By Marlo Sollitto, AgingCare.com contributing editor
When you’re caring for someone else, it seems there aren’t enough hours of the day to get everything done. Of all the things you want to do in your “spare time,” exercise might be the last activity on your list. Yet out of all the activities you could do, exercise may be the most beneficial because it can keep you from getting sick, help you sleep better, and increase energy throughout the day.
But if it feels like one more chore or routine that you don’t look forward to, you are less likely to follow through on your good intentions. The good news is, you don’t have to work out at the gym 5 days a week to get in shape. Although all exercise takes some effort, it doesn’t always have to feel like work. So find some help watching mom or dad for a few hours a week, and take care of yourself.
Here are 6 ideas for ways to help make exercise feel more like fun, and less like work:
1) Enlist a friend
Find someone to be your exercise buddy. Don’t choose just anyone: Pick someone who is full of energy, fun and who you look forward to spending time with. That way, you’ll want to exercise just to be with your friend. Look for someone who’s more committed than you, so they can keep you motivated.
2) Group Fitness
Group classes are a way to meet new people, and be motivated to go each time. Local Parks and Recreation departments or Community Centers offer low-cost group exercise programs, such as yoga, tai chi, step aerobics and water exercise classes. They are a great way to improve flexibility, muscle tone and relaxation.
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