Tuesday Tips for Caregivers – How to Fit Fitness and Nutrition into Your Caregiving Diet
Staying fit and active can seem like an impossible task while being a full time caregiver; however, more than half of the time, you are working out your body without even knowing it. Remember that load of laundry you carried up the stairs? How about pulling clothes out from the top of the closet and putting shoes away on the shoe rack? Stretching, carrying items around, and bending are all parts of working out. Dog walks around the neighborhood while pushing mom in her wheelchair at the same time may be called multi-tasking to some, but to you, it can be a work out as well!
We all know caregiving really has little time for breaks, so let’s take in these tips to maintain our nutrition and fitness all while caring for a loved one.
Meal Prep doesn’t only have to be for mom– When prepping meals for the week for the person you care for set aside healthy items for yourself. Use that left over broccoli and make a veggie platter to snack on. Keep fruits, vegetables, and yogurt’s around to make smoothies. Not only will your loved one like them, you both will be getting great amounts of nutrients!
Staying active– Make a daily routine to take a 30 minute walk around the neighborhood. Not only does your loved one get fresh air, but you are keeping your body in constant shape by raising your heart rate a bit.
Use rest time as stretch time– While your loved one is resting, lay out a yoga mat or towel on the back porch. Listen to the birds chirping and feel the warmth of the sun on you and just stretch. Stretching is known to release stress toxins within your body. It also improves circulation, teaches your body to perform more with less energy, and maintains an overall relaxed mind.
Try at home Yoga or an Exercise DVD– Stop in the Exercise DVD section while you are food shopping for the person you care for and make the investment in a good exercise DVD that you can try at home. This keeps you indoors where it is cooler and you are able to keep an eye on your loved one. You can even have them join in too by doing chair exercises.