Your exercise preferences, and adherence to a plan you enjoy, are key to your success in sticking to regular physical activity. Fitness is fun and easy to implement into our lives if we look forward to it and feel good afterward.
It's important to develop patterns that fit well into your lifestyle. Whether you are a "type A" corporate executive, or a busy and overworked stay-at-home parent, you're likely to have very little time to devote to fitness. You need a solid plan that is doable.
Fitness is about more than just liking what you see in the mirror, or being able to run a certain distance or do a gazillion sit-ups. It's about loving and appreciating your body and all the things it does for you every day and all night, without you thinking about breathing or digesting or healing or all the other things we so subconsciously.
Our bodies LOVE to move, and are happy when we engage in regular wiggling, whether it's a walk with the dog, a jog with the baby in the stroller, a swim at the pool, yoga, tai chi, pilates, weight training, dancing, gardening, sports, or any number of other ways to move.
Caregivers often need a comprehensive workout plan that they can do at home with little equipment, since it’s difficult, unsafe, or impossible to leave their loved one for long enough to go to the gym or out for a run or walk.
Many caregivers are aging themselves, and may have painful knees, fragile backs, or stiff joints. They may need personalized fitness plans to accommodate these limitations. As a physical therapist assistant for the past 30 years, I’ve worked in outpatient, rehab, and home health settings with thousands of clients. I have extensive experience creating fitness plans and modifying exercises to benefit any body at any fitness level, and to help you build strength, flexibility, endurance, and mobility starting from right where you are now.”
Regular activity with the right dietary habits will help you feel amazing when you work, play, sit on the floor, get up from the floor, run errands, have family activities, hobbies, outings, and everything else that you may tend to limit when you don't have the energy.