Exercise can help to keep you healthy by lowering your risk of developing long-term conditions such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes and stroke. It can also boost your self-esteem, improve your mood and help you to sleep better. Being fit and active can also can assist with the physical demands of your caring role by lowering your risk of injury and helping to keep your energy levels high.

For many carers, finding the time to go attend an exercise class or go to the gym may seem impossible. However, staying active doesn’t have to be complicated or time-consuming. Sometimes just a five-minute walk down the road or a jog round the garden can make the world of difference.

Try to think of ways you could bring more activity into your normal day. For example, if you usually drive or get public transport when running errands locally, why not walk instead or get off the bus stop early?

If you struggle to get time out of the house by yourself, you could try an exercise DVD or a workout video on YouTube. There are lots to choose from, catering for all ages and levels of fitness. You could even do one that combines exercise with relaxation, such as yoga.

If staying active is something that the person you are caring for also struggles with, you could find a video that is suitable for their needs too, and do it together.

If you have any health conditions that might impact your ability to exercise, talk to your GP or another medical professional for their advice about the types of exercise that would be best for you.

Exercising at Home

You can find useful resources on the NHS Better Health website.

Here’s a short video about how exercising has helped these carers – How Exercise Benefits Carers