Working from home offers some fantastic benefits. Not only is it easier to maintain work/life balance, but it’s also makes your lifestyle far more flexible. Unfortunately, it does come with some challenges, too (including clutter, distractions and space constraints).
Working from home makes it more difficult to exercise, see friends and family, and generally stay healthy. Without any pressure to do otherwise, you might even find yourself never leaving the home at all. Here are some tips for staying active and healthy even when working from home.
1. Join a Gym and Attend Classes
Your local gym likely has classes in aerobics, cycling, dancing, and other exciting exercise options. Attending weekly classes can keep you on a schedule better than simply holding yourself accountable. Over time, you’ll get to know people in your class and look forward to seeing them.
2. Get into a Team Sport Club
Some people find it difficult to exercise without a specific goal. If you’re one of those people, you might want to join a team sport instead. Something like rowing, volleyball, or tennis can keep you active while also doing something that you enjoy. You won’t have to put hours in at the gym and you’ll be able to connect with people who have similar interests.
3. Sign Up for an Event
Do you enjoy running? Consider signing up for an event like a 5k race. You’ll have to train for it, but it’ll give you a tangible goal to shoot for. You’ll have to work for it and keep to a schedule or you won’t be able to perform at your bes.
4. Create a Home Gym
If you don’t have the time to regularly leave the home for exercise, you can bring the exercise to you. Create a home gym; often it’ll be cheaper than getting a gym subscription, over time. Once you have your home gym installed, you should schedule a specific time every week to exercise and don’t let yourself slack off!
5. Change Your Work Habits
Even those who work in a traditional office need to take breaks throughout the day. The difference is that at home these breaks may not be as obvious or enforced. Make sure you take breaks throughout the day to stand and stretch, especially taking note to stretch your arms and hands. Without this, you could end up with a repetitive stress injury.
Walking at least once an hour is a good idea. To enforce this, you might want to position things like a copier or printer farther away from your computer. You can also set an alarm to remind you to get up and move every once in a while.
6. Get the Right Furniture
A standing desk can make it easier for you to keep active. Not only that, but a standing desk has been shown to make it easier to concentrate. If you prefer to work sitting sometimes, you can get a transforming desk that can go up and down.
Additionally, consider the ergonomics of your setup. Your keyboard should be placed so your hands are lower than your elbows and your monitor should be placed at eye level when you look at it. Your feet should be flat against the floor, without pushing your knees upward.
7. Consider a Healthy Diet
At the beginning of every week, do your shopping and fill your home with healthy snacks. If your food at home is healthy, you’re more likely to eat healthier. In some ways, it can be easier to eat healthy if you’re constantly at home than if you’re at the office; after all, you won’t be tempted by unhealthy office treats.
You can start by throwing out everything in your home that is currently unhealthy. If you have candy, baked goods, and other unhealthy snacks, you may be tempted to break your healthy diet right away.
8. Join Social Groups
Your social life is important for your mental and emotional health. Consider joining a few social groups associated with hobbies that you enjoy. Woodworking, knitting, bird watching, and food — there are groups that are associated with all of these types of activities. It may take some time to find the groups that really resonate with you, but eventually you can find a friend group that works.
A schedule is exceptionally important for those who work from home. When you work from home, you don’t have any external structure. You have to set a structure for yourself. By joining clubs and groups, and making time in your schedule for lessons and activities, you can remain healthy and active while still reaping all of the benefits of work-from-home flexibility.