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Springtime Fitness Tips for the Busy Caregiver

Caregiver Stress Tips in Stamford CT

Caregiver Stress Tips in Stamford CTYou’ve been waiting for months for spring to finally arrive. Now it’s here and you were hoping to get in shape, eat healthier, spend more time with your friends, and enjoy the great outdoors. Maybe you recently took on the role of a caregiver for your elderly mother or father and realize you simply don’t have time for those things now.

Even though you don’t believe you have the time for these things, it’s essential that you make time for them.

If your elderly loved one relied on an experienced home care aide, you would have the time to pursue the interests and activities that are most important to you. Unfortunately, far too many family members feel guilty if they don’t step up and care for an elderly parent or other loved one.

They may feel like it’s their responsibility and essentially give up a year, two, or more of their life to be there for those who were there for them.

In truth, people have responsibility to their children when they’re young and to themselves. Caring for an aging parent is certainly wonderful, but when it causes the adult child or other family member to give up on their own life or things that will keep them happy and healthy, it will create more problems in the long run. That’s because of the impact caregiver stress can have.

Staying in peak physical condition is a matter of will.

If you want to stay in good physical condition, you need to take an active role in it. You cannot be passive. In other words, you can’t wait around hoping for an opportunity to get out and exercise.

Even if you decide to continue being a caregiver, here are some tips that may just help you get at least some exercise every day to be healthier.

Springtime Fitness Tip #1: Take the stairs.

If you go to the mall or some other store and there is an escalator or elevator, take the stairs instead. Just a simple climb up two or three flights of stairs can get your heart rate ramped up and give you some valuable exercise.

Springtime Fitness Tip #2: Walk to the store.

Instead of driving to the store, why not walk? As long as it’s safe, put on your walking shoes and go at a brisk pace. It might take you 20 minutes or even half an hour to get there, but it’s well worth it.

Springtime Fitness Tip #3: Take yoga.

Taking a yoga class two or three times a week might seem like a luxury, but it’s a powerful way to get incredibly valuable exercise that will help you stay healthy, strengthen your heart, and even alleviate the stress you feel as a family caregiver.

If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Stamford, CT please contact the caring staff at Fairfield Family Care at 203-295-3477.

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Valerie VanBooven RN BSN

Editor in Chief at Approved Senior Network
Valerie is a Registered Nurse and long-term care expert. She has published 4 books on caring for aging adults and is the Editor in Chief of HomeCareDaily.com and ApprovedSeniorNetwork.com
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