Working from home is becoming increasingly more common due to the multiple benefits it provides to both the employee and the organization. However, there are a few potential drawbacks that come with remote work.
Most of the remote work is done while sitting at a computer or with the phone and employees may find themselves stuck in one place for an extended period of time without the benefit of meetings or coworkers urging them to get up and move about.
All of this can lead to a sedentary, unhealthy lifestyle. When you work from home, it is important to maintain your health as much as possible. And daily movement is a part of that.
Exercise can help you maintain a healthy mind, a strong immune system, and a low level of stress.
According to research, “Exercise can reduce your risk of major illnesses, such as heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, cancer by up to 50%, and lower your risk of early death by up to 30%”.
Here are a few of the finest methods that you can follow to stay active at home when working remotely:-
1. Do Stretches when working from home
Flexibility and agility improve by stretching. Stretches prepare your muscles for cardio or weight lifting by warming them up. Stretching can even be the primary workout in some programs, such as Pilates and yoga.
An employee can achieve their fitness objectives faster by arming themselves with a few remote working stretching techniques. Backward and forward shoulder rolls, leg lunges, hamstring stretches, and seated back twists are some exercises any employee can try for stretching.
2. Use the most of what you have
Most of the employees don’t have any gym equipment at home? No problem. Sit-ups, push-ups, yoga, and many other types of exercise work best if done correctly.
Walking or running requires nothing more than just a pair of sneakers. And simple household items such as a bag of sugar, cans of soup, or a bottle of laundry detergent can be used as weights if you are starting with strength training.
3. Exercise can take place of other stress relievers
We all have low days when we are stressed out. But now mostly employees are working from home and one of the remedies for stress relief could be to have a comedy series bookmarked somewhere. Perhaps you may find stress relief in social media or video games. All of these habits can be replaced with an exercise routine.
Working out reduces employee burnout by activating the production of feel-good hormones. You will be able to sweat off all of your negative emotions while also relaxing your mind and body.
4. Get up from your seat
You should take regular breaks during your workday to get out of your chair and should move around.
Leaving your workstation at least once an hour for a minute or so, whether to make a cup of tea or simply go up and down the stairs a few times, can help you relax, and refresh for the next round of concentration.
5. Set a goal for yourself
You can set a specific goal in mind, you can sign up for a 5000 steps walk, a 10000 run, or any competitive exercise event.
You can go digital with free and low-cost fitness apps and groups and can even challenge your coworkers to a Facetime or Skype workout with you.
6. Make a note on your calendar
You would not forget to schedule a client meeting, so why should you forget to schedule exercise?
Your calendar is a tool that will assist you in staying organized and ensuring that you spend your time as you planned. You can’t just go on a walk unless you make it happen.
Putting a date in your calendar may seem over the top, but it is all too easy to let the working day take over and realize at 5 p.m. that you have not left your desk since the morning. So, “Make a good decision and schedule your active time on your calendar”.
7. It’s not only about exercise when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle
Exercise alone will not make your lifestyle healthy; you must also avoid eating unhealthy snacks at home. You should have more control over your lunch and snacks because you can choose not to buy those unhealthy snacks in the first place.
It is also important to drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated is necessary for almost everybody. Keeping track of your water consumption can be challenging, so keeping a water bottle at your desk with a hydration tracker is a visible method to keep your water intake.
We're all spending more time at home these days, which makes it easy to slip into a more physically relaxed mode of living. It's essential to integrate physical activity into our daily routines to minimize the harmful effects of becoming too sedentary.
Whether you are in the middle of your Work from home day or having some personal time, there are many simple methods to achieve activeness.
Staying active at home when working remotely will help in limiting the stress and damage.