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We’ve talked about the best ways to work from home, so I thought that it’s about time we address the issue of working out from home. We’ve talked about these things before, too, but it’s easy to forget about them. We can always use a reminder of how easy it is to sneak in a quick workout!
I’ve got a few different jobs at the moment, so I spend part of my time at a couple different offices and part of my time doing work at home (and my own little side projects of working on a couple of books and such are also what I consider to be “work”). For the first half of September, I was working pretty much solely from home, which was much different from what I am used to. Working from home meant that I let myself sleep in a little bit. And then I’d miss my favourite gym classes. Or I’d tell myself that I’d go for a walk “after I finish xyz”, but I’d end up getting caught up in something else and suddenly it was 5pm and I hadn’t even left my house yet.
If this sounds like you – or if you are simply always in a rush and find that you don’t want to prioritize the gym (because, let’s face it, we all have time to workout; the issue is one of prioritization) – then just follow the tips below!
1) Keep a yoga mat on the floor. When my yoga mat is on the floor, the idea of dropping and doing 30 crunches or 20 push ups seems way less daunting than if I have to lug out my mat every time it occurs to me that I ought to fit in some core or strength training.
2) Turn up the tunes. Take a 3-5 minute break from work by cranking up your music and dancing to a favourite song. Please do not start dancing while you’re still working at the computer. I’ve tried doing both at the same time and trust me, it takes some mad skills to do that successfully (which I do not have).
3) Keep the weights handy. It doesn’t matter what they are; 3 lbs, 8 lbs, 10 lbs, 20 lbs. If you feel yourself slumping at your desk, do a few bicep curls. Or do some shoulder presses while you’re waiting for the kettle to boil.
4) Put your favourite workout DVD front and centre. I have the 30 Day Shred DVD on my laptop desktop. It’s a great 20-minute workout – if I tell myself that I don’t want to go to the gym because it will take too much time out of my day (a really great excuse), then I can just do the 20-minute 30 Day Shred workout and be done with it. Because I can definitely take the time for a half hour break midday. You can also put a DVD right beside your computer or on a table where you see it every day to serve as a good reminder (or guilt trip ;)).
5) Use a timer. I like to use a timer to track my hours when I’m doing a freelancing project, but it also works well for figuring out when it’s time for a break. If I have the timer set and I work for a solid couple hours, then I get outside for a quick walk. I set a destination for myself or I decide how long I want to be gone for ahead of time so that I can get some fresh air and allow my mind to clear and sneak a little bit of exercise into the day.
Check out my Shop Healthy store for products that you can use in your home for exercising! What are your tricks for working out from home?