March 15, 2023
Remote working has enabled people to work from home and avoid the daily commute. As useful as it has been, it has also taken a huge toll on our collective physical fitness.
Why did it all change?
Before the pandemic, many people had a daily routine that included walking or cycling to work, climbing stairs, and moving around the office. These activities have been replaced by long hours sitting in front of their computers. Studies have shown that people who work from home are more likely to be overweight or obese than those who work in an office.
What changes do we need to make?
Take regular breaks: stretch, walk or do any physical activity that you enjoy for a few minutes. The seated position finds the abs and glute muscles weak over time, so doing certain exercises that target them for 15 minutes can do wonders.
Schedule regular exercise: make exercise a part of your daily routine by scheduling regular exercise sessions, and stick to them as you would for any other appointment.
Use a standing desk: standing desks can help reduce the amount of time spent sitting, and provide an opportunity to move around while working.
Walk or bike when you can: if you have errands to run, don't just scroll through Uber Eats. Instead, move to your destination. This will provide an opportunity for physical activity and help break up the sedentary workday.
Exercise from home: there are many online fitness classes available that you can join from the comfort of your own home. Find a class that suits your interests and schedule, and make it a regular part of your routine.