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5 Terrific Tips for Keeping Fit When You Work at Home
Are you one of the lucky people who is able to earn a living working from home?
If so, you are probably already aware of the effects of sitting all day, every day…or at least several days a week.
While I’m the first to say that being your own boss has got to be one of the best things since sliced bread for thousands of people who were worker bees at a dreary, dead end 9-5 job before beginning a new career working from home; it does have a few downsides.
One of those not-so-good things is the enforced inactivity that is a necessary part of earning a living when you work on the internet. In a perfect world, we could all sit at our desks day after day without moving anything but our fingers on the keyboard and never gain an ounce or lose anything in physical condition.
Since we don’t live in a perfect world, that has not been my experience.
Effects of Inactivity
When I decided to take matters in hand and stop tipping the scales a little more every time I got up the nerve to get on them, I researched the effects of physical inactivity. Take a look, it’s scary stuff:
- Increased risk of developing hypertension, or high blood pressure
- Increased chance of becoming diabetic
- More chance of having heart disease or a heart attack
- More likely to develop osteoporosis
- Colon and breast cancer are more prevalent in inactive people
- Obesity is a problem associated with insufficient activity
- More prone to depression and anxiety
Exercise Reverses Effects of Inactivity
I was stunned when I found out how very bad it was for me to be inactive! Naturally, I knew it couldn’t be good for me, but I had no idea it could virtually kill me. It was heartening to learn that exercise reverses the effects of being physically inactive. Once I knew the truth, I promised myself to become proactive in my own health and physical condition by making exercise an important part of my daily routine.
If you would like to turn the tide and stop the effects of inactivity common to those who work online from home, you might benefit from some of my wisdom gleaned from personal experience.
Tips for Keeping Fit if You Work From Home
I. Got stairs? Use them! If you have a set of stairs either in your home or maybe leading up to a porch—get on them. Make it a point to take a break from your work at regular intervals and spend at least 10 minutes or so going up and down those stairs. You’ll burn calories while getting good aerobic exercise.
II. Change your diet. Let’s get real, you can’t sit on your derrière all day and eat like a lumberjack without gaining weight. I failed to take that into consideration and having always been active in outdoor activities that burned up a lot of calories, continued on with my hearty meals and frequent snacks even after I started leading a sedentary lifestyle working at home. The result was predictable: I got fat. Maybe not morbidly obese, but considerably more than pleasantly plump. If you work from home and are not getting much exercise, you must cut those calories!
III. Invest a little money in exercise equipment. Buy equipment that you can set up and use at home. When I determined that this was a wise course of action if I wanted to lose weight and be healthy, I got on the internet and read a lot of online home gym reviews on www.homegymadviser.com. Although I was initially concerned about cost, I quickly realized that (a) the equipment wasn’t overly expensive and (b) I can’t put a price on my good health.
IV. Make a schedule. Making a schedule with slots for the time you will spend exercising keeps you on track until you get in the groove and it becomes routine.
V. Break it up. When you sit all day working online, it’s wise to break your exercise routine into several smallish chunks rather than try to do all of it at once, especially if you will be exercising for an hour or so. This gives you a much needed reprieve from your desk, besides making exercise more do-able.
Getting a home gym has been a lifesaver to me, literally. I’m relatively young and was shocked when my doctor warned me during my last physical that my blood sugar, blood pressure and cholesterol were all on the borderline of being too high. I know now that this was a direct result of my inactivity and that my health would have continued in its downhill slide if I hadn’t started getting the exercise my body needs to function like the finely tuned machine it was designed to be.
That physical exam was my wake up call. Have you had yours?
Rick Mercado, mid thirties and married, is a rugged outdoorsy type who thrives on hiking, kayaking and other activities around his home in Halifax, Nova Scotia; but makes a living working from home as a writer and online marketer. Like many others who earn their living online, he sits for long periods of time and has to make an effort to get the exercise he needs. He credits his home gym workout programs with his current robust health and weight loss.