You’ve probably heard every reason already for a family caregiver to exercise regularly, but that doesn’t fix your motivation. Getting and staying motivated to exercise is a lot more difficult than it sounds, even if a part of you wants to exercise more often.
Set up a Buddy System for Exercising
Caregivers tend to be motivated by having someone else depending on them to do something. Use that quirk to your favor when it comes to exercise by teaming up with a friend or another caregiver to be exercise buddies. What this means is that you’re going to schedule times to exercise together and those appointments can’t be broken because the other person is counting on you.
Join a Gym or a Class
Another motivating factor can be that you’ve already paid to do something. If you join a gym or sign up for a series of classes, you almost always need to pay in advance. Now, this isn’t a great idea if you can’t truly afford to spend that money, so be wise about what you sign up for and what the final expense is going to be.
Figure out the One Activity Guaranteed to Get You Moving
Most people have at least one activity or event that is a surefire way to get moving. For some folks that’s playing with kids or pets. For others, it’s all about that impromptu dance party when your favorite song starts playing. No matter what that one activity is, start doing it more often. The more you move, the better you’ll feel.
Stop Thinking of Exercise as a “Have to” Activity
If you’re thinking about exercise as an obligation, it starts to weigh you down. If you “have to” do it, you’re already in the wrong mindset. By choosing activities you enjoy and people that you enjoy exercising with, you make it more of a fun activity. Take exercise out of the “have to” box and put it in the “want to” category. When you can do that consistently, you’re going to find yourself far more motivated.
Once you know what works to keep your motivation going, stick with it.
If you or an aging loved-one are considering caregivers in Medford, NJ, please contact the caring staff at TLC Home Care Services today. Call (856) 234-8700 for more information.
Kelly C. McCabe is a founding partner and co-owner of TLC HomeCare Services.She and her business partner,Patti Maltese founded TLC HomeCare Services in March of 2009.In addition to management, marketing and sales, staffing and recruiting, Kelly holds her New Jersey producer’s license in Health and Life insurance and is also a New Jersey Certified Home Health Aide.Kelly is the proud mother of two daughters and is a resident of Moorestown, NJ.