Have you heard the phrase: “Sitting is the new smoking?” We are aware that this statement is quite controversial. However, we can all agree that sitting or being inactive for long periods is harmful to our health. That is why some of the biggest perks of working from home include freedom of movement, doing weird things without your coworkers thinking you are crazy, and furnishing your office according to your needs. Considering these advantages, we came up with some ways to stay active while working from home.
1) Have your snacks in another room.
Let’s admit it, when we are working, snacks are a must. They keep us active and help us relieve jaw tension. However, having all of our snacks handy (especially chocolates and cookies in a drawer beside our desk) isn’t the best option for our health (I know, this is depressing). Nevertheless, keeping snacks in another room will make us have to stand up and move more often. Try to get up for water, for snacks, or to pet your dog for a couple of minutes. These activities shouldn’t take up a lot of your time. On the contrary, they are beneficial to avoid burnout and to keep your mind inventive.
2) Set alarms.
If you love your job (as we do here at Job Duck), then you might struggle to take breaks since you get caught up in your work. That being the case, we recommend you schedule your breaks and set alarms, or as an alternative, you can download an app or get a smartwatch to have hourly (or the time you prefer) reminders of sedentarism. The idea is for you to stop working and take a moment to do something nice for yourself.
3) Be active while sitting and stretch once in a while.
Have you heard about office yoga or chair yoga? Well, you can do some yoga poses while sitting! Also, you can buy desk pedals or do some desk exercises to release tension and get the blood flowing. To start, you could slowly do some deep breaths followed by side bends, torso twists, head turns, and head tilts. If you want more ideas and exercises, you can check our Pinterest board: Stay active!
4) Get a standing desk.
Standing up reduces the pressure on our lower back, improves our posture, and helps our metabolism remain active (in other words, we burn calories). That is why standing desks are a useful investment! However, don’t push yourself too hard by standing for too long. Additionally, wear comfortable shoes or try standing on a yoga mat. Also, if you read the last post, you must be aware that if you are working with a laptop, placing the screen at eye level might make typing harder. That is why we recommend adding an external keyboard at a comfortable height.
You deserve a long, healthy, and happy life! Therefore, choose to do something nice for yourself every day! Please, let us know if these tips were helpful, and don’t forget to share these “Ways To Stay Active While Working From Home” with someone who needs them. If you want more ideas and exercises, you can check our Pinterest board: Stay active!
Finally, if you’d like to control your work environment by working from home, you can apply to one of our career growth opportunities HERE.