Caregiving and exercise is usually the last thing we are thinking of doing after a long exhausting day. When taking care of others there is always something to do. Caring, supporting, taking to appointments, cooking and doing piles of paperwork. The to-do list seems endless. Unfortunately your precious ‘me time’ usually goes out the window. Just remember you matter and so does your body.
Finding time for exercise is very important not only for your body but for your mental wellbeing. The goal here isn’t necessarily losing weight but instead feeling better and having more energy to make your daily tasks a little bit easier. It’s a proven fact that Frequent and regular physical exercise boosts the immune system and helps prevent certain diseases such as coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and obesity.
3-4 days a week physical activity can help you:
- Be a more productive caregiver
- Give you the energy and stamina you need throughout the day
- Reduces depression and the overwhelming stress you may feel. Exercising can get those feel-good endorphins working and rev you up for the day.
- Manage and prevention of illness and disease.
Caregiving and exercise
Some examples for caregivers to be more physically active are:
Make an appointment to exercise. I have started putting my workouts activities on my cell phone and it alerts me when its time to get active.
Download apps on your phone or computer to keep you accountable and active throughout the day.
Find time to be active in small increments like 10-15 minutes throughout the day.
Find a partner or group in your community or online to keep you accountable and to share your concerns, accomplishments as you move through your healthier lifestyle.
If you’re able, find exercise to do with the person your taking care of. If the person you watch is weak or their core balance a little wobbly. There are many ways to do exercise sitting in a chair or holding on to a stable object.
The key to sticking with physical activity is to find something you love doing. If you do, you will be more likely to keep going it. If you get bored, switch it up and try something different. Change is always good. The best way to lose body fat and build lean muscle is by doing some form of strength training in addition to cardio. You will definitely burn more body fat, feel stronger and help with your daily duties as a caregiver.
I am always changing my workouts up about every 4-6 months and I even will take a break and just enjoy life and my family. Sometimes self-care comes in many different forms. It can be exercise, yoga, meditation, sitting by the lake or just finding your happy place. Always fall in love with caring for yourself, body, mind and spirit!Make time for yourself, YOU are important. Self-care 101 #caregiving #selfcare Click To Tweet
Quotes to inspire you to make time for yourself – here are two of my favorites.
Just love you. Self-care is so important. When you take time to replenish your spirit, it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel. – Eleanor Brown
Fall in love with caring for yourself, in body, mind, and spirit.
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