You are a wonderful family caregiver, but if you are like others in your situation, you put your elderly loved one’s needs ahead of your own all the time. This means that you neglect your own health and wellness, especially exercise. Due to the demand on your time, you probably feel guilty for even thinking of getting away to exercise, but you shouldn’t. Regular exercise will help you become a better caregiver to your elderly loved one in many ways.
Benefits of Exercise for You
Of course, you know that exercise is good for the body, but do you know all the specifics? Regular exercise, at least 30 minutes a day for three or four days each week is enough to reduce your risk of diseases like diabetes, depression and heart disease. Exercise strengthens your muscles, especially your core, and gives you more energy. You’ll have a better chance at controlling your weight to a healthy level, and things like digestion and circulation ill improve as well. When you exercise regularly, you sleep better, too.
Mentally, exercise is good for you as it’s a proven stress-buster. Caring for your aging relative is rewarding but also very stressful. Exercise helps your body deal with stress because it releases “feel-good” hormones that flood you with relaxing feelings. With all these positive results from exercise, there’s no reason to put it off any longer. You know that exercise is the right thing to do, but how do you make the time for it?
Hire a Home Care Provider
If you haven’t looked into hiring home care providers, you should find a reputable company and schedule someone with experience in working with aging adults like your loved one. The home care provider can be at their home any time you need them to. They’ll provide companionship and assistance to your aging loved one, so that they remain comfortable, healthy and entertained. Home care providers can help seniors with hygiene, grooming, dressing and getting around the house. When it’s time for a meal, home care providers can fix healthy options. Supervision is important too, from medication management to preventing seniors from wandering off.
When you hire a home care provider, you’re getting someone who has the experience and the compassion to be with your aging loved one and take are of their needs while you take some time for yourself. It bears repeating that when you make the time to exercise regularly, you’ll be able to manage the stress that comes with your duties and you’ll be healthier and happier as well.
Give yourself the gift of time so you can regularly exercise. It is certainly one of the best things that you can do for yourself to provide your aging loved one with the best in-home care they can get. There’s no need to feel guilty about leaving your elderly relative for a while to exercise when a home care provider is with them.
If you or an aging loved one are considering Caregivers in Perry, FL, please call the caring staff at Hopewell In-Home Senior Care today at 850-386-5552. Providing Senior Care Services in North Florida
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