You might be a work from home mum because you’re self-employed, or because of COVID-19 restrictions at your regular workplace. Either way, if you spend much of your time using a computer or sitting at a desk here are a few handy tips for you to keep fit and healthy despite being in front of a screen all day.
Try Not to Spend Your Whole Time Sitting
As you can appreciate, spending your working day sitting down at a desk is not a good idea. Firstly, you increase your chances of putting on weight and developing medical conditions like diabetes if you often snack while you sit.
Secondly, some people develop DVT (deep vein thrombosis) – a type of blood clot in the legs – from sitting down too much. Lastly, you’ll probably end up with a lot of back pain, especially if your chair doesn’t promote good posture.
Did you know that it can make sense to swap your regular desk for a standing desk? As the name suggests, you can use a standing desk to work while you stand. However, it’s also possible to use a compatible chair with them when you want to sit down.
Go For a Walk on Your Breaks
You’ll undoubtedly give yourself some break times, such as for lunch or to make a hot beverage. Use the opportunity to go for a quick walk around the block. If you’ve got a pet dog, that’s even better as you can take your canine companion with you.
Having a walking break doesn’t just promote better health and fitness. It also helps you clear your mind if you’re having a tough day or aren’t feeling particularly motivated or creative with your work.
Drink Plenty of Water
Your body needs water for scores of different reasons. Without water, your body won’t function at peak performance, nor will you feel focused on your work. How much water should you drink, you ask yourself?
The answer is, it depends. You can’t prescribe an exact volume of water for everyone to drink each day because everyone is of a different height and weight. Instead, it makes sense to start with a glass of water when you begin your work and refill it when you feel thirsty.
Eat Healthy Snacks
Lastly, food like crisps, biscuits, chocolates and energy bars are far from healthy. You likely snack because you’re hungry or are feeling anxious or sad. If you do need to snack, make sure you opt for healthy foods like fruit and vegetables.
Avoid eating anything processed or pre-packaged, and definitely avoid putting salt or sugar on your snacks. Finally, instead of having three big meals each day, having several smaller, healthy ones make better sense.
Hopefully, the above information will give you some inspiration on how you can keep fit and healthy while you work from home. Good luck – and thanks for reading!
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