It’s no secret that your average American spends a lot of time at the office. If your reading this article, more than likely your office probably just became your home. If some things are not executed correctly, it can also cause a lot of unhealthy activities. Some examples of the unhealthy activities include hours of sitting without stretching, tons of snacking and not actually waking up when you have to. However, there are secrets to dealing with each of the above individual issues so here we go.
Hours of sitting without stretching
There are no reasons why you can’t get up at least a couple of times a day. The exact way you deal with this issue may depend on the nature of your job. If your a contact center agent you can stand up anytime you meet with your boss or in a meeting and don’t have to look at anything on your computer screen. If you have some other type of job, at the very least you can stretch your muscles every once in a while.
So why is spending so much time sitting down so bad for you? According to an article written by Maggie Fox on NBCnews.com, while it is unclear as to the scientific reason as to why, sitting can cause various types of cancers. Additionally it can also stiffen up your muscles.
Another possible solution to the constant sitting down while working is there are numerous types of ergonomic desks and desk chairs. This could be helpful if you want to spend a part of the day standing. But if you choose to go this way you can prepare to spend over $500 on a desk before even buying the chair. Even if you do not work at home, it is widely published that some offices go that way as well nowadays. But that is the joy of working from home. You get to choose your desk, which leads to the next best thing you can do for yourself.
Take the time you would take driving and exercise
The US Census Bureau says that the average commute to work for an American one way is 25.5 minutes, which means if you are like an average American that is another hour to your day which you can do something else. Why not exercise? That can include running, even something as simple as mowing the lawn or constantly scrubbing your counter. Or you could also get things like a weight bench and kettle bells or a workout video fairly cheap. But of course to make the exercise worth it, also means you need to eat right which leads us to the next issue.
How to deal with food
One of the nice or bad things about working from home is anytime you are not working you have the kitchen at your disposal. This means you need to control your snacking. The key to dealing with this issue is to have things available which are filling and will not allow you to snack a lot as that can also be bad for your wallet.
Easy things you can eat which can be filling could be high protein granola bars, which you can get relatively cheap at a grocery store, smoothies (the link to the right has some ideas compliments of the food network web site) and fruit. The single best thing you can do is to not have a lot of junk food around the house. That way if you snack a lot you will at least be snacking on healthy food.
In addition, it will also be much healthier for you if you eat breakfast before starting work and take a lunch break at some point during the day as it will give you more energy.
Get up well before you actually have to start
The exact way to deal with this issue depends on the nature of whether or not control your work hours. If you do control your work hours then you should not roll out of bed and start work. Numerous studies have proven that if you are well rested and had breakfast you are going to be much more alert and effective throughout the day.
Choose the right office chair
One of the advantages to working at home is you actually get to choose your own office equipment and chances are you have an occupation which requires you to spend a great deal of time on a computer. Keep in mind the chair you choose is one that you will be sitting in 40 plus hours a week. It should be one that is an appropriate height for the size of your desk and also so you can look at your computer at eye level which can reduce the amount of strain on your eyes.
Having the wrong office chair or slouching while working can also cause additional back and additional joint issues.
So how do I prevent health issues while working from home? Keep only healthy food around the house, have an appropriate office chair and get out and exercise.
Source: I have worked from home for approximately five years and employ each of these habits myself and have found these tips to be effective.