One of the best ways to counteract the physical and mental demands of caregiving is to exercise regularly. Of course, most family caregivers argue that they usually don’t have enough time to take an extra-long shower, much less take the time to exercise regularly.
What you may not realize is that self-care is extremely important, not only for your well-being but for your aging loved one as well. You won’t be a very good caregiver if you aren’t taking care of your own needs. Many family caregivers find that hiring a home care provider helps them find time to get some regular exercise.
Barriers to Regular Exercise
There’s no doubt that you are extremely busy, but often there are certain barriers to regular exercise that stand in your way. Many family caregivers find that caring for others is much easier than taking care of themselves. It’ important to look at all the excuses you give yourself when it comes to clearing the way to regular activity.
One of the most common barriers is the lack of time. Caregiving is very time-consuming and there’s a lot to be done, from bathing and dressing the elderly adult to meal prep, cleaning and finances. You may feel like you are being selfish if you arrange to leave your aging loved one for exercise. Dealing with guilt can be hard to overcome, especially if you feel like your elderly relative can’t or won’t be left with someone else for a while.
Other common barriers include family dynamics, where they seek the approval, attention or respect of family members or the elderly relative themselves. Others simply don’t trust that a home care provider or other family member can tend to their loved one’s needs properly. It’s also common for family caregivers to avoid asking for help because they feel like they will be a failure somehow if they do.
All these excuses and more are strong enough to stop you from getting the exercise you need.
Ways to Fit Exercise into the Busiest Schedules
It’s imperative that you find ways to get some time for yourself to exercise. It’s an ideal stress-buster and gives you some time to focus on your own physical and mental health. Experts recommend getting at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise three times per week, and more if you can. The easiest way to carve out time for exercise is to hire a home care provider to come at regularly scheduled times to care for your aging loved one.
Some of the most popular exercise programs include aerobics, water aerobics, walking, jogging, biking, weightlifting and swimming. You’ll want to work up a sweat and build up your strength and stamina. In no time, you’ll start to see and feel the results of regular exercise. In addition, you’ll sleep better, have more energy and lose weight, too.
When you are taking care of yourself by exercising regularly, you’ll be a much better caregiver to your elderly loved one. Avoid chronic stress and exercise regularly when you hire a home care provider to give you the breaks you need to engage in some activity.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering Home Health Care in Mountain Brook, AL, please contact the caring staff at Senior Legacy Care today. Call us at (205) 380-7418.
Susan Smith, Owner
Susan Smith is the owner of Senior Legacy, an independent non-medical senior in home care business.... Read More...