As a caregiver, you may find yourself with so many responsibilities that you neglect taking good care of yourself. But the best thing you can do for the person you are caring for is stay physically and emotionally strong.
No doubt you know that exercise is an important part of staying healthy — it can help relieve stress, prevent disease and make you feel good. But finding the time to exercise is another story. Use these tips:
-Take friends and family members up on their offers to help.
You can get in a good workout in a short amount of time — even a 30 minute break, a walk to the mailbox or around the block gets you out in the fresh air and heart beating.
-Start small. While it is recommended that you get 30 minutes of physical activity at least five days a week, even 10 minutes a day can help. Fit in what you can, and work toward a goal.
-When your loved one is on a nap pull out a yoga mat and stretch, set up a stationary bike, or try exercise tapes.
Exercise to do together:
-Take a walk together outside to enjoy the fresh air
-Go to the mall and take a stroll indoors
-Do seated exercises at home
-Dance together to favourite music
You will feel better by getting 8 hours of sleep, drink lots of water and eat healthy!
Hello! As a caregiver, mother and social service worker I have learned many life lessons through hands on experience. My dream for you is to make your journey through caregiving a cherished one.