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Awesome Exercises Family Caregivers Should Consider

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Providing care to an aging loved one can be a physically draining task for family caregivers. If you don’t find a positive outlet, your mental and emotional health could be put in jeopardy. One positive way to manage the challenges of caregiving is to create and commit to a regular exercise routine. Here are some exercises that can boost your overall health and prevent burnout. 

Pilates 

Many caregivers experience a decrease in health due to poor nutrition, lack of physical activity, and exhaustion. Adding Pilates to your weekly workout routine can help you maintain a healthy weight, increase your flexibility and muscle strength, boost your metabolism, and lower your risk of injuries. Pilates can also lower the likelihood of slips and falls due to exhaustion caused by constantly lifting a senior loved one. 

Caring for a senior loved one can be rewarding, but it can also be overwhelming for family caregivers who have other responsibilities they need to focus on. For these families, the perfect solution is respite care. Edmonton families rely on our caregivers whenever they need time to rest, work, run errands, and even go on vacation.

Weight Lifting 

Lifting weights is a great exercise for caregivers who have to lift their elderly loved ones up on a regular basis. The activity allows caregivers to gain muscle strength without bulking up. Weight lifting releases positive endorphins in the body, which can boost mood and reduce stress levels. You can lift weights inside of your home, or you can join a weight lifting class at the local gym. Anytime you feel overwhelmed from your caregiving duties, take a short break and go lift weights to regroup and recharge. 

Zumba 

Engaging in Zumba is an amazing way for family caregivers to unwind and let go of negative emotions. You can join a local Zumba class at the gym, the community center, or even at your church. If none of these businesses and organizations offer Zumba classes, reach out to other family caregivers through support groups and start your own Zumba class. While working out your body and maintaining good physical health, you can also boost your emotional health by surrounding yourself with others and receiving the socialization you crave. It is important to socialize with people other than your loved one to prevent boredom and loneliness. 

If you need a break from your caregiving duties to rest or exercise, consider hiring a professional caregiver. In Edmonton, senior home care providers can benefit aging adults in a variety of ways. From cooking nutritious meals to offering timely medication reminders, the dedicated caregivers at Home Care Assistance are available to help your elderly loved one 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Chair Squats 

Moving a senior loved one around the home, rearranging the furniture, performing transfers in and out of the bed or bathtub, or doing household chores can lead to joint pain. Family caregivers who want to build their muscle strength, lose weight, and lower their body fat should try out chair squats. Doing squats on a regular basis can build upper and lower body strength and reduce joint pain and tension.

Hiring a professional caregiver is one of the best ways to reduce your caregiving burden and lower your likelihood of experiencing burnout. If you are the primary caregiver for a senior family member and are looking for professional home care, Edmonton Home Care Assistance should be your top choice. Our dedicated and compassionate caregivers are committed to helping older adults manage their health and enjoy a higher quality of life in the golden years. To create a comprehensive in-home care plan for your aging loved one, give us a call at (780) 490-7337 today.