The Importance of Staying Active When You're a Family Caregiver

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The Importance of Staying Active When You're a Family Caregiver



Only 25 percent of American adults get enough physical activity each day. Approximately 31 million older adults don't get much exercise at all. Their movements are limited to the things they need to do every day. They take showers, get out of bed, and cook a meal. That's it for daily exercise.

It's so important to stay active. Daily exercise lowers your risk of chronic health conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure. It helps keeps the joints limber, reducing arthritis pain. The activity also lowers your risk of depression and anxiety.

Aim for 30 Minutes of Activity Each Day

Set goals for yourself to stay active. Ideally, you should get 30 minutes of moderate activity each day. More than that is even better if you have the time. Involve your parents in your workouts to ensure they're getting enough exercise, too.

What if you're not close by? You may not be able to regularly go to your parents' house to help them with their exercise goals. It's okay if you can't. Home care providers can step in when you are unavailable and ensure that your senior loved one gets the exercise they need.

Fill Gaps With Quick Workouts

While you want to get at least 30 minutes of daily activity, you can divide it into segments. If you cannot fit in a 30-minute walk each day, break it up into two 15-minute walks. Head to a fitness streaming channel or YouTube and find a 10-minute workout that gets your heart pumping.

It's better for you if your weekly exercise routines include strength training, aerobics, and stretches. Mixing up activities works every muscle in your body and helps you feel stronger. If you're only able to work out for 10 minutes here and there, it's better than not exercising at all.

Take Breaks to Ensure You Exercise

You can't find time during the day to get enough exercise. Between work, errands, and household chores, there's no time left. Your parents refuse to become more active. Now, what do you do?

Take the time you need by scheduling caregivers to help out. While your parents have a caregiver with them, you're free to attend a yoga class or go for a bike ride.

Let caregivers urge your parents into a more active daily routine. Home care aides are available to encourage them to get up and get active. Don't be surprised if your mom and dad are more responsive to their caregiver than they are to you. Call a home care agency to learn more about companionship services.

Sources:
https://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/resources/publications/factsheets/physical-activity.htm

If you or an aging loved one is considering home care in Big Timber, MT, please contact the caring staff at SYNERGY HomeCare Billings today at 406-839-2390.​​​

Shanna Tourtlotte

Shanna Tourtlotte has been the owner of SYNERGY HomeCare Billings since 2011.

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