Staying Active While Working At Home: You're In Control
We’re becoming an increasingly sedentary society with each passing year as new technologies are invented that keep us indoors and isolated from society. But, this isn’t just an issue within the confines of our homes. Those who work at home can suffer the same effects of sitting for extended periods of time that their introverted counter parts do.
Prolonged sitting has been linked to an increase in the risk of developing diabetes, blood clots, cardiovascular diseases, anxiety, depression, obesity, muscle atrophy, and certain types of cancer. Statistically speaking, inactivity increases with age and affluence, and women are more likely to be sedentary than men. Adults are spending a shocking 70% of their time being inactive on a daily basis!
You Are In Control!
Children are also becoming more sedentary. As a result, they’re suffering more medical issues traditionally only seen in adults. We’re designed to be on the move, but sadly we’re living in a state of perpetual inertia.
So, what’s the solution? Staying active.
Aside from purchasing a standing desk, there isn’t much we can do to avoid sitting for the majority of an eight hour workday. However, nothing’s stopping us from mindfully getting up and taking a short, brisk walk several times a day. Other solutions include a 20 minute bike ride, hitting the gym before or after work, or even hire a personal trainer that will come to your home.
Exercise doesn’t have to be drudgery
Outside of the “workplace” in our home office, we should be vigilant about avoiding the temptation of becoming couch bound on our lunch or breaks. While the urge to rest may be strong, this is the perfect time to attempt to make up for a day’s worth of sitting. Exercise doesn’t have to be drudgery. Do something fun like swimming, Zumba, playing tennis, or hiking. Doing something fun and improving your health while you’re at it. Win, win!
If you happen to be the type who struggles with self-discipline, it’s always best to keep yourself accountable. Wear a tracking device to monitor your daily activities, or recruit a friend to keep you honest about your fitness goals. While you’re at it, track your daily food intake to ensure you’re keeping things healthy in that arena and staying within your calories.
Failing to plan is planning to fail
Finally, don’t leave being active up to fate. As they say, failing to plan is planning to fail. Life happens at the worst times and even though you may intend to get some physical activity in, sometimes life happens. Stay disciplined, keep your exercise routine and eat healthy.
Pencil yourself in, so to speak, and make yourself, and your health, a priority.
Let's stay active together!
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