Exercise Tips for Home Caregivers

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Woman-Jogging-300x286.jpgThe lives of home caregivers are usually defined by one word: busy. There’s always something that needs to be done, and very often home caregivers end up putting the needs of others before their own. This tendency extends to making sure they get enough exercise – and that’s not a good situation to find oneself in!

“But I’m so active,” many home caregivers may think, “I’m always rushing around. Isn’t that enough exercise?” It’s better than just sitting around all day, but it’s usually not sufficient to keep the body healthy. That requires moderately exercising for 30-40 minutes, at least three times a week. Ideally, each 30-40 minute session should be done all at once, but they can be spread out in smaller increments if needed.

But how can busy home caregivers do this? The following are some methods that can help.

  • Schedule a walk. Rather than driving to the pharmacy, walk there and back. If it’s hard to “lose” that 30 minutes or so, use that time to plan out the menu for dinner or go over other items that require thought.
  • Lift weights while watching TV. Caregivers that incorporate using dumbbells (or even just lifting bottles of water) can combine weight lifting with other activities. If watching TV or viewing something on the computer, try doing some simple repetitions to make even better use of the time.
  • Wear weights. After checking with a doctor to see if this is okay for you, consider wearing wrist or ankle weights while doing chores, walking around the house, running errands, etc. Don’t overdo it, of course. Start out small, and wear them for maybe 10 or 15 minutes at first, then build up to wearing them for longer periods of time when appropriate.
  • Go faster. Consider walking more briskly during everyday tasks. Perhaps park the car at the farthest corner of the supermarket parking lot, and then walk at an accelerated clip (not running, mind you) from there to the supermarket.​
The best tip of all: check with a doctor before embarking on any changes to your routine. They will likely have some other good ideas to try as well!

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Caregivers Need Exercise Too!​ - newportnews.myhomecareblog.com


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