If you’re a family caregiver, you’ve probably already been told that you should start an exercise plan. The problem is that exercising isn’t necessarily fun for most people and it’s easy to put off starting an exercise plan.
Start out Small and Work Your Way Up
If you start out deciding that you’re going to train for a marathon, you’re going to get overwhelmed extremely quickly. On the other hand, if you decide that today you’re going to go for a walk, that’s a solid start. One walk at a time can help you to gradually work your way up to a full exercise plan.
Get Your Exercise in Early
Many people find that if they wait until later in the day, exercise is easier and easier to put off. For that reason, it’s a good idea to get your exercise in as early in your day as you can. This helps you to avoid conflicts with other responsibilities and your elderly loved one’s needs.
Focus on Exercise that You Enjoy
Also, if you’re choosing exercises that you hate, you’re going to have a much easier time putting them off. Look at the exercises that you like, even if they aren’t considered traditional exercise. For example, if you love dancing to your favorite music, make that your morning exercise. Get up, put on a high energy playlist and then dance for 20 minutes or so. You’ll get a lot more enjoyment out of that than you will torturing yourself through a five-mile jog that you hate.
Build in a Reward System
Rewards are so popular because they work. Figure out how to reward yourself for sticking with your exercise program. For example, you might decide to reward yourself for exercising each day with a few minutes of reading just for fun. For an entire week of working out, you might reward yourself with a movie. After a longer period of time, you might give yourself an even bigger reward.
The biggest tip for you to follow is to keep going. Once you get started with a regular exercise plan, make sure that you keep up with it. Exercising even a little bit every day will give you huge benefits.
Exercise can do so very much for your emotional and physical health if you give it a solid chance.
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