February 14

Staying Active when working from home

The rise of flexible working means many people now fully or partially work from home.

Although there are benefits to working from home such as saving time and money on commuting and a better work life balance, our physical health can suffer due to it creating a sedentary lifestyle which makes it difficult to stay healthy and active.

However, by incorporating exercise into your daily routine, you can counteract the negative effects of working from home and maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Here are a few tips to get you started:

Create a routine.
Set aside specific times for exercise, just as you would for work or other responsibilities. You wouldn’t forget to put a client meeting in your calendar, so don’t do the same with exercise!

Take breaks and stretch
Regular breaks during work hours can help reduce eye strain and improve posture and focus. Use these breaks to stretch, take a walk or do some quick exercises. Set an alarm on your phone as a reminder to get up and move or to drink water!

Dress Casual and Get Ready to Sweat
Wearing sports wear while working at home not only feels comfortable, but if you are dressed for a workout and you have some free time due to a cancelled meeting you can go straight into an unexpected workout.

Use previous commuting time to workout.
Now is not the time to snooze the alarm and use the time you would spend commuting to sleep! Instead use that time to do a workout- it was time you previously didn’t have and getting a workout out of the way first thing in the morning is a great way to start the day! The extra energy you get will spill over into your day helping to increase your productivity.

Don’t Get Glued to Your Desk
Consider standing while working to save you from the health dangers associated with all-day sitting and strengthens your leg muscles. If you don’t have a standing desk you can use your kitchen worktop

Walk Around When You Work
Some lines of work involve a lot of phone time. Walk around and use that time to improve your fitness. Specialists say that you need just 30 minutes of walking every day to improve your cardiovascular fitness.

Get Outdoors Every Day
For most people, working from home means staying indoors all day long. Being in the outdoors can significantly improve your energy levels and Vitamin D from the sun can increase your mood, increase important hormone production and help with quality sleep.

Outdoor Bootcamp: Find a local outdoor bootcamp like BootcampSE16 for a refreshing workout in nature. Connect with others in your community and enjoy the benefits of outdoor exercise.

Remember, staying active is key for physical and mental well-being when working from home!


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