Many more people are now working from home. It was a trend gaining momentum even before the coronavirus pandemic, which caused an even greater surge in working remotely. When working at home, you are usually sitting at a desk in front of a computer screen, as you would be at work.
But at home, you are not called away from your desk for meetings, conversations with coworkers, or going to the watercooler. You tend to stay seated for longer periods of time. Your lifestyle can become much more sedentary, which is not good for your health.
Here are some tips for maintaining physical activity while working at home.
1. Have some exercise equipment handy
Keep equipment such as dumbbells, resistance bands, and exercise mats close by. So when you go for a break, it takes just a few steps to reach them. Then take a few minutes to pump out a few reps with the weights or bands or do a few pushups or calisthenics.
2. Get into a routine
You should have a schedule for when you begin work and when you take breaks. Having a routine is a good way to stay on track. You can incorporate your physical activity into your scheduled breaks or possibly at lunchtime. There are also apps you can use to help remind you when to get some exercise.
Some people also worry about taking breaks while working at home because they are concerned about the impression it gives to a supervisor. By scheduling your breaks in advance, and notifying your supervisor, you can avoid this situation.
3. Get up to prepare food
Avoid the temptation to grab something quick and processed for lunch or a snack. Get up from your desk to prepare a nutritious meal. You not only get to eat something healthy, but also get some physical activity in the process.
4. Take calls while walking
If you need to have a conference via telephone, try doing it while walking outside. Taking a walk is a great way to get exercise. It not only helps your cardiovascular system, it also boosts your energy and concentration.
It is important to get up from your desk often during the day, even for just a few minutes to take a brief walk. Sitting for prolonged periods of time increases the risk for chronic health issues, such as heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. It also leads to muscle atrophy.