How to Stay Fit While Working from Home

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how to stay fit while working from home

One of the biggest adjustments when you go from an office-based job to a home-based one is the change in the amount of physical activity you do every day. Going to and from the office every day means walking more steps and exerting more physical effort per day without you even noticing it. Even walking around the office to talk to your colleagues or going out for lunch means burning calories. But when you start to make money from home, you’re deprived of this daily physical activity.

It’s not uncommon for a new virtual employee to get straight to work after waking up and then spend their non-working hours having fun or doing chores. A lot of people who are new to the world of virtual business simply forget about making time for workouts, sports, or any type of physical activity. Eventually, this lack of physical activity will make you feel lethargic, sluggish, or just plain sick.

To avoid putting yourself at risk, make sure to dedicate even just a few minutes to an hour each day for physical activity. Here are a few ideas on how to stay fit while working from home.


When going to the grocery or running an errand nearby, walk instead of driving or commuting.

Working from home means that you’ve saved time with the daily travel to and from work. You can spend this time walking to accomplish your daily errands. Sure, it’s less convenient than just driving or commuting, but it has a lot of benefits. For one, walking is one of the best cardio exercises you can do. For another, walking to a nearby destination will help you save gas or fare money. It’s a win-win situation.


Check out some fitness apps, find one that works for you, and use it regularly.

There are a LOT of fitness apps out there. Some are over hyped, some work okay for everyone, and some really work well for specific types of people. Check out the most highly rated fitness apps out there and find one that works for you. You can get an app that allows you to dance for fun, one that has a streamlined home exercise routine, or one that gives you points for accomplishing certain goals like walking 10,000 steps or climbing 20 flights of stairs a day.

Whatever app you choose, make sure that you don’t just download it and then forget about it. Make it a part of your daily routine.

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Get a fitness tracker.

Fitness trackers might not work well for everyone, and some of them can be a bit expensive. But for the select few who are motivated by reminders of their physical activity, fitness trackers can work wonders. When you’re prompted that you only have to take 1,000 more steps to reach your goal or when you get a notification for your next workout session, you’re more inclined to get moving.


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Find something you love so you can enjoy your workouts more.

Whether it’s going to the gym, doing yoga at home, or running with your dog, it’s important to find a physical activity that you actually enjoy doing. Otherwise, you’ll just moan and groan about having to do your workout and you’ll feel lazier and lazier as time goes by.


Get your housemates to join you in your fitness journey.

The more, the merrier right? This is true when you’re going through a fitness journey as well. When you rope in your family or roommate to join you in your workouts, you can motivate each other and help each other attain their goals.

Ready to reach your fitness goals? We hope the tips above can help you achieve them!


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