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4 Tips for Staying Active While Working from Home

One of the main perks of working from home is being able to wake up when you want, lounge around in your PJs all day and take as long of a lunch break as you’d like. Sounds pretty ideal, but it might not be the best setup for your waistline.

Staying fit is hard enough when you work a nine to five at the office, but it can seem virtually impossible when working from home. To keep your workout routine going despite this lazy-friendly environment, check out these four tips for staying fit at home.

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1. Invest in a Home Gym

This might seem like a huge commitment, but it can actually be a pretty practical and cost-effective option. With a home gym, you can cut out the hassle and cost of gym trips, memberships, and awkward locker room moments, therefore limiting barriers to your regular workouts. A home gym doesn’t have to be as extensive as the advanced facility downtown. You can create an awesome home gym with just a treadmill, five-pound weights, resistance bands and even just a yoga mat. Walk on the treadmill during work breaks or while the kids are napping and stay productive getting reading done or making phone calls while staying active as well.

2. Incorporate Exercise into Everyday Activities

The best way to keep up with exercise is to make it convenient. By incorporating exercise into your everyday activities, you can get a good workout in without sacrificing too much time spent fulfilling your personal and professional responsibilities. If possible, divide your work into segments and take moments to workout in between a big crunch. For example, do some chores around the house in between working to stay active. Do laundry, vacuum, scrub the bathtub or just pick up after the kids. You can even try stair-climbing and squats while mentally preparing for your next task.

3. Play Video Games

This isn’t a joke; certain video games can actually help you stay fit and have fun. Games like Wii Fit, Dance Dance Revolution and the many spinoff games that this market has spawned make it easy to have an organized and effective workout that actually isn’t boring. Kinect for Xbox is one of the most popular weight loss games in the country right now, and can be a fun tool for getting the whole family involved.

4. Start Out Smart

Even when I get the recommended eight hours of sleep, the mornings can drag on until the coffee kicks in. Instead of spending the first couple of hours of the morning in a zombie-like state, start your day smarter by going for an early morning run before work or waking up the kids.

Working out in the morning is a healthy way to give yourself a natural boost of energy, while getting your blood flowing and your heart pumping to prepare for a busy day. Complement your early morning run with an evening walking the dog around the block to keep you body active all day.

Our modern world makes it easy to be lazy, but it’s important not to give into these temptations too often. The freedom of being able to work from home and technically not having to leave the house doesn’t mean that you should take advantage of it every day. These four tips can help you stay active despite your sloth-friendly lifestyle, which can keep you more energized, healthy and mentally refreshed to perform to the best of your abilities.

Holly is an Indianapolis native with a passion for living a healthy lifestyle. She is an avid runner, running 12 half marathons last year alone, and a dedicated yogi. When she isn't practicing her headstands, you can find her blogging on behalf of Sears and other brands she loves.

4 Comments

  1. chato b stewart

    April 18, 2013 at 2:17 am

    Definitely it is important to keep ourselves active and workable while we work at home. The four point tips is vital way to do so. Regular exercise, playing video is easily possible, but setup a GYM at home may not possible to everyone.
    Thanks
    Chato

    • Holly Hammond

      April 30, 2013 at 9:31 am

      Chato,

      I definitely agree! If you have the possibility it’s definitely worth it. But if not, there are plenty of other options: workout dvds and running outside are two options to consider. When I work from home, my favorite thing to do is run over my ‘lunch.’ It’s so nice to get a little sunshine and get out of the house for a little bit!

  2. Mark Fredrickson

    April 17, 2013 at 7:23 am

    Holly,
    I love your passion for living a healthy lifestyle. I found your home gym article interesting and I might have to add to my makeshift basement gym. You are obviously very active both physically and socially. I too am very active and on a mission to put a dent in our worlds obesity epidemic. I would love the opportunity to chat with you about what my wife and I are doing to help others. I hope we can connect as this world needs all the help it can get!!

    • Holly Hammond

      April 30, 2013 at 9:28 am

      Thanks Mark! I appreciate the kind words! You can always find me on google plus or twitter if you want to chat more! :)

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