How To Stay Active When Working From Home

Working from home can mean that in between work, homeschooling, and doing household chores, there doesn’t seem to be enough time in the day to get to the gym, and many have found themselves stuck indoors for weeks on end. It has become clear to many that they need to prioritise their health, as working from the kitchen table leads to sore backs and necks.

Sitting for too long can affect your metabolism, increase blood pressure, blood sugar, and cholesterol, leading to weight gain, as well as affecting the muscles in your back, neck, hip flexors, hamstrings and calves.

We have a look at some simple indoor or garden exercises that can be done in a 30-minute break from your desk, from yoga to skipping, as well as how to move more at your desk.

 

Exercise that can be done indoors

Aside from getting out of your chair to walk and stretch, there are many forms of exercise you can do without leaving the house. Ideally, you should be aiming for 30 minutes of cardio three times a week.

Here are a few suggestions:

  • Yoga / Pilates
  • Squats
  • Jogging on the spot
  • Plank
  • Jumping jack/burpees
  • Push-ups
  • Skipping rope (probably best in the garden)
  • Dumbbell lifts (using a heavy object)

While you’re at your desk, try loosening up tense muscles by rotating your wrists and ankles, stretching your arms above your head, and turning your head from left to right, up and down.

A moment of pause, even when you are in the middle of something, will help centre yourself and stretch tense muscles.

If the thought of incorporating exercise into your week seems a little daunting, these kinds of exercises can be done in the privacy of your own home where there is no pressure.

 

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