Most people have recently found themselves working from home over the past 2 years, hence many zoom meetings and hours seated at your desk.
Sitting all day at your desk or couch unfortunately can lead to many issues over time. Back pain, neck pain, and shoulder pain amongst the most common aches you might feel from being inactive for so long.
Before you know it, hours have passed, and you haven’t eaten nor moved away from your computer for hours!
Here are 5 tips to help you prioritize your health and help you move away from your computer screen!
- Set a timer
The premise of this idea is simply to try to get your work done in 40-minute blocks. For example, focus on your work task for 40 minutes, then take a 20-minute break. Use this break time to get up away from your computer, stretch, step outside to get some sun, and even walk around your house or outside.
- Schedule your workout
Just like you’d schedule a meeting on your calendar, make sure to schedule your workout on your calendar. Personally, I’d try to schedule the workout first thing in the morning if your schedule allows you to that way you get off to an active start to your day!
- Ask a Friend
Sometimes asking a friend to join you for a workout or a walk will help you make sure you stick to your schedule! It’s easy to convince ourselves we don’t need to workout or move today or that we’ll do it tomorrow. Having a friend who will help hold you accountable and encourage you can create a healthier workout environment and mental mindset regarding your workouts!
- Prepare ahead
Working from home means easy access to your favorite snacks and before you know it you’ve eaten half the bag of your favorite chips! Instead, try to create a few meals ahead of time that you can simply grab from the fridge and eat. That way when your days are busy, you don’t have to worry about cooking in the middle of your workday and instead you can simply heat up an already prepared meal.
- Create a routine
It’s quite easy to roll out of bed and start working in your pajamas while you’re still half asleep. While this might seem to save you more time/sleep in the morning, it’s likely not the case.
Instead, try to go to bed at a reasonable hour and give yourself sometime in the morning to for some selfcare. Little things such as making your bed, getting changed for the day, and eating breakfast will help you create a morning routine.
Adding these changes into your daily routine can have a big impact on how you feel and move. Prioritizing your health throughout the day will not only help your feel better but you’ll also have more energy to help you perform your task at work!