Employee Health and Fitness Day is right around the corner and what better way to celebrate than by making sure you’re keeping up with your health and fitness routine no matter your work location. The last couple of years has changed the way we work, with many of us working remotely or from home.
Working from home gave us the flexibility we all needed to attain our health goals and work on a balanced lifestyle. In fact, a survey conducted by the Pew Research Center found that 6 in 10 employees say working from home has made it easier to balance work and personal life.
But, as many are gearing up to head back into the office, you may be worried that you won’t have as much time and flexibility to focus on your health and fitness. No matter where you’re working, you can always make time for your goals. Here are a few tips on how you can prioritize your health and wellness wherever you work.
1. Avoid Long Periods of Inactivity
Research from the Mayo Clinic revealed that sitting for long periods of time is linked to a number of health concerns, like high blood pressure and abnormal cholesterol levels. Remaining active whether in-office or at home is important for your physical and mental health. Here are a few key tips to avoid inactivity:
- Invest in a standing desk for your home office.
- Schedule 5-10 minutes breaks throughout your day to get up and away from your desk.
- Have standing or walking meetings instead of sitting in a conference room.
- Invest in a desk treadmill so you can get your steps in while you work.
2. Make Time for Exercise
Incorporating daily exercise into your routine can help increase your productivity and energy throughout the workday. All you need is 30 minutes, workout clothes and good pair of shoes, a pump-up playlist and you’ll have yourself a good sweat sesh. Here are a few tips you can try to make sure you’re staying active during the work week.
- Use the time you would have spent commuting to and from work with a workout, like HIIT to start the day or yoga to end on a mindful note.
- Use your lunch break to go to the gym, attend a workout class or go for a run
- Take a walking lunch during your lunch hour.
- Utilize the office gym or the stairs to do a quick workout.
- Embrace your commute by walking or biking to and from the office.
For more tips on how you can stay healthy and fit whether you’re working from home or in the office, check out the infographic below.