How to Integrate Exercise into your Day while Working from Home
The shift to working from home has disrupted so many people’s regular routines, changing how they do just about everything—including exercise. Whether you used to hit the gym in the mornings, walked at lunch with coworkers, or biked to work, the pandemic has probably thrown a wrench in your workout schedule.
Need to get back to exercising regularly? Here are some tips to help you get back on track.
Try a morning walk (or bike ride)
Without a morning commute to contend with, you likely have some time back in your day. Consider using it for some light exercise, like a walk or bike ride. Movement first thing in the morning will give you a little energy boost and help you start your day off on the right foot. Plus, who doesn’t love catching a gorgeous sunrise?
Do a virtual workout
Luckily, we live in an age where you don’t have to leave your house to access a great workout—all you need is an internet connection. Take some time to check out the many classes available online and find the one that works for you. Whether you’re looking for yoga, Zumba, HIIT, dance, Pilates, cardio, or spin, if you can dream it, it probably exists on the internet.
Use what you have
Most people don't have a fully stocked gym in their basement with all the equipment they need. Thankfully, it’s not too difficult to convert a variety of household items to exercise equipment. A beach towel, for example, can make a great yoga mat, a wooden box can work for plyometrics, and a folding chair is perfect for tricep dips. Don’t have any dumbbells at home? For lighter weights, try using soup cans. For heavier options, fill empty milk jugs or laundry detergent bottles with sand. And if you need some serious weight, a big bag of flour or a couple cast iron frying pans might do the trick.
Take a stretch break
Working at a desk can cause all kinds of strain and tightness, especially in your shoulders, neck, back and hips. But the great thing about working from home is that you can pause to take stretch breaks without the judgement of any nosey coworkers. Carve out a couple breaks in your day for five to ten minutes of movement. You can look online for ideas or simply use your favourite stretches from the gym.
Get a buddy
It can be tough to stick to an exercise routine by yourself. To help you stay accountable, enlist a buddy to join you for regular workouts. It could be someone you live with or a nearby friend or neighbor. Of course, just remember to maintain appropriate social distancing if you’re exercising with someone who isn’t from your immediate household.
However you choose to work out, don’t forget to give yourself time to get used to your new workout schedule. Especially in such a stressful time, it’s not easy to switch up your routines. However, staying active is an excellent way to combat anxiety—so it’s worth giving some of these ideas a go.