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10 Ways to Become More #EverActive at Home

Date : 14 January 2022

It’s a new year and we are certain that many of you have added ‘exercise more often’ or ‘become fitter’ to your list of resolutions. But, since the start of the pandemic, many people in the workforce have found themselves working from home which leaves little opportunity for exercise and being active during the day.

But, just because it’s more difficult to be active while confined to the four walls of your home, doesn’t mean that it is impossible.

We have put together 10 ways for you to become more #EverActive at home so that you can achieve those fitness goals.

1. Reorganise your Workspace

Traditionally the workspace is organised to be as efficient as possible. However, if you are interested in getting in some extra steps, you may want to consider reorganising your workspace to be as disruptive as possible.

Instead of putting the printer in the same room as where your desk is, think about moving it to a different space in the house. This will force you to get up and take a walk every time you need to print something instead of just swivelling your chair around.

2. Do Exercises at your Desk

Need to make a few phone calls this afternoon?

Keep a dumbbell at your desk to exercise your arms while you are on a call or, even simpler, just do some leg and arm lifts while at your desk to keep the blood flowing and being active.

There is plenty of desk exercise that you can do without even needing to get up from your chair. Be sure to check out this article by Snack Nation for some cool desk exercise ideas.

3. Set a ‘Walk’ Alarm

The most difficult part about working from home is remembering that you need to get up from your desk. When at the office it is easy to go quickly grab a cup of coffee or sneak in a quick chat with a colleague but, when working from home, we can forget that it is important to move around.

Set an alarm on your phone or computer to get up five minutes before the end of each hour and use these five minutes to walk around and clear your head. This is great for your circulation and will also help you to keep your mind fresh.

4. Put it in the Planner

If you are struggling to create time to exercise or go for a walk but it is in your work calendar or planner. Schedule 30 minutes to an hour a day to do something active. You wouldn’t forget to write down the time for a meeting so make it a habit to create time to be active.

Your goals are not going to reach themselves without some sacrifice and effort.

5. Adopt a Dog

This does not only help you to become more active but also helps to rescue an adorable canine friend from the local shelter or SPCA. Sometimes finding a reason to walk is difficult but we are sure that your new friend will love taking morning or evening walks.

Take a trip to an animal shelter and give a canine a new home.

6. Clean During your Breaks

One of the worst aspects of working from home is seeing the constant mess around the house that needs to be dealt with: dishes that need to be washed, laundry to be folded and carpets that need to be vacuumed.

When working at the office these chores can be left at the front door for you to collect once you arrive home. But there is a way to deal with your chores and to keep your house clean at the same time: clean during your breaks.

Create a cleaning schedule for each day’s lunch break. Even if it is to sweep, dust, clean the kitchen or vacuum one room this will help to reduce the number of chores that you need to do on the weekend and help you keep active during the day.

7. Get Creative with TV Time

We are all guilty of binging the latest series on Netflix or Showmax after a day’s work and there is no harm in doing this – everyone needs downtime to reset and destress. But there are ways to use this time constructively.

Buy a stationary bike to cycle while you catch up on some series or do some floor exercises. There are different things you can do based on what your exercise preferences are and they do not interfere with your TV time!

8. Walk During Phone Calls

Some days it feels as though the phone calls never end. Instead of sitting idly by your desk while on your call, walk around the house to keep your body moving. This is a great way to keep active and to break the monotony of the day-to-day.

Just be sure to keep a pen and paper on your walking route to make sure that you do not miss out on any important details that need to be taken down like phone numbers, addresses and meetings!

9. Exercise Ball Chair

When working from home people often tends to sit on harder chairs (or sofas) that are not ideal for posture. If you are struggling with back or neck pain then it is likely that you have bad posture from the current chair you are sitting on.

This is where an exercise ball can help.

Exercise balls are inexpensive, comfortable and will help you to maintain a good posture while sneaking some exercises in during the day.

10. Buy a Standing Desk

If all else fails consider purchasing a standing desk. It is not healthy to sit all day every day and a standing desk forces you to stand with the option to sit down when your feet or legs get tired.

Some people even get treadmill desks to guarantee they are getting their daily steps in so that is an option too!

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How do you keep #EverActive while working from home? Be sure to share your ideas with us in the comments on our Facebook, Twitter or Instagram pages.