Since beginning to work from home six months ago, I’ve found that finding the time to exercise is even more difficult. In the office, I couldn’t wait to get out and going for a run or heading to the gym was a good excuse.
If I need a moment away from my desk I make a cup of tea or watch television for half an hour. Not the best of habits. I’ve worked out a few ways that will remind me to work out or will have me moving around more at home.
Layout workout clothes the night before
If all you have to do is get dressed before working out then you are going to be more likely to do it. You won’t have to worry about finding your trainers or organizing thermals if the weather is bad. Working out will also be on your mind just before bed, you’ll remember this motivation when you wake up.
Build a library of workout videos
If you get comfortable in your house while working then the last thing you’ll want to do is get in the car to go to the gym or brave the weather for a run. Make sure there are a good variety of workout videos available to you. These might be short videos on YouTube from Blogilates or hour-long DVDs.
Keep healthy snacks on hand
If your cupboards are filled with junk food then you are likely to eat it when you’re bored or hungry. Make up filling snacks the night before or while breakfast is cooking/coffee brewing.
Fruits and veg are always good to have nearby to nibble at or you could swap your chocolate bars for oat bars (although watch the sugar content in these, some are nowhere near as healthy as you’d think).
It’s easy to get stuck into your work and forget about the time when there’s no one around to remind you that you need a break.
Whether you work on the sofa, in bed or in the home office, you’ll need to take a break. Five minutes just to walk around the house or make a cup of tea is enough. When you have a lunch break, do it away from the computer. Ignore the television if you can, just sit and relax with a book. It’ll stop you feeling frazzled and you’ll be more productive when you get back to work.
Keep work and home separate
If you can, you should set up an office area. Here you can keep your work mind-set separate from the rest of your life. This means that you won’t be thinking about work when on the sofa. It might be nice to work from the comfort of your bed but when it comes to going to sleep, your mind won’t be able to switch off as it’ll associate that area with work.
The keys to staying healthy when working from home are forward planning and common sense. It might be difficult at first but you’ll soon get into a healthy routine.
About Author: Jess Shanahan runs her own marketing business from the comfort of her home, she loves searching the Internet for useful things such as TM Lewin promocodes; making friends on Twitter; and going to the gym.