The Surgeon General advises at least two and a half hours of aerobic (meaning with Oxygen) exercise each week. Ten minutes a day is a good place to start. Exercise could involve swimming, biking, running, or walking. However, getting any kind of aerobic exercise when you’re an involved caregiver is not easy. Some caregivers say it’s impossible.
As a caregiver, you probably get plenty of physical activity but formal exercise is different. Physical activity is any form of movement that uses energy, including all activities of daily living. Lifting or moving the person for whom you are providing care is one example.
Exercise is activity of greater intensity and duration harder than typical daily activities. It involves planned and repeated movements that have the potential to maintain or improve physical fitness.
Here’s how you, as a caregiver, can get more exercise:
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