For some people working from home is a dream, while for others it can be boring or demotivating. Whatever your side is, there is a fact: telecommuting can lead to a sedentary life. Most work is done while sitting at the same spot and because you don’t even have to walk to arrive at your workplace it is easy to have longs periods of inactivity.
Remote working is becoming increasingly popular due to the coronavirus pandemic. That is why we are resuming five strategies to stay active when working from home. Your physical and mental health need to remain active!
Schedule your workout
You should find time to exercise and it is better if you schedule it. You can make promises to yourself that you will exercise every day, but you will always find excuses to miss it out. So the best way is to treat your workout as a priority. Try different hours and routines, decide what suits you, and then schedule your time to exercise.
To be sure you really incorporate your workout routine maybe you need to know what forms of exercise you can do without leaving the house. Online yoga/pilates classes could be a good option because it also helps you relax. We use technology for everything today, why not use it for this as well? On Youtube, for example, you can find many workouts for every level and intensity.
Besides, you can try squats, jogging on the spot, plank, burpees, jumping jacks, push up, dumbbell lifts (if you are starting with strength training you can use simple household items such as bottles of water or laundry detergents)
Get up every hour
When your at peak concentration, you may not realise that you are in the same position for hours. That is not good for your health and, specifically, not for your back and neck. A clever solution is to set a timer to remind you to get up and move for a few minutes every hour. It is very important to take breaks.
Change your position, grab a healthy snack, walk up and down the stairs, stretch your arms above your head, rotate your wrists and ankles, turn your head from left to right, up and down, talk to a friend, make a cup of tea… Your brain and body will be refreshed and your power of concentration for your next task will be better!
Take walking conference calls
If a phone call does not require you to use your computer or webcam, you can take it while walking. Use that moment to stand up and move and you will force yourself to take a screen break. Moving creates greater blood flow, which helps in thinking, and also engages the lymph nodes, which relaxes us. Researchers at Stanford University have discovered that walking boosts creative inspiration, which is probably why you always feel full of ideas during a walk.
Wear your workout clothes
Putting your workout clothes and/or your sneakers in the morning will make you more likely to stand up and grab a glass of water, take breaks to strength, to go up and down the stairs… It is like you are ready to go for a walk or workout at any time. This is a tip for people who have trouble to begin and needs impulse.
To sum up, having a daily routine for work and exercise is really important to keep you active. But just a quick reminder: you need to set realistic goals to be able to follow them. If you are setting unrealistic goals you will be frustrated because you won’t do it. Take a look at what you are planned, try it for a few days, and ask yourself if it is possible and if you want to do it. If the answer is no… Try something new!