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How Can a Busy Caregiver Fit Exercise into an Overstuffed Day?

By Erin Carll

You might think that it's impossible to fit even five minutes of exercise into your day. "When would you sleep?" might be one of your thoughts. But it's definitely possible to get some more exercise, even as a busy caregiver.

Realize that it's Vital for You

Exercise does so much for you. It helps to keep your immune system strong and it keeps you physically strong, which you might need if you have to lift your senior. Exercise also helps you to regulate your moods, deal with stress more effectively, and sleep better at night. Basically anything that isn't going well for you personally might benefit greatly from just a little bit of exercise.

Start Slowly

When you're ready, start out slowly. There's no point in burning yourself out before you've even begun. Most people haven't exercised in a while, so they're rusty. You're probably going to feel as if you can barely do exercises and activities that you possibly did often in the past. There's no reason to race anyone, though. Take your time and ease into a routine.

Break it Up

There's also nothing that says that you have to get all your exercise for the day in at once. You might find that to be convenient because you can just check it off your list then. But if you exercise for a few minutes here and there during the day, it can really add up. Work with your doctor to figure out how much exercise you should be getting and then you have a goal for which you can shoot.

Experiment a Bit

Remember that it's possible that you need to be thinking outside the box a little bit. With a little bit of extra effort, daily chores like sweeping or bringing groceries in from the car can take the shape of a mini workout. When you look for ways to incorporate extra movement into every day, you'll start to see opportunities everywhere.

Use Some of the Approaches You Would for Your Aging Adult

Remember how tough it was at first to convince your elderly family member how important exercise was for her? Some of the same approaches that you used to help her to become more active can also work for you. It just takes a little bit of commitment from you to get the ball rolling.

In the end, only you can make the changes that you need to make in order to do what you need to do as a family caregiver and get exercise, too. This might mean making changes to how you do other things, but it's worth the effort.

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