5 Great Exercises for Family Caregivers

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Caregivers often become so involved in providing for others that they neglect their health and wellbeing. However, if they do not maintain their emotional, mental, and physical health, family caregivers are more likely to experience burnout or illness. Engaging in routine physical activity is one of the best ways to stay healthy. Whatever exercise you choose, get some type of physical activity three to five times each week for 30 to 60 minutes to reap the most benefits. Here are a few exercises family caregivers should consider.

1. Walking or Hiking

Walking costs nothing and can be accomplished anywhere. In urban areas, take your mind off everyday responsibilities by listening to upbeat music while walking. If you live close to nature trails, simply enjoy the sounds of nature while walking or hiking. When the weather turns cold, rainy, or otherwise unpleasant, go walking at the mall or an indoor track. Perhaps invest in a treadmill. Walking is wonderful for strengthening the cardiovascular system along with lower torso and leg muscles. 

Consider hiring a professional caregiver if you need some time off from your caregiving duties to exercise. Families shouldn’t have to worry about finding reliable home care. Mesa Home Care Assistance is a leading provider of elderly home care. We offer a proprietary program called the Balanced Care Method, which uses holistic methods to promote senior health, our caregivers and Care Managers are available 24/7, and all of our in-home care services are backed with a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

2. Swimming

Swimming provides an overall body workout. The exercise works the major muscle groups and the cardiovascular and respiratory systems. Swim in a local indoor or outdoor pool, or consider taking a water aerobics class. Swimming with other family members or friends also offers the chance to get in some socialization, which family caregivers often lack. 

Family caregivers sometimes need a break from their caregiving responsibilities. When they need respite care, Mesa families can rely on professional caregivers to help their senior loved ones remain safe at home.

3. Strength Training

Strength training exercises focus on specific muscle groups to enhance mass and endurance, which is especially helpful when daily responsibilities require physical strength. The exercises can be accomplished at fitness centers using modern equipment or in the home with traditional weights. Strength training can also benefit the cardiovascular system when the routine involves performing a series of targeted exercises one after the other in a series, which is known as circuit training. 

4. Cycling

Caregivers have the option of riding a bike indoors or out. While strengthening the legs and hips, cycling also benefits the cardiovascular system. Indoors on a stationary bike, ride while watching your favorite TV program or listening to inspirational music. Outdoors, cycling might involve a pleasant journey through the community or along a nature trail.

5. Meditating

Providing care often becomes stressful for a variety of reasons that include taking on too many responsibilities. While occasional stress can keep people alert and responsive, chronic stress commonly leads to illness. Consider setting aside time to alleviate stress and worries by practicing meditation. Find a quiet location, play soothing music, and focus on relaxing each region of your body from head to toe. Stay in a restful state for as long as needed until the tension subsides.

Hiring a professional caregiver is one of the best ways to take a break from your caregiving duties to focus on your own health. Families who need help caring for a senior loved one can turn to Home Care Assistance, a leading provider of Mesa senior care. Services available in our customizable care plans include meal prep, mental and social stimulation, assistance with personal hygiene tasks, and much more. To learn about our premier home care plans, give us a call at (480) 699-4899 today.