How much exercise have you gotten lately?
If you’re a family caregiver, it might not be very much at all. If that’s the case and you’re about the average age for a family caregiver (48), then it’s time to pay more attention to your health right now.
“But I don’t have time!” you may be exhorting.
Are you sure you don’t have time?
Most family caregivers say yes, they are sure. After all, you spend almost every free moment of your time and day looking after this aging senior. It might be your elderly mother or father, grandparent, your spouse, a sibling, or somebody else.
You may wake up a little bit earlier than you have ever been used to so you can stop by on your way to work. You might go over to their house after work, spend a couple of hours helping them cook dinner, do the laundry, and run errands.
By the time you get home, it’s late and you are exhausted. You may drop down on the couch completely spent and let the colorful airwaves from the TV wash over you before you finally crawl your way into bed only to wake up the next morning and do it all over again.
Where can you possibly find time to exercise?
There is a simple solution many family caregivers simply overlook or ignore. It’s called home care.
You may have thought that home care is a bad idea for one reason or another. This is all rooted in misconceptions and myths about it. In fact, more seniors prefer to age in place and home care is the best option that allows them to do that.
A home care aide could support this senior in your life for a few hours every afternoon or evening or just three days a week.
Imagine getting out of work knowing you don’t have to stop by your mother’s house to look in on her, cook her meals, or clean up after her. Imagine you could instead go to the gym.
Or maybe the home care provider would work in the morning so you can sleep on your normal schedule, wake up, head off to the gym, and then shower and head to work.
You see, you do have time to exercise.
Exercise is crucial. Make sure you set time aside for it so you don’t face unexpected health issues as a result of a failure to exercise right. After all, what would happen to the senior if you suddenly couldn’t even take care of yourself for a while?