Exercise

Most of us find it difficult to put aside time for exercise but as little as 30 minutes of moderate activity every day will help you to sustain the physical and emotional demands of your caring role.

We all know physical activity is important for our health and wellbeing, but 'exercise' is one of those words that conjures up very different feelings for different people.

You may see it as something enjoyable - relieving tension and stress and making you feel good. Or you may see it as just one more chore to add to an already long list. We've provided some ideas to help you get the exercise you'd like or know you need.

Make a plan

You'll move more if you plan for physical activity. Aim for 30 minutes of physical exercise each day. You might be surprised just how active you are already and that you may just need to step it up a little to get all the exercise you need - an extra walk or two each week, or more time in the garden.


Do what you can

If you are unable to exercise vigorously, do what you can. Every bit of physical activity will contribute to overall wellbeing. For example, try stretching exercises to increase your flexibility.

You may also be able to include the person you support in your exercise routine, whether it's stretching and strengthening exercises or activities like gardening or going for a walk.


Better together

Make an exercise date with a family member or friend. You can encourage each other, and the social aspect makes the time go faster. It might be easier to try something new - like Zumba class - if you go with someone you know.

If there is a shared game or activity you enjoy, but you can never find the time, it may help to make a firm commitment to play regularly with the same partner. You'll make an extra effort because you won't want to let them down. It might also make it easier for the person you support to accept your absence if it's a regular thing.


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