Moving Throughout Your Workday
According to the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2021 report, the number of people working from home has tripled from 2019 to 2021. That means, more people are living a more sedentary day to day lifestyle which can be dangerous for one’s health.
It’s important to make an effort when working from home to get as much movement as one can in order to decrease the risk for obesity, disease, and depression.
Here are some suggestions for staying more active while working from home:
1. Drink lots of water. This will force you to get up to use the restroom! Maybe think about using the restroom in the house that is furthest from your work area.
2. When getting up to go to the restroom, perform the following movements:
*Countertop/desk shoulder/lumbar flexion
*Sit to stand repetitions
*When you walk through a doorway, stretch out your shoulder/upper back!
*Resisted scapular retractions
3. When you do walk to the restroom, get creative! Here are some different ways to get to the restroom:
*Walking Butt Kicks
4. At least 3-5 different times/day, walk up/down your stairs a couple of times.
There are no more excuses for not adding a little more movement during your workday from home! Once you get in a routine with it, it will get easier and you will be doing yourself and your health a BIG favor!
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