One problem with being a caregiver is that you might feel as if your time isn’t really your own. You may be running around handling situations for everyone else in your life all day before realizing that you never did get any exercise in. But there are some ways that you can increase your movement each day without setting aside an hour for a workout.
Throw Yourself a Dance Party.
Dancing is a great way to get your heart rate up and it doesn’t have to take a long time at all. Put together a few songs that you really like and that get you moving. When you have just a couple of minutes, pick one of the songs and really rock out until the song is over. You’ll be surprised how much movement you can get in during one three-minute song.
Walk When You Talk on the Phone.
If you’re on the phone often during the day, get into the habit of standing up and walking around when you’re on the phone. For some people, walking and talking is distracting, so you can also try simply standing while you talk on the phone. This little extra bit of calorie burning can make a difference over the span of an entire day.
Use Stairs Whenever You Have a Choice.
Depending on your situation, you may have a choice between stairs, elevators, and escalators at different times during your day. If that’s the case, try to pick the stairs more often. This gives you a chance to get where you need to go and burn some calories.
Change Your Parking Spot.
If you have a choice about where you can park, you might want to try parking a little farther away from your destination than you usually do. As you gradually become more active, you can try parking a little farther away every few days.
Start Using a Fitness Tracker.
Fitness trackers help you to have a solid picture of how active you’re really being. Most track steps and some will track other details, such as your heart rate and your sleep patterns. These types of devices can help you to challenge yourself to move just that little bit more every day.
Even moving a little bit more can make a big difference for you. If you’re planning to do more, you might want to talk to your own doctor before beginning any sort of formal exercise program.