In the six years since I started working from home, my weight and health have fluctuated. I spend most of my day on the computer and I find myself snacking more than I would in a traditional office setting. But I also feel better when I make healthy choices. Here are ways you can stay healthy when your workplace is also your home.
Clean Out the Fridge
Unless you have massive amounts of willpower, having junk food in the house is an invitation for unhealthy eating. I tend to reach for junk when I’m facing a deadline or feeling particularly stressed from my freelance work. Instead of tempting yourself with those foods, get them out of the house.
Instead spend some time on the weekend prepping healthy foods. If you have a bowl of cut fruit or vegetables in the refrigerator, you’re more likely to reach for them. If you find yourself working through lunch and grabbing whatever is convenient mid afternoon, prepare your lunches the night before just like you would if you worked outside the home.
Make a Schedule
Just because you work from home doesn’t mean you should skip having a schedule. Treat your day just like you would a traditional job. Choose a starting and stopping time. Build in breaks and a lunch time. The breaks give you a chance to stretch and relax. Having a set lunch time keeps your body on a regular schedule and reduces the chances of stuffing your face with anything you find later in the day.
Keep Water Close
Even with the kitchen a few feet away, I can go most of the day without drinking if I don’t consciously make an effort. I started filling a large glass first thing in the morning to keep near by work station. As soon as it’s empty, I refill it and start over.
Another bad habit I have is to skip exercise. I tell myself I need to get to work and exercise will take away valuable work time. But in reality, I’m much more efficient after a good workout. The exercise energizes me and motivates me to get to work. Don’t fall into the “I don’t have time” trap. Squeeze in a workout, even if it means waking up a little earlier.
Working from home is often challenging. But keeping your body healthy makes it easier to meet those challenges.