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20-Minute Exercise Routines for the Busy Caregiver

By Patrick Philbrick-Director on May 5, 2015 12:59:23 AM

Caregiver in Cameron Park CA

caregiver-exercises.jpgBeing a caregiver will usually place a great deal of pressure on a person’s life. The family caregiver may not feel like he or she has a lot of time to take on other things and one of the first aspects of life that get left behind in these situations is exercise.

Exercise is one of the most important things people can do for their overall health and well-being. Eating a healthy diet is also essential, but without proper exercise, especially for somebody who has a job or other tendencies where they sit around for a majority of the day, it can lead to a number of serious health issues, including increased risk of heart disease, stroke, and other ailments.

Below are a couple of 20 minute exercise routines that caregivers can do, whether they choose to do it with the elderly client or on their own. When a person stops to think about it, grabbing 20 minutes of exercise every day is not really that hard to do. The average person watches three hours of television programming every single day throughout the United States. Even the busy caregiver who goes home at the end of a long day, crawls into bed, and turns on the TV for an hour or two is suddenly opening up more than enough time to get a good exercise routine in.

Exercise Routine #1: Jogging.

Going for a jog is a great way to get some exercise. Just a quick 10 minute jog away from the house and then back (another 10 minutes, equaling 20 minutes) can provide a great deal of cardiovascular workout that gets the heart rate elevated.

Exercise Routine #2: Calisthenics.

Doing jumping jacks, push-ups, sit-ups, and other exercises in one place will instantly get the heart rate elevated and as long as the heart rate is elevated for at least 15 minutes a day, that’s going to be a worthwhile exercise routine.

Exercise Routine #3: Yoga.

There are a growing number of yoga instructors and classes across the country that can help people get the right level of exercise. Focusing on a beginner yoga class could be a great asset. Many classes are an hour, at least, but there are also numerous instructors who understand time constraints and can put on shorter classes that provide the right level of exercise.

The more exercise you get, the better you’re going to feel. You’re also going to have more energy and that can help you be a better caregiver for the family member in your life. If you can’t find any time to exercise, though, it’s time to seriously consider talking to the senior about hiring professional in home care providers, at least for one or two days a week.

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