Family caregivers struggle with many things, and exercise is a biggie. If you’re caring for your dad, are you taking time out to get in 30 minutes of exercise a day? It can be really hard to fit that in when your dad needs constant supervision and isn’t very mobile.
How do you fit exercise into your daily routine when your day is busy? Here are tips for getting enough exercise.
Take Your Dad With You
If your dad needs a wheelchair, put him in the car and go to a local park that has paved walking paths. Push him around at steady pace. He gets fresh air and you get exercise. Bring a picnic and turn it into an afternoon away from the house. Many parks have wheelchair-friendly picnic tables and bathroom facilities.
Turn Housework Into an Aerobic Session
Turn on some music. While you vacuum, dust, or clean the different rooms, move around to the beat. It doesn’t matter if you look good, you simply want to move as much as possible while you’re cleaning.
How can you do this? If you need to vacuum the stairs, use the stairs as steps and step up and down each one several times while you’re vacuuming a stair. If you’re mopping a floor, pull your best Gene Kelly moves and dance with that mop and broom just like he did in Thousands Cheer.
Use the Car as Little As Possible
Your dad needs eggs. You could drive to the nearest store, but it may be within walking distance. See if a neighbor will sit with your dad while you walk to the store and back. If you don’t have a neighbor, you could get your dad to join you.
Call a Home Care Agency
If you haven’t addressed your need for respite care, it’s time. With a professional home care aide caring for your dad, you have a few hours to yourself. You can use these hours to go for a walk or bike ride. You can head to a fitness class at a local gym. Join a community sports league.
Respite care gives you time to yourself. While you’re doing your own thing, you don’t have to worry about your dad being alone. It’s an ideal way to take a break and get the exercise you need. Call a home care agency to learn more about pricing.
If you or an aging loved one are considering home care in Howell, NJ, contact the caring staff at Care Street Home Care’s Ocean/Monmouth Division. Call today 732-719-7011.
Dr. Shelly, as he is fondly known, has served as an Alzheimer’s Support Group Facilitator in Mercer County and is a Certified Dementia Instructor. Knowledgeable, compassionate, and unusually devoted, his guidance is crucial in helping families understand their options and render decisions for their loved ones’ care plan. Dr. Shelly’s extensive experience, sincere and pleasant demeanor, and professional affiliations have made him a vital asset to Care Street.
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