How Can You Start Exercising and Stick with it, Even as a Busy Family Caregiver?

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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.

Caregiver Wooster OH - How Can You Start Exercising and Stick with it, Even as a Busy Family Caregiver?

Caregiver Wooster OH – How Can You Start Exercising and Stick with it, Even as a Busy Family Caregiver?

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.

If you are considering Caregiver Services in Wooster OH, call the caring staff at Central Star Home Health at (419) 610-2161.  Providing services for families in Mansfield, Lexington, Bellville, Mt. Gilead, Loudonville, Crestline, Galion, Shelby, Ashland, Wooster, and the surrounding areas.
About the author: Tracy Clark
Tracy began working for Star Multi Care as the Administrator of the Mansfield, Ohio office in March, 2012. In January, 2014 she was relocated to Florida to assume the role as Branch Administrator of the Pembroke Pines and subsequently the Home Health Liaison until coming back to Ohio in June, 2015. Prior to working at Star Multi Care, Tracy attended Marion Technical School for Business Administration and served as a United States Army Medic during Desert Shield. However, her true life’s work was awakened while spending 12 years in the long term care and assisted living arena. She quickly learned that assisting older adults was a passion that could not be denied. Tracy takes pride in being able to meet with each of her clients upon admission. Getting to know each of them enables her to personalize the care they receive and to direct her staff to ensure they receive the highest quality of care. In addition to her role as Home Health Liaison, Tracy has always been active in her community. She has served on the Salvation Army Advisory Board as Secretary, is a Certified Salvation Army National Disaster Responder, one of 1500 Specialists in 50 states to complete Mather LifeWays “PREPARE” training which trains professionals to address the medical and psychosocial needs of elderly residents affected by emergency situations, a member of the Advisory Committee for the Clinical Care Specialist Program at Madison Adult Career Center and is a member of various professional organizations throughout southeast Florida.