Now that the lock down has been extended, it’s inevitable that most of us will be working from home for the foreseeable future. I’ve been speaking to my clients over the past few weeks and they seem to be working longer hours than ever before. Zoom conferences scheduled well past normal knocking off time, late night emails and never really switching off from the work day. For the most part this working from home lark doesn’t seem all it was cracked up to be!
With all this in mind, keeping physically active could become a pretty significant challenge.
Roll out of bed, grab a coffee from the kitchen on the way to the sofa and there you slouch for the rest of the day. Moving only for fridge raiding expedition and toilet breaks. A sloth on holiday with a hangover is probably more energetic!
It's no secret that being physically active is pretty damn good for us, so here are my top tips for staying active while working from home ...
1. Get Outside
Get outside if you can (government advice dependant!) and go for a run or walk in the open air. I’ve been going running around the local country park nature reserve. It’s pretty much deserted apart from the odd dog walker and really easy to keep a very wide distance from other humans. The flowery shorts, gold sunglasses and bandana I wear most definitely aid the social distancing! Getting outside for some fresh air seems to do wonders for revitalising the mind.
2. Move & Groove
If you are confined to barracks move as much as possible, as often as possible. Be sure to get up at least every 30 minutes and have a little walk about, stretch and a little dance. Get a FitBit or wrist worn step tracker to make sure you are getting those steps in. You can use your phone but it would need to be in your pocket all the time. Stick those ear buds in and walk around during the conference calls - I do all my client check in calls like this.
3. Work It Out
Just because the gyms are closed doesn’t mean you have to stop training. I have been running group training sessions over Zoom using just a few household items for gym kit. If you are lucky enough to have some dumbbells or exercise bands then your options are endless. There are thousands of free home workouts online and having something to follow can help prevent you from getting distracted if you were just doing your own thing. Schedule your workouts in for the week and if you can rope in a friend or colleague why not do it together for some added accountability?
Here's the link if you fancy joining us for the lunch time Zoom sessions:
Stay active, stay safe, stay strong!