For those of us who work from home, we often get so engrossed in our work that we forget one very important aspect of life: personal wellness. Have you ever thought of how your health gets affected whenever you sit down for long hours while typing and sipping bottomless cups of coffee? It was not until it hit me hard that I realized I had to do something. One very basic thing I always forgot to do was to get out of that seat and do some exercise to stay fit, which was what eventually caused me to spend some two weeks at the hospital due to clogged arteries. During my admission to the hospital, I was given some tips on how to stay fit while still balancing my personal health, my family wellness and my work at the same time. It would be unfair if I failed to share some of these tips on how to stay fit while working from home.
Avoid staying up late for work - get organized!
Plan your day early, set up daily goals and develop a schedule for yourself to keep. This will assist you in avoiding those long night hours trying to clear the day's work. What many of us do not know is that staying up late into the night adversely affects your health. We are human, right? One of the body's natural methods of recovery is through sleep. Depriving your body of a good night's sleep will lead to fatigue and eventually this affects your overall health hugely - believe me. Go to sleep early and wake up early.
Go easy on that coffee.
One thing I always did whenever I felt worn out (or even just bored) was drinking coffee. I like the taste, and it made me feel refreshed too. Despite the numerous attempts made by my wife to stop me from consuming so much coffee, I went on. What I came to learn is that caffeine is not that healthy if you consume it too much and in the longer term. Drink water instead whenever you feel thirsty, plenty of it! And instead of coffee, what about some healthy green tea? Hipster style, baby!
Avoid junk food
Working at home means the freedom to eat anytime you feel your stomach grumbling. Admit it, most of you eat non-healthy snacks regularly while working. Be smart, strike off any junk food from your shopping list, and instead replace them with fresh fruits, zero-calorie crackers and juices.
The push-ups or press-ups exercises have really worked for me and I strongly advise you to try them. Push-ups work out the triceps and the biceps, are a form of cardiovascular exercise and also work out the chest muscles. One more thing - such an exercise does not even require you to get out of the house. You only need to squeeze at least ten minutes after every two hours of work to do a push-up exercise. Work out those muscles and stay fit and comfortable while working, as this exercise also straightens your aching back.
Have breaks and take a short nap whenever you feel tired
Rest is of so much importance, especially for those who do professional work from home which engages them mentally, like me. You can schedule short breaks from your work for yourself. This should be at least twice or thrice per day depending on the complexity of your work, as this will enable you stay fresh and avoid fatigue and straining your body. That is how much good just a ten-minute nap could do.
Get up from that seat and stretch out
Whenever you feel like your back is straining, that means it's time to take a short break to stretch out. You can also take a short walk around the block to breathe in some fresh air. This will keep your system fresh and will have a positive impact on your health as it allows blood to flow well in your body. This counters the effects of sitting for a long time and helps you avoid back strains.
Are you a parent? Get out and play with your kids (and pets) in the yard
During your scheduled breaks, you can take your son or daughter out to the yard and play some outdoor games, even if it's only for a short while before getting back to your work. Aside from your fitness, 15 - 30 minutes playtime with your kids does wonders for your family relationship. You can also take your pet out for a stroll if you have one. Walking is a good exercise and you should always try to do it quite often in order to stay healthy and fit.
Park the car and walk instead
Walk often. If it's only several blocks to your destination, don't bother driving a car. It might take several minutes longer to do the errands, but the health benefit for your body is tremendous! Another idea is to park your car a bit farther away than usual so you have to do a bit of walking to reach your intended destination.
Staying fit and healthy is important to a work-at-home Parents. You must never let your work negatively affect any aspect of your life as they are equally important to you. Your health should come first before any other thing. Staying fit does not have to involve strenuous exercises at the gym; instead, staying fit and healthy starts with a positive mindset, and then the simple things which you can do in the comfort of your home.
It is very essential for you to know how to stay fit while working at home because in the end, money doesn't mean anything if you are not healthy. As a matter of fact, developing healthy habits is not only for those of us who work from home. Whether you are a white-collar or a blue-collar worker, you have a responsibility to remain fit in order to avoid any health complications brought about by any unhealthy habits you have. I would strongly recommend that office workers use some of the tips I mentioned earlier, like doing some push-ups at the office during their free hours. This will ensure you remain fit and healthy. Remember, life is a one-way journey and never a rehearsal, so whatever you do always maintain and practice healthy habits at all times.
Here's to living your best life.
The Weight Loss King