How To Stay in Shape While Working From Home
The global pandemic has hit many of us hard. Having to stay inside for a few months made it more difficult than usual to be active, and now that we’re spending a lot of our time at home working, it can feel like that there isn’t enough free time to stay fit. That feeling is entirely inaccurate, though. Working from home has given us more time than ever to lose that unwanted belly fat. Read on to learn how to stay in shape while working from home.
Go to the Gym
With vaccines becoming more readily available and businesses starting to open up again, now is the perfect time to either renew or start up a gym membership. Now, you don’t have the excuse of being too wiped out after the long drive home! Since you are free the second you clock out for the day, you’ll have ample time to drive to your nearest gym and get an hour or so of exercise in.
The same is true if you prefer working out in the morning. Since many businesses have implemented rolling start times, you can fit in a quick workout before your workday begins if that is what you prefer. Either time you choose to go will be beneficial for your health and help you get back into the routine of your old life.
Schedule Your Exercise
If you’re still a bit uncomfortable going out in public, that’s totally fine. You can just as easily exercise at home. The only problem is that it can be easier to talk yourself out of doing it this way. That’s why it’s vital to set up an at-home workout schedule. If you plan out which exercises you want to do each day, you’ll be more likely to follow through with them.
Stick to your workout schedule in the same way you do with your work schedule. If you fail to work out on a particular day, there should be some repercussions—but nothing too extreme. You don’t want to scare yourself out of a good exercise. In the same vein, reward yourself if you complete a specific number of days in a row.
If you really want to dedicate yourself, invest in a treadmill or some other workout machine. Doing so will open up so many more options for home workouts and maybe even inspire you to stay on track since you’ll want to give your new exercise machine a spin.
Use Your Breaks Wisely
Both the previous ways to stay in shape while working from home focused more on the fact that you don’t have your daily commute anymore. The following points explore the advantages of being at home throughout the day. For example, you can use breaks to your advantage. We’re not talking about your lunch break—reserve that one for eating. We’re talking about any others you take.
Many employers encourage their employees to take two 15-minute breaks every day to avoid burnout and give them time to take care of things they need to do while at home. If you don’t currently utilize them or use them effectively (scrolling through Facebook doesn’t count), try doing a quick exercise or two instead. You can even make them a part of your daily workout schedule.
If you don’t have longer breaks, it’s still a good idea to step away from your desk every hour. You can use this time to stretch, walk around a bit, or even fit in a few pushups or another easy-to-do exercise. Whatever you choose will help get the blood flowing and give you a short mental break from your work.
Consider a Standing Desk
If you like the idea of standing up to keep yourself from remaining sedentary for too long, consider investing in a standing desk. Most models come with an adjustable lever in case you don’t want to spend your whole workday on your feet. Regardless, it’s an excellent way to change up your routine and improve your health.
Unfortunately, a standing desk may not be in the budget—or perhaps you’re unsure if you’ll even like it. For those who are on the fence, there are ways to turn your standard desk into a standing one. We have a selection of adjustable wooden laptop stands, which come in many sizes to fit your desk or setup.
Exercise While You Work
This one depends way more on what your job entails, but it is equally viable. If your position involves more talking on the phone than typing, why not do that while you’re doing some yoga or walking on the treadmill. Whatever exercise you do, make sure it doesn’t impede your work, but it’s not a bad idea to kill two birds with one stone.
Another thing you can try is holding an active meeting—a meeting with a coworker at the local gym or someone’s house while you work out. You can even conduct one while going for an afternoon walk. These are ideal for one-on-one meetings, but you can hold them with up to three or four people. It may be a little unconventional, but it’s an interesting thing to try that will help you and others do something active together.
Change Your Diet
We know that our final tip on how to stay in shape applies regardless of where you work, but we want you to use your at-home perks to your advantage. When you are in the comfort of your own home, you can eat foods that you might not bring to the office for fear of judgment from coworkers. In your home, whatever you bring to lunch is your business and no one else’s.
Being at home also gives you more time to make foods that you would never be able to make in the office. If a new, healthy dish takes over 30 minutes to cook, you could prep it in the morning before work, pop it in the oven on your 15-minute break, then eat it during your lunch once it’s ready. Your options are close to limitless while at home, so don’t squander this opportunity.