Keeping up with your aging adult is much easier when you’re following an exercise routine that you love. It helps you sleep better and have more energy throughout the day, so no matter how busy you are as a caregiver, you need to find the time to exercise.
What Makes You Feel Great?
Before you start exercising, sit down and really think about what exercises make you feel great. It might be dance or hiking, but if it makes you feel awesome, write it down on your list. Before too long, you’ll hopefully have a list that you can pull from to help you stay excited about the exercise you’re doing.
Let Yourself Get into Your Routine
No habit is formed overnight, believe it or not. Bad habits are easier to form, of course, so it’s important to give yourself time to adapt to your new exercise routine. Consistency is way more important than running a full mile the first week you start exercising. Be gentle with yourself.
Set Yourself up for Success with Exercise
If you set yourself up for failure with your new exercise goals, then you’re going to do just that. Schedule in time for exercise and then stick to it. Make exercise super easy for yourself by keeping workouts enjoyable and at a time that works best for you.
Find an Accountability Partner
Having someone else who is relying on you to work out can help to keep you exercising. Your accountability buddy might even be your aging family member, especially if you’re exercising together. What you need is someone who will hold your feet to the fire if you decide that you don’t really need to get any exercise in today.
Set up Some Rewards for Yourself
It’s not all about keeping yourself tied to the treadmill, though. Work out a system of rewards for yourself. When you exercise for a month solid, for example, what will you reward yourself with? Make it something that you can anticipate and that you won’t cave on if you don’t hit your goal.
If there’s anything about your exercise plan that isn’t working, make some changes.