Last week we discussed some of the reasons why I choose to work out from home. This week I thought it would be interesting to let you in on some of the ways in which I integrate activity into my days. I do work from home for half the week so it’s important for me to keep my productivity up, my body feeling healthy and strong, as well as maintain a positive mood and sharp mind. Here are 5 ways I keep fit at home throughout the day:
- I have a guest bedroom which is dedicated to fitness. I keep a yoga mat, two five pound weights, a medicine ball, and a resistance band neatly laid out against the wall. I keep the door open wide to entice me to walk in and do a couple stretches, lunges, push-ups, or resistance band sets. This really helps, as every move counts!
- I have a pull-up bar (one that doesn't have to screw in) in my hallway on the way to my bedroom and washroom. I make an effort to do 5, 10, or 15 pull-ups each time I walk by the bar (that’s about 10x per day minimum). This keeps my upper body and core muscles strong.
- I do lots of push-ups and modified push-ups against the kitchen counter (50-300 per day).
- I use a standing desk. I stretch my lower body, do squats, calf raises, and shoulder raises all while at the desk.
- When night time rolls around I like to watch an hour of TV. While lying on the couch I do air cycling (great for the abs and leg muscles) and during commercials I do some more push-ups, squats, and lunges. Here’s a cool video highlighting the risks of sitting for too long.
By doing all this throughout the day I feel alive, strong, positive, and sharp! On days when I can't make it outdoors for my 30-60 minute walk, I don't feel so bad as I was able to do many small things throughout the day to keep my body feeling great. On days when I’m in the office, I still drop and do push-ups, squats, & lunges to keep my energy levels up and mind sharp!
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I encourage readers to comment below and let us know how you take action to improve your health & fitness at home or in the office.
Keep Positive, Keep Smiling, and Keep MOVING!