Staying Fit While Working From Home
When you have a normal 9-5 job, you usually do a little bit of exercise. You need to walk to down to the tube, get on, get off and walk to work. It may not seem like much, but it could be one of the few things stopping you from putting on the pounds.
When you work from home, you might not think or feel that your body has begun acting like a polar bear preparing for winter, but it has. So, since we like to help the polar bears (those cute little fellas!) out there with a couple of tips on how to stay fit while working from home.
Snacking While Working From Home
One of the big advantages of working from home is that you can stock your house with a bunch of healthy snacks! That means not buying (too many) delicious crisps when you’re at the store, it is easier to resist temptation at the store then at home.
Instead of crisps, you should try eating some other healthy alternatives. Our favorites are popcorn with parmesan, fruit and nuts. That popcorn and parmesan combo? A delicious snack that’s only 150 calories, which you can make while working from home!
If you snack on fruits, make sure to eat the seasonal offerings. That way you don’t get tired of eating the same fruit over and over again, save money and get all sorts of different vitamins! Delicious strawberries during the summer and fresh apples in the winter? Sign us up!
Different kinds of nuts are different kinds of healthy. However, nuts in general seem to reduce the risk for blood clots and may also improve the lining of blood vessels. Sounds good, but be careful with how much you eat! Nuts are 80% fat, so eat them in moderation.
What you should drink
Sodas can seem harmless, but don’t be fooled! Those bottles of sugary goodness are one of the leading causes for obesity. Instead of drinking soda, we suggest that you just drink water when you are working from home and save the sugary drinks for special occasions (like landing a client!). If you'd like to add a bit of flavor to your water, why not squeeze some lemon or orange into it?
Exercising while working from home
There are different things that you can do when you want to exercise while working from home. You can join a gym, go running or even just go for long walks. However, your budget is tight and you can’t afford a gym subscription or proper running shoes. So, we’re going to go through some of the exercise that you can do from home with nothing but your own body.
Planks are a great way to improve your posture, flexibility and balance. Also, they are quite simple to do. Planking means laying on the floor and letting only your elbows and toes touch the floor. To do that you’ll have to tighten your body, which in turn will train your muscles.
Standard push ups! You knew they were coming, all that you need to do is lay down on the floor and try to lift your entire body from the ground (except your hands and your toes). If that seems like too much in the beginning, you can try using your knees instead of your toes.
These are all just suggestions to what you could do when you are working from home. There are plenty of different websites that can go through these exercises in depth. If you just want to get started right away, we suggest going to fitloop.co and choosing a track.
Fitloop is a great website that allows you choose between beginner and intermediate exercise levels. After you’ve done that you’ll receive a youtube playlist that shows you an exercise and the equipment that you need. Then you can do some exercise in your breaks when you are working from home. It’s really easy and we recommend it for those of you that don’t have the time or patience to research these sorts of things.
We like to finish this off by just asking you to be aware of things while working from home. Be aware of what you’re putting inside your body. Be aware that you haven’t done anything physically intensive for a while. Be aware that you can do a lot to keep fit, even though it may not seem like the funniest thing in the world. In fact, think of it as the extra mistake that you should be on the look out for.