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.
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 aÂ 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.
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2. Incorporate Exercise into Everyday Activities
The best way to keep up with exercise is to make it convenient. ByÂ 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 mostÂ popular weight loss gamesÂ 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.