The world of working has changed significantly since the pandemic.
Pre-Covid, most of us were used to going into work everyday and probably spending most of our time sat at a desk. However, you might have gone for a walk at lunchtime to get some food or catch up with a colleague. You might have had a bit of a walk to and from the office depending on the location and costs associated with travel...maybe you could walk to work from home!
Now, things have changed. Businesses have realised that they don't need all of their employees in the office all the time - people are just as productive when working from home (sometimes more so) and there is less tolerance to travelling into the work place every day. People have adapted their lives around the pandemic to create a better work / life balance and I'm all for it!
As we come into a new normal, it is important to ensure that we try to stay active when we are working from home. Your lunchtime walking or running group from work probably isn't going to be an option for you when you're at home, but you can still take small steps to stay active throughout the day.
Move Away From Your Desk
Make sure you are taking regular breaks from your desk, even if it's just to walk around the house or get a cup of tea.
Not only will this help get your body moving, but it will give you a much needed break from the screen as well.
Try Some Exercises
Diarise some time in the day to try some simple exercises to keep some mobility and movement in your shoulders, neck and upper back, which can often become stiff if you're sat hunched over a computer for a long time.
Check out our Tech Neck Series on Youtube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hko_J_A8SJc&list=PLaVRnutuBYmq0R_auKUC9xj4nS6504VPx) which has a number of short videos you can have a go at.
Go For A Walk
This is one of the easiest things you can do!
Get out for a walk on your lunch break, even if it's just for 10 minutes. Get your steps up, get out in nature and away from the screen. You could even leave your phone at home if you want a total break from technology.
Diarise that time away from your desk in the same way that you would for an important meeting. This is time for you, so don't allow there to be any exceptions.
There are many ways you could do this - you can diarise regular breaks away from your desk, your lunchtime walk, set some time for exercises or a fitness class...just make sure you are taking some time to move your body throughout the day.
I hope some of these tips are useful and can help you get into a good routine when working from home.
Keep that body moving!