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Discussion in 'Healthy Lifestyle' started by Shondra, Nov 21, 2016.

  1. Shondra
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    by Shondra » Nov 21, 2016
    What advice can you give someone who works from home and has to spend long hours sitting at the computer when it comes to weight loss and keeping fit?
     
    


    


  2. Keeliamira
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    by Keeliamira » Nov 23, 2016
    Drink a ton of water. Keep a water bottle with a straw in it handy. For some reason drinking through a straw generally results in drinking more water than without.
    Take a 15 minute break every couple of hours and walk around your block oioir go up and down your stairs, etc. to get some activity in. Scheduling it will make it more likely to happen.
    Don't eat at your desk and keep lots of healthy snacks in the fridge like baby carrots, other crunchy veggies, olives, etc.
    I work from home and it really can be a waistline killer.
     
  3. Shondra
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    by Shondra » Nov 24, 2016
    Thanks for the advice. I think that taking little breaks will definitely help, plus I found this great article online about how you can do eye exercises to help keep the strain down. One of the techniques involves focusing on an object that is about twenty feet away from where you are sitting for about twenty seconds every twenty minutes that you work on your computer.
     
  4. marcy
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    by marcy » Dec 17, 2016
    My husband has worked at home for about 5 years. He has an office downstairs and he uses that room for work only; at our old house he used a computer room upstairs right by the living room and he found he was too easily distracted. He also makes sure to eat lunch at our kitchen table rather than eating in his office. He gets up and at least walks around about once an hour and has a dart board set up downstairs that he'll go take a break to just get up and move around.

    Over the years I have noticed he doesn't like staying at home on the weekends because he is home all the time and even though he is on conference calls he misses being able to see and talk to people.

    He finds he can get a lot more work done since there are fewer distractions.
     
    


    


  5. the_mother_thing
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    by the_mother_thing » Feb 27, 2017
    I have one of the Varidesk models (that lets you easily stand & sit throughout the day). It was necessary for my back, as sitting for long periods contributes to the painful flare-ups in my lumbar/sacral area. Here is the website for them: http://www.varidesk.com My employer actually bought mine for me, which was wonderful, but they are reasonably priced if you have to pay out of pocket for one.

    Also, I keep my elliptical in my home office. If I'm on a conference call I'm only listening for awareness, I try to hop on the elliptical for a portion of the time. If I stay at my desk, I'm more likely to multi-task and not pay attention, whereas on the elliptical, I'm still focused on listening to the call. If you find yourself on a lot of calls, and have some where you're just listening, perhaps use that time to do some yoga or other physical activity near your phone so you can still hear but also keep the blood flowing. I do also get up and move around (go outside for a few mins here and there), have my desk positioned near a window so I can vary my vision focus throughout the day, etc.

    People think WFH full time is some cake-walk; it's not. You just get to wear more comfy clothes. :lol:
     
  6. Landen
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    by Landen » Jun 8, 2017
    There are plenty of physical exercises that you can do at home. You can just use google to find them. good luck! If you need some help, I can also write some useful exercises here too.
     
  7. ILikeShiny
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    by ILikeShiny » Jun 8, 2017
    I work from home and am in the health/fitness field, so hopefully my tips can help! There have already already been several good suggestions given. I'll just give you my general list, even though some are repeats:
    • Set a timer to go off once an hour (at the longest) to remind you to get up and move around at least 5 minutes; this helps keep your metabolism from slowing down. Use that time to walk around, do some gentle stretches, and refill your water bottle.
    • Set a goal to drink at least half of your body weight in ounces per day (that's the RDA)
    • Keep a small refrigerator in your office and fill it with healthy snacks/drinks
    • Don't keep a candy bowl on your desk; stress easily depletes it - lol
    • Instead of using a regular chair, try using a large yoga/physio ball to sit on. It will keep your core engaged the whole time and promotes better posture
    • You can also try using a standing desk, or a treadmill desk
    If you have tips on staying focused while working from home I'd love to hear them. That's where I struggle. I find myself bouncing from one thing to the next or wanting to zone out for a while.
     
  8. Landen
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    by Landen » Jun 12, 2017
    You can do these simple but effective exercises
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  9. TreeScientist
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    by TreeScientist » Jan 28, 2018
    I think the "have a separate room for work" advice is key. I worked from home exclusively for a short period a few years ago while finished my thesis, and I used one room in my then apartment as my home office. That room was for work and work only. I was only in that room when I was working, and I did not go into that room when I was not working (except to clean it, of course :tongue:).

    When you work from home, the line between "work place" and "relax place" begin to blur, and I really think it's important to have distinct spaces for both. It helps you keep your sanity.

    I agree about the fewer distractions though. I was definitely more productive when I didn't have co-workers constantly trying to talk to me. When I get distracted, it's hard for me to get back "in the zone."

    One of my favorite comics on working from home:D:
    http://theoatmeal.com/comics/working_home
     
  10. EthanMitchel
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    by EthanMitchel » Mar 11, 2018
    First of all, you should sleep more. Sometimes you think :" 2 more hours
    nad time to bed". Then you think, maybe 2 more hours. Soo, sleep a lot!
     
    


    


  11. diamondringlover
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    by diamondringlover » Mar 31, 2018
    I work from home and I have a Apple watch it reminds me every hour to get up and move for 1 minute, I get up and walk in my office and I have 3 lb weights so I do various exercise with those as well...bonus my office is upstairs so I go up and down those stairs a bunch ;))
     

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