Working from home is a dream for many people. No manager peering over your shoulder, your perfect workspace (maybe even in view of the TV!), and plenty of other perks. However, working from home also presents its own specific challenges. Among them is staying fit and healthy.
It’s likely your work at home revolves around a laptop and requires plenty of hours of sitting down. Add to that problem, you are also a short walk from the fridge, which can quickly become a close companion. Simply put, the wonder of working in your sweatpants from home can take its toll on your fitness.
Whether your work involves reviewing online casinos, data entry, online marketing, or programming, if it’s sedentary you will need to find ways to stay active. Below are some solutions to help you get the fitness bug when working from home.
Here’s a good rule: If you track it you will likely stick to it! Goals are easier to achieve if you can see the progress you have made. Consistency is the key to success and tracking applications help you to maintain that consistency.
Several types of tracking apps are handy to help you meet your fitness goals. The two main tracking services you should use are a food tracking app and a fitness tracking app. With the former, you can follow how much food you eat, including calorie and nutrient intake. As for fitness trackers, they will use GPS on your smartphone to track your exercises or even just the steps you take around the house.
While there are dedicated apps that do both tracking types separately, most users will find a combined app is the best. Good examples include MyFitnessPal, Samsung Health, and Google Fit.
Set a Morning Routine
As you have developed a career from working at home, you have probably realized that a good routine allows you to be more productive. Scheduling your work and when you will do it allows you to get more done. Homeworkers who believe they can wake up when they want are the ones who typically struggle to find success.
It’s a similar situation in terms of fitness. If you approach staying active with an attitude of going for a run whenever you feel like it, you will probably never get on the treadmill. Instead, bake fitness into your routine. This can be achieved by developing a solid and consistent morning routine.
Perhaps you exercise better in the morning, so get your workout done early and set your work routine later. If you work better in the morning, schedule your productivity first and hit the gym after. Just remember to integrate both work and fitness into your routine.
Remote workers who work from home are almost always using a workplace communication app such as Slack or Microsoft Teams. While these platforms are excellent for communicating with clients, they also have some other useful tools.
For example, you can set automatic reminders that prompt you to get moving. A reminder can be to start your workout or simply to stand up and walk around for a bit. It’s important to stay active during work hours as well.
Why set a reminder on Slack or Teams and not on your phone? Well, these services are directly part of your work environment and will be present in your field of attention.