Senior Care in Redding, CT
Staying in shape is important for people of all ages. If you are a caregiver taking care of an elderly and disabled family member, you are among tens of millions of Americans doing this same type of work on a regular basis. The longer you’ve been doing this type of job, the more you realize just how emotionally and physically challenging it might be.
This type of work can place an incredible amount of pressure on your life, especially when you have limited time or it is advisable to at least sit down and consider the prospect of hiring an in-home care provider through an agency to at least help out a couple of days a week. This could allow you enough time to focus on your own physical health and well-being rather than running around, eating fast food, getting home late night, not sleeping well, and not getting any real physical exercise.
In the meantime, here are six exercises that take less than 15 minutes and at the same time could provide you with invaluable fitness to promote positive health within yourself. May is Global Health and Fitness Month, and there should be no excuse to not stay in shape with just 15 minutes a day.
1. Walking up and down stairs. There are plenty of elevators and escalators in just about every type of building you could find, but it’s a good idea to skip them whenever possible. Yes, you may be tired, your feet are dragging because you didn’t sleep well last night, or you’re carrying groceries up two flights of stairs. Do it. You’ll feel better in the end.
2. Jogging. Just running seven minutes away from the house, turning around and running back could provide just about the 15 minutes you would need.
3. Jumping jacks. You can either do jumping jacks or jog in place and if you did this for 15 minutes, even if you are watching TV, you could be getting the type of exercise you really need.
4. Stationary bicycling. If you have a bicycle, you can get a device that allows you to put the rear tire on a wheel and ride inside your house. Again, if you enjoy watching TV, you could do this while watching a program.
5. Take your elderly loved one for a brisk walk. Even though that walk might not be enough exercise for you, it’s better than nothing and it would certainly provide valuable exercise for them.
6. Sitting down and standing up. Just the act of easing down into a seat and standing back up helps to get exercise for your leg muscles. Do this enough times in a row and you’ll start to feel the burn and your heart rate will elevate.
As you can see, there are literally hundreds of exercises you could do at any given time to help improve your health on a daily basis, especially when you are a busy caregiver. Ultimately, though, the best thing for your loved one and yourself is to consider a professional caregiver to help out.
If you or an aging loved one are considering senior care in Redding, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Danbury, CT at 203-731-2544.