With all of the shopping, attending events, going to parties, visiting, and traveling, you might feel like you are always on the go during the holiday season. When you really consider what you are doing, however, along with the extra treats, less healthy meals, and busier schedule that might stop you from following through with your usual workout schedule, you may realize that you are actually not as active as you would want to be, or even should be.
Staying active is an extremely important part of maintaining a healthy weight, keeping your body strong, flexible, and responsive, and reducing the risk of illness and infection that you could spread to your vulnerable elder parent, but it is also important for reducing stress and maintaining better mental and emotional well-being.
Use these tips to help you stay active during the holiday season:
- Put time to exercise on your calendar and treat it like any other appointment or obligation in your life. That will ensure that you do not overbook your days.
- Stand up at a counter or tall table when wrapping presents rather than sitting down. If you have one available, use a mini-stepper or elliptical to keep you moving.
- Stretch or use an exercise machine while you are watching television or movies at the end of the day.
- Park on the opposite side of the shopping center or mall from the stores that you intend on visiting so that you can add some extra steps while shopping without putting yourself at increased risk.
- Plan active gatherings with family and friends, such as caroling, ice skating, walking around the neighborhood to see Christmas lights, or going to a Christmas event at a local theme park rather than just sitting inside and talking.
Whether you have just gotten started caring for your elder parent or have been their family caregiver for years, elder care can be an exceptional supplement to their care routine. The highly personalized services of an elderly care provider can ensure that your parent gets the care, support, companionship, and assistance needed to help them to manage their challenges and limitations, and pursue a lifestyle that is as active, engaged, and independent as possible as they age in place.
These services can include safe and reliable transportation, physical support to manage mobility challenges, respectful and dignified assistance with personal care needs and activities of daily living such as bathing and eating, help with meal preparation, and more. Knowing that your parent has this care available will give you tremendous peace of mind, ease your stress, and help you to focus on your relationship with your parent and the other aspects of your life.