Sometimes one of the hardest things to do when working from home is to stay fit. Why? Well, we all know the reasons why deep down:
- Most work-at-home jobs are sedentary.
- Most of us feel too busy to exercise.
- Most of us are only one room away from the kitchen.
- Most of us put our needs ahead of everyone else’s.
- Most of us don’t apply our great time management skills to staying fit.
There are many other reasons, but wouldn’t you agree that these seem to be the top five reasons we don’t stay fit? Well, if these are the five excuses we use then what are the five ways solutions to get and stay fit? They are:
- get moving
- eat on a schedule and keep a food journal
- schedule your exercise
- have an accountability partner
- turn your fitness goals into cash
You don’t have to spend money on expensive home exercise equipment or a spa membership. Just have comfortable walking shoes and get in motion. If it’s been a long time since you’ve exercised, start slow. Get up from your computer and stretch for a few minutes. Spend about 5 minutes stretching your back, neck, arms and legs. Then, if you can go outside, do so. Walk for 20 minutes.
Bad weather? Don’t use that as an excuse! Go up and down the basement stairs a few minutes or turn on the news and run in place for 20 minutes.
Figure out or talk to your doctor about an exercise plan that might be appropriate for your age and current fitness level. Sometimes even YouTube has good exercise videos.
Eat on a Schedule and Keep a Food Journal
Most people have no idea just how much and how often they are eating. Start tracking your meals and snacks. Then think of ways to cut back or make healthier choices. Also try to keep meals or snacks about the same time each day. I know it can’t be done every day, but try to keep meals within the hour. Many times as work-at-homers (WAHers) we tend to eat according to deadlines or while pulling an all-nighter. Again, a food journal will help uncover this.
Schedule Your Exercise
You should schedule your exercise just like you would schedule your work or kids’ doctors’ appointments. Type it in your Google calendar and have the reminder come to your laptop or phone. Now, heed the reminder and get up and go exercise.
Have an Accountability Partner
Find someone who also is trying to also make fitness part of their lifestyle. It can be someone online or offline. The key is to check in with this person and hold them accountable for what she has set for her fitness goals and in turn she will hold you accountable for what you have set for your fitness goals.
Turn Your Fitness Goals into Cash
Money can sometimes be a good motivator, especially in this day of online apps and websites. Healthy Wage is a great example of this. They will actually give you money if you meet your weight loss goals. There are also several weight loss apps you can use to help you.
Our Healthy Wage review and success story has a lot more info on how it all works if you're interested in trying it.
While these smartphone apps generally don’t pay you to lose weight unless they are having a contest, they are helpful tools. Here is a review on the apps.
While Weight Watchers doesn’t pay you to lose weight either, they do have their entire program now online, so there is no longer the excuse of finding time to go to weigh-ins and meetings. I understand it is one of the best online weight loss programs.
So, there you have it. Just get started. Put one foot before the other, then the other and to the count of two…
Now just get moving!