5 Tips to Stay Work From Home Fit
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Recently I was thinking about how I see so many people (including myself) who sometimes fall into the “I’ll just do a little more since the work is there for the taking” trap and believe me when I say the lack of work-life balance can have stifling and dangerous effects on your health and fitness! Nobody wants to get to the point where their work from home dream becomes a liability. Here today, we’ll talk about some tips (whether for prevention or correction) to get your work from home experience in a place you can be proud of!
When I landed my first work from home gig with Intuit (a fantastic place to work btw!) I thought I planned ahead for every detail… I set up a cozy little office, got my requirements set up such as a landline, internet, etcetera,…I accounted for the big stuff… all except the possible health issues physically, emotionally and spiritually… I had prior experience in a call center so I figured it was all good. I didn’t really need to plan for much else, right? I mean I could now save commute time and expenses – this was going to be great!
What I learned
That first peak season with Intuit went really well. I even had a plan for what we would do after the tax season was over (my role was a remote tax support role from January to April). I started a little jewelry business on the side and it helped over the summer. (How did I start that business super easy? Check out my post about that here.) Still, even with the financial stress being relieved something wasn’t quite right as time progressed. I found my energy wasn’t 100% what it used to be…my fitness was lacking too… was it balancing being a provider and a mom and a wife? That’s what I told myself at the time but looking back, I realize that wasn’t it at all. Rather, I was getting sucked into the subtle work from home trap of trying to do too much and I wasn’t taking care of myself. Do you ever fall into this challenge or are you interested in making sure your enthusiasm for working from home doesn’t fade over time?
5 tips for becoming and staying work from home fit
Develop a fitness routine you enjoy.
Courtesy of Positive Health Wellness (I’m digging the name, aren’t you? Sooo much great information about staying healthy!) here are 10 Office Chair Exercises you can do to Boost your Productivity which comes complete with some helpful descriptions of the exercises!
And as if you needed reasons for why you should start right now, the Center for Disease Control & Prevention shares that the benefits of exercise are many:
- “Control your weight
- Reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease
- Reduce your risk for type 2 diabetes and metabolic syndrome
- Reduce your risk of some cancers
- Strengthen your bones and muscles
- Improve your mental health and mood
- Improve your ability to do daily activities and prevent falls, if you’re an older adult
- Increase your chances of living longer”
Here’s a link to the rest of the CDC’s article if you’re curious about their fitness tips 🙂
It doesn’t have to be a lot of time – even 5 minutes every few hours can make a difference in your fitness. Work your way up to 30 minutes a day for the full benefit of exercise. Whether it’s before you start your work day at a gym, you choose to do office chair exercises or a well-deserved walk after dinnertime. Exercise will help you to keep your energy levels high consistently and bolster your self-esteem which can be so important when you are being self-disciplined all the time working from home.
Want a video for inspiration? Try these office chair exercises (link to Forbes desk chair exercises with video)!
Prepare or purchase some healthy snacks that are accessible to you.
I personally found that working on the phone sometimes taking calls back to back, I got hungry or thirsty a lot and having healthy options meant I didn’t need to spend a lot of time prepping meals. Let me tell you it made a huge difference time-wise and ultimately: for my waist-line too!
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Get out of the house!!
I can’t stress this one enough. Working from home can be such a blessing. Remember to strike a balance between staying self-disciplined so that you can get all your work done and remembering to stop and smell the roses. Cabin fever is a real thing – every couple of hours, take a few steps outside – maybe for 15 minutes or so. You’ll thank me later as science has clearly shown that taking regular breaks means your fitness, productivity and focus will improve!
Mingle a little.
Participate in group activities, meet up with others and/or build your network of like-minded people. Join our work from home community here! Why? Sitting at your computer all day in your bunny slippers can be great but it starts to lose its luster when you turn around one day and realize you’re feeling just a little…lonely. Beat those blues and talk to others about the day, your thoughts, goals and how you’re crushing it. You both will win!
Set office hours and give yourself permission to stop working.
If you have multiple side gigs at one time or throughout the year, you absolutely must determine when enough is enough. If you don’t you’ll run the risk of burn out and you’ll hurt your productivity and fitness in the long run too!
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