Getting more exercise as a family caregiver can often feel like just one more chore that has to get shoehorned into your daily "to dos." You don't have to experience exercise that way, though.
Move in Ways You Love to Move
If you're doing exercises that you hate to do, you'll avoid doing them. That's just how the human brain works sometimes. Start thinking about the activities you enjoy doing. Don't think about them as exercise at first, but think about the movements that you enjoy. If you love walking with your dog, write that down. If you love stretching the kinks out of your muscles after you wake up, write that down. Before you realize it, you'll have a list of activities that allow you to move your body in ways it loves to move.
Do a Little at a Time
You don't have to set aside an hour at a time, every single day, to exercise. In fact, you might find you do more moving if you do a little bit at a time throughout the day. Right after you wake up, you might do a few minutes of stretching. Later in the morning, you might do some dancing while you're making breakfast. All of the moving that you do throughout the day adds up and it all counts.
Don't Overthink It
If you're still stressed about how to get more exercise into your day, you're probably overthinking the entire situation. Stop worrying about how much exercise you're getting and make little choices throughout the day that keep you moving. Park a few spaces farther away at the pharmacy when you go pick up your loved one's prescription. Take the stairs when you can. These choices all contribute to your goal of moving more.
Keep at It
It's easy to give up when you're not sure you're doing everything you're supposed to be doing. Even if you're only moving a little more now than you were before, that's great. Keep going with those choices. Before you know it, you'll be moving even more and that's what you're really looking for with exercise.
Remember to always check with your doctor before you start any new exercise programs. This helps to ensure that you're safe to exercise.
If you or an aging loved one are considering caregivers in Southbury, CT or the surrounding areas, please contact SYNERGY HomeCare of Danbury, CT at 203-731-2544.