A gym sounds like a solid idea, but finding the time to get out of the house isn’t always easy. For people who work from home, that home office usually involves many hours every day sitting down being sedentary. For stay-at-home moms, they get more of a chance to move around with the baby, but not always enough to work off the post-pregnancy bulge or to stay fit.
We’re always looking for things one can do from home that help improve health and fitness. This also applies when traveling and staying in a hotel that doesn’t have a gym (or it’s an extremely basic one).
So, here are a few ideas for staying healthy and fit at home.
For the busy freelancer or corporate executive who works from home a couple of days each week, a treadmill desk is an interesting option. It combines a functioning treadmill with a desk to store a laptop, phone, and work papers.
Remove the need to go out to exercise at a gym. Don’t skip those workouts on bad weather days. Enjoy the ultimate in flexible work/life balance. Exercising on the treadmill doesn’t need to a flat-out run; walking at a slow pace works fine too. Think of it in terms of the number of steps walking every day and you get the idea. Steps = calories burned. A fitness app can track the steps and acts as a good motivator too. There are many suitable apps available for both iPhone and Android devices.
Taking Regular Breaks
When working from home, it’s easy to lose track of time and not take regular breaks. There’s no colleague coming up asking if you want to grab a coffee. Getting into a flow state is great for productivity, but not taking breaks can cause problems with fatigue and poor next day recovery.
While it might seem that not taking regular breaks has no effect on health and fitness, in fact, by overworking the body, it’s unable to perform other functions as effectively. In the same way that exercising the same muscle group every day won’t help the muscle grow because it needs time to repair and grow stronger, an overworked body with inadequate rest is unable to maintain optimal health too.
Managing Injuries and Pain Appropriately
Little aches and pain build up over time. Typically, they’re because of an old sports injury, poor posture, or sitting still too long without getting up and walking around. In some situations, there are long-standing issues with muscles, tendons or the joints which cause intermittent pain throughout the day. Depending on the root cause, seeking the help of board-certified orthopedic surgeons to diagnose and resolve the issue often leads to a happier, more productive life.
When being in pain for so long, it’s difficult to remember a time when there wasn’t any major discomfort. It gets to a point where it seems like a pain-free day isn’t even possible any longer. However, with the right care, better days could lie ahead.
It’s not any one thing that leads to a healthier outlook when spending considerable time at home. Everything in moderation is a good rule to live by. Staying active, getting regular breaks, and taking care of any obvious medical issues all help too.