For many of us, going to work doesn’t involve leaving our homes. While there are many perks to working from home, it can also be a challenge being sedentary most of the day. However, there are still ways to incorporate more activity into your day.
Here are four simple ideas to build more movement into your working day, wherever you are:
1. Set a Timer for Regular Breaks
When you’re working hard in full flow, it can be easy to sit in one place without moving for hours at a time. However, it’s important to get up at regular intervals throughout the day to keep your body moving.
A simple way to remind yourself that it’s time for a break is to set a timer. When it goes off, you can break up your working day with mini movement sessions.
For example, if you work for eight hours each day, you can set your timer to remind you to move for at least five minutes at the end of each hour. Use this time to jog on the spot, do some simple stretches or even some star jumps.
By the time you finish work, you’ll have added an extra 40 minutes of physical activity to your day.
You could also try some simple arm and leg stretches at your desk. Check out these simple home exercises for beginners with LaBriece.
2. Take a Proper Lunch Break
When we’re busy, it can seem easier to eat and work at the same time. However, by stepping away from your desk to take a proper lunch break, you can use your break to fit in an extra movement session.