Get Moving Tips for Caregivers

Updated:Jun 6,2017

You may be like many people who weren't active enough even before they started caregiving. Now, as a caregiver, it’s important that you also take good care of yourself including fitting physical activity into your life. It will go far toward keeping you fit for a job that can be physically and mentally draining.

To do the best for your loved one, you must be in the best possible health yourself.

Here are some tips to help you get moving.
  1. joggersStart with a one-month goal you know you can reach. Make it easy to succeed. Example: "I'll walk five more minutes twice a day at least five days a week for one month."
  2. Stretch. When done properly, stretching activities can increase flexibility. Ease yourself into a stretch, relax, and don't push or bounce. Exhale as you stretch. Inhale while holding the stretch. Close your eyes for deeper relaxation. 
  3. Move during commercials. Every time one comes on TV, get up and move. Lift your legs, walk in place or do a mat exercise. 
  4. Use music or podcasts while you're doing housework. It will speed up your activity and the time will fly by.
  5. Take out your frustrations on the lawn! Raking leaves, trimming hedges and gardening will give you some physical activity, relax you and give you a sense of accomplishment.
  6. Track and log your progress. It will motivate you and highlight your accomplishments. Record times throughout the week when you’ve been active for at least 10 minutes. Print our activity tracker to help get you started.
  7. Yoga can give mind and body fitness. It originated as a term to describe a contemplative state aiming to cease mental activity and achieve superior consciousness. 
  8. Lift weights. Spend a lot of time on the phone? Grab your weights and do some arm repetitions. No weights? Use cans or jars from the pantry.

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This content was last reviewed June 2017.

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