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Working From Home? 13 Ways To Beat A Sedentary Lifestyle

May 11,2018 13:20

Remote work continues to gain steam in the American workforce, with 56% of professionals now working in telecommute-compatible jobs. This number will likely grow in the coming years as more and more individuals choose to join the gig economy and work ...


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Remote work continues to gain steam in the American workforce, with 56% of professionals now working in telecommute-compatible jobs. This number will likely grow in the coming years as more and more individuals choose to join the gig economy and work for themselves as freelancers.
While working from home offers numerous benefits, it also makes it easier to slip into a sedentary lifestyle. When your commute is from your bedroom to your home office or living room, you need to proactively plan movement and exercise into your day.
According to Forbes Coaches Council, here are a few easy ways the work-from-home crowd can fight the urge to spend all day on the couch.
 
1. Move Every 90 Minutes 
Statistics show that people should be moving every 90 minutes to shift their energy levels. Managing your energy is the most important thing to keep your mind fresh and productive. Get up and take a walk, take the stairs, walk to a coffee shop to get a break, take a lunch break, have an accountability buddy to meet at the gym to get you out of the house in the morning, lunch, or after work. - Monica Thakrar, MTI
2. Get An Adjustable Sit/Stand Desk 
A leading cause of illness and injury is improper ergonomics combined with sitting at your desk all day. Make sure your setup allows for proper posture and body mechanics. The best strategy you can take is to get yourself a sit/stand adjustable desk and make a habit of adjusting it to standing height at least a few times a day. If you find you forget, just set a timer and also remember to move. - Laura DeCarlo, Career Directors International
3. Block Time On Your Calendar To Get Out Of The House 
One of the perks of freelancing and working from home is the power to control one's own calendar. Blocking out time for certain activities such as the gym, coffee with colleagues, and professional development out of the office (think library or park) can provide relief from the isolation of working alone. It also keeps the body moving. It's important to not schedule over these activities. - Barbara OMalley, Exec Advance LLC
4. Establish A Morning Exercise Routine 
If you work from home, it can become a habit to "ease" into your day slowly. Instead, I recommend starting your day with a morning routine. I especially recommend starting your morning practice with exercise, preferably at a gym or location outside of your home. Get your day going with a commitment to an early morning exercise session and then see your productivity increase with renewed energy. - Cori Burchell, Dear Miss Millionaire

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