Working from home has been our new normal for most of us for a year now. While it can be nice to attend work meetings in sweatpants and avoid long commutes, there are some downsides to not going into a physical office. When working from home, many people see decreased activity levels, which can lead to health issues in the long run.
The CDC recommends that all adults get at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity per week. In doing so, you’ll greatly reduce your risk of developing cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and some cancers. Exercise also helps improve your brain function and allows you to sleep better at night. Making time to exercise is a great way to alleviate stress, stay healthy, and promote a strong immune system. Even if gyms are closed, there are still plenty of ways to fit in physical activity while at home. Here are a few tips to fit in some exercise while working from home.
Take Walks During Breaks
If you’re unable to fit in a longer walk during your day, step away from your computer for quick 5 minute walk breaks. This will give your mind and body a chance to take a breath before diving back into work.
Walk During Phone Conferences
If you’re able to, walking around during a phone conference can help to get you up and moving without pulling you away from work. Walking can also help improve your thinking skills and slow cognitive decline over time.
Stream Exercise Videos
A quick search on YouTube will provide you with endless results for exercise videos. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing yoga sequence or a full-body cardio workout, these videos make it easy to follow along in the comfort of your own home.
Household Chores and Yard Work
Completing household chores and yard work are simple and efficient ways to fit some physical activity into your daily routine. Finding time to get out and mow the lawn or tend to your garden allows you to get some fresh air while also getting in some exercise.
Making an effort to stay active while working from home will help you prevent potential health risks down the road. As always, First Care is here for you and any of your medical concerns. While we want to help you stay as active and healthy as possible, we know that coming into the clinic during COVID may make some patients uneasy. We offer telemedicine appointments where we can walk you through treatments for a variety of illnesses, answer any questions, and help with medication refills. To schedule a virtual visit, find your nearest First Care Clinic on our website.