Caregiving and Exercise: How to Begin
Family caregiving takes a lot of time and energy. And the idea of exercising might seem ridiculous given your busy schedule. ElderCare at Home wants to tell you that exercising while a being a family caregiver is not ridiculous. In fact, it is essential for many aspects of your overall health.
Exercise is not only good for physical health, it is also good for mental and emotional health. Exercise can help you regulate your weight and give you strength. It can also improve your overall mood, help you sleep better at night, and help improve symptoms of depression and anxiety. Overall, doing physical activity is one of the best things you can do for yourself and for your overall longevity.
There are many forms of exercise, and you should choose a routine that you can stick to and that you will enjoy. If you like lifting weights, then get a gym membership and visit the weight room. If you like walking or swimming, then buy the appropriate gear you need to do those activities. There are also exercise routines like yoga, Pilates, and calisthenics that can be great to do at a studio or at home through online videos.
In this blog, we will go over some ways you can begin incorporating physical activity in your schedule, what to keep in mind when doing so, and how you can achieve balance in your schedule.
Tips to Follow
Ease into it: You should introduce exercise into your schedule little by little. Try it for one or two days a week, then add in a few more days as the weeks continue. This will help your body adjust and it can allow you to organize your schedule around the time it takes to finish exercises you enjoy.
Prioritize your time: Examine your schedule and find the most convenient time to do some exercise for about 30 minutes to an hour. Perhaps you can do some exercise before dinner or early in the morning. Find the time that is best for you and stick to a consistent routine. Maybe the weekends are the only good time to pursue physical activity. That is okay. Do whatever works best for you.
Be flexible (with time): If you are absolutely booked some weeks and cannot devote an hour to exercise, do not worry. See if you have 15 minutes or even 10 minutes. And if you cannot find time to exercise some days, that is okay. Exercise should be an enjoyable activity and not a chore. So, do it when you have the time and energy because that’s when it will have the most benefits for you.
Do enough: If possible, eventually try to exercise anywhere from 3 to 6 days a week. But, do not worry if you cannot achieve this at first. Some activity is better than no activity at all.
Variety is good: Only doing one type of exercise can be ineffective after a while. Try to do a variety of exercises, like strength training (lifting weights), yoga (for flexibility), and walking (for cardiovascular health). A varied exercise routine will have the most benefits for you.
Before starting any exercise routine, please consult with your doctor, especially if you have any injury. If you have more questions, then please call ElderCare at Home at 888-285-0093 or visit our website.