Everyone is adapting to the new normal, with more people working from home this year, and for the foreseeable future. While this change brings a more flexible schedule and personal environment, there are a few potential problems that come with working remotely as well.
According to MedlinePlus, physical inactivity due to excessive sitting has harmful effects on your metabolism, cholesterol level, and mental health, increasing feelings of depression and anxiety. With little to no exercise at home, it increases the risk of chronic diseases such as heart diseases, Type 2 diabetes, cancer and more. The more sedentary you are, the higher your health risks are. Avoid a sedentary lifestyle by making changes, beginning with doing fitness activities at home. Here are five ways to stay active while working from home.
Stretching & Yoga
Introducing exercises into your new routine is easy. After all, home is a great place to practice simple fitness activities. We recommend starting the day with simple workout routines at home, such as yoga. With many beginner’s guides online, you can browse and choose home yoga workouts that suit your pace best. Lay a yoga mat near your working space and use it when you need to stretch those tense muscles while recollecting yourself.
Walking 250 Steps Every Hour
Walking is one of the simplest ways to fit exercise into your day at home. It requires little to no equipment or gear. Start small by setting alarms throughout the day to remind you to move around. Be it walking up the stairs or having water breaks allow you to stretch, relax and refresh before going back into full-concentration mode. Make the most of your lunchtime, and don’t forget that housework counts as exercise too.
You may feel the tension in your back, neck, and shoulder muscles after remaining stationary for hours. Did you know that a few minutes is all that it takes to practice chair exercises, helping you release the tension in the muscles? This is a great alternative to a full body workout at home. Loosen up a little in your seat by rotating your wrists, shaking your ankles, and turning your head from left to right, and up and down.
Follow Home Workout Videos
Finding it hard to do workout routines at home without gym equipment? Don’t be demotivated! There’s always home workout videos from different fitness enthusiasts available online. These include full body workout tutorials and also targeted workout tutorials for the upper body, abs, glutes, and legs. It’s really simple to follow as most of them recommend using everyday household items as alternative weights.
When working from the office, we tend to move around more as there’s always the need for discussions and meetings with our colleagues. Working from home deprives us of such physical activities and also the need to commute. With all of those absent, it is easy for us to become physically inactive. It’s time we take the initiative and start doing simple fitness activities at home to prioritise our health more. However, remember to start small to avoid overwhelming yourself and scale accordingly. Singlife offers an extensive range of products to help you protect and improve your quality of life, and that includes your health. Visit our website for more information about Singlife’s available products today and sign up to hear about our upcoming products.