figure out when it works in your schedule to get some extra movement in. If you’re not sure when you can exercise, try getting up just a few minutes earlier than you usually do and exercise then.
Line up Coverage
Sometimes worrying about what else is going on keep you from focusing on your workout. If that’s a problem for you, it might be a good idea to schedule your exercise times for those times you know you’ll have coverage. Whether you have friends and family who can step in or elder care providers who can help your aging adult while you exercise, you can get a workout in.
Work out with Your Aging Adult
Another option is to work out with your senior. You can both enjoy time together and get some beneficial movement in at the same time. Find some exercises that you both enjoy doing and keep each other motivated as you grow stronger.
If you can reframe how you think about exercise and even the types of exercise that you do, you might be surprised at how much more movement you can work into every day.
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Michele Vollmer is a visionary leader who is perpetually searching for ways to improve, so to remain at the leading edge of the home care industry.She has served in the healthcare industry since 1989, including pharmaceutical and home health sales, as well as hospice sales and sales management.
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