Exercise Options for Caregivers

4.24.2017
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Curated by
Kristen Sachs
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In The News
Curated by
Kristen Sachs

If you’re a caregiver, no doubt you’ve heard a million times over the importance of getting some exercise to help maintain your overall health. Afterall, you can’t take care of someone else if you don’t take care of yourself, right?

So here are some exercise options when it comes to getting your health on the right track.

  • Walking – With a good pair of walking shoes, this exercise can be done both outdoors and indoors. Walking helps to exercise your body and clear your mind. And if you have a walking buddy, it’s a good time to catch up on some conversation as you walk together.
     
  • Videos – There are literally hundreds of videos available online. One word of advice for caregivers is to try to find videos that focus on light strength training exercises rather than high impact movements, as you don’t want to hurt yourself.
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  • Swimming – This is a great low-impact work out that engages nearly every muscle in your body, including your heart. It’s another exercise that will help clear your mind from the stress caregiving often brings.
     
  • Group Classes – Why not take the opportunity to try staying fit in a group setting. Maybe there’s a yoga or tai chi class at a local community center you’ve been curious about. Group classes are a great way to enjoy the company of others while getting exercise.

Taking good care of yourself will help you sleep better, have more energy, and feel better overall. Try a little exercise and start seeing the positive results!

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