Easy Ways to Exercise with a Busy Caregiving Schedule

  • February 25, 2019

Finding time for self-care isn’t easy for a busy caregiver. Depending on how much care a senior loved one needs and how far away they live, finding time to exercise can seem impossible. 

Fortunately, there are many ways to work exercise into a busy schedule. For example, you can exercise for short time periods throughout the day. You can also do physical activities with your senior loved!

Exercise Tips for Busy Caregivers

  1. Lifestyle changes: Many of us look for ways to get where we need to go the fastest. We look for the closest parking spot at the mall and choose the elevator over the stairs. Begin by making lifestyle adjustments to work more steps into your day. If possible, park further away from the door at the grocery store or the doctor’s office. Take the stairs at work instead of the elevator. Even doing a few lunges or marching in place while drying your hair can add up over time. 
  2. Desk aerobics: Family caregivers are often employed outside of the home. That makes finding time to exercise even more challenging. If you spend part of your day sitting at a desk, you can work out from a seated position. Coworkers might not even realize you are building your muscles! Try these suggestions for desk exercises. You can also replace your desk chair with an exercise ball for at least part of the work day.
  3. Senior-friendly forms of exercise: Depending on your loved one’s physical abilities, you may be able to spend time exercising together. Walking, biking, resistance bands, swimming, and chair-based exercises are healthy activities both you and your senior family member can enjoy.
  4. Exercise in short intervals: Many physicians recommend a goal of 150 minutes of exercise each week. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be in large blocks of time like many of us believe. Research shows the same health benefits can be achieved from exercising in shorter intervals instead of all at once. That’s good news for a busy caregiver. Consider 15 minutes of cycling on a recumbent bike before your morning shower. Or end the day with a 15-minute yoga session or Pilates routine.

Finally, if you are a busy caregiver wondering how important exercise really is, we can help answer that question. “Does Regular Exercise Really Make You Healthier?” highlights why you need to make physical exercise a part of your weekly routine.
 


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