To set yourself up for success in keeping a healthy lifestyle, you must develop a plan. David Reagan, Atlanta, Georgia native, and personal trainer, shares a handful of tips on how to stay healthy while working from home.
Get Moving Every Hour
When at home, it can be easy to lose track of time if you are working in a comfortable chair or on the sofa. Keep an eye on the clock or set a timer as a reminder to get up and move around every hour. Walk for a few minutes or even do a stretch or two. If the weather is nice, take a break and sit in the backyard or go for a walk around the block. A change of scenery and fresh air can do you some good.
Set a Schedule
Working from home often gives us extra time in the day, as the commute time is eliminated, and many choose to forego their normal "getting ready" routines. However, it is important to set dedicated working hours. Don't give in to rolling out of bed whenever you feel and working late into the evening. Sticking to a regular schedule as if you were in the office can help with your mental health overall.
Schedule Your Workout
You are in control of your calendar. Take a look at your daily activities and tasks and find a time to pencil in your workout. If it's scheduled, there's a higher probability you will follow through with sticking to your fitness goals.
Stock Your Pantry with Healthy Choices
While you are at home, you may be tempted to eat more or with increased frequency as you have direct access to the kitchen. Reduce your temptation by making sure you only keep healthy options on hand. Hide the treats if necessary and replace them with healthy alternatives like nuts or fruit. Before wandering into the kitchen, ask yourself if you would be going for that snack if you were in the office. If not, consider grabbing a glass of water or tea instead to fill the void.
Create a Dedicated Workspace
It can be tempting to take that morning phone call from bed or set up your laptop from the couch. However, studies show that you can impact your ability to relax significantly if you mix areas of sleep with areas of work. Find a dedicated space to work, ensure you have seating for proper posture, and keep your work and personal life separate.
Track Your Time
You may find yourself always on the clock when you work from home. Track your time actually spent working and make sure to hold yourself accountable. Don't lose track of a solid work-life balance and remember to log off and focus on leisure activities when the work is done.