The workplace has significantly changed over the years and especially in 2020. This has led to some significant trends such as flextime, working from home and telecommuting. However, working from home comes with some major challenges, such as staying inactive while working from home.
In most cases, when I initially used to work from home, I found myself spending the whole day hunched over my desk and only taking brief bathroom breaks. Having worked at home for several years now, I have adopted several ways of staying active while working from home. These habits ensure that I do not compromise my health in the process of meeting my work goals. If you want to know what these tips are, then continue reading.
Besides setting specific times to walk and climb stairs, I have also managed to stay active when working from home by keeping my exercise tools and equipment nearby. Some of the most crucial equipment to consider keeping around the home office include hand weights, exercise mats, push up bars and resistance bands. The sight of this equipment motivates me to always indulge in some simple exercises every time I take a short break. These short exercise routines boost my energy and keep me active throughout the day.
Keeping fit and active is heavily determined by one’s habits and rituals. Rituals and habits are so powerful because they can either keep me on track or derail me. With that understanding, I took some time to create and develop a specific workout program that I follow daily. Being consistent with my wake-up time, workout schedule, and exercise equipment has also helped keep me fit and active at home.
Working from home creates a lazy tendency whereby most people cannot even cook or get up from their workstation to get their food from the kitchen. Like everyone else, I was a victim too, and I kept ordering in instead of taking some time off to prepare my food. Today, I enjoy walking around to cook and get my food from the kitchen. This keeps me more active and fit in the long run. Other tricks to beat your slackness while working at home include eating out, which forces me to walk out of the house.
Unlike at the workplace where I used to get quick coffee breaks, and clients would easily come by later if I was not at my desk, virtual working made me feel guilty anytime I needed to take a short break. I was always worried about what the entire team would think about any little break I took. This decision increased my inactivity, and I gained some extra pounds in the process. With time, I have learnt that small breaks matter because they give me a chance to stretch around and keep active. Anytime I take a break, I always block my calendar to show my clients that I am away for lunch or coffee.
Another simple but effective strategy that I use to keep active and fit while working from home is taking conference calls while walking. Moving around does not just feel good but also enhances my blood flow. Thus, it helps my body and mind relax, enhancing my productivity when I get back to my desk. Additionally, these video conference calls also help me see my colleagues on the other side, which brings along more fulfillment and satisfaction.
As someone that works from home, I often schedule face to face meetings outside my home office. This entails talking to clients and colleagues while walking around, which in the end keeps me fit and active.
I must admit, at first, it was hard getting used to working from home and also remaining active. If you are facing that same struggle, you are in good company. You can implement these steps gradually then add more as you go along. You will notice that after a while, these habits become almost second nature. All the best as you keep active while working from home.