I homeschool my kids and work part time at home. It is true that you can wind up working all day or not nearly enough, because no one is watching you and keeping tabs on you. I wear workout clothes all day, and unfortunately, they are also just more comfortable, so it's hard to do my work. I like the idea of a timer to make me get up a lot. Thanks.
I disagree with "Wear Workout Clothes." Working from home yoga pants become my worst enemy. When I had to go to an office I had to wear clothes that had to fit properly every day. You notice every pound that way. Yoga clothes are extremely forgiving. Wear real clothes every day.
5/26/2013 10:40:01 AM
Great advice. I've lost more than 10 pounds since becoming a fulltime telecommuter. I mainly eat a lot healthier and stand up a lot more. I also have free weights and use those sometime during conference calls when I just have to listen.
I have worked from home for 7 years. Last year I got my boss to get me an ergo desktop (http://www.ergodesktop.com/content/kangar oo-junior). I now stand at least 60% of the time most days more like 80%. You can pains in your legs from standing in one spot too long. It's also hard to "dance" while typing! ; )
I use Google Chrome and it has a timer app that I set for 30 minutes. When it goes off I get up and do something. Some stretches or a load of laundry or fetch with the dog. I have some back problems and this timer helps me to keep moving so the back does not freeze up.
P.S. Although I do agree that "less comfortable chair" should not translate into "ergonomically bad chair." You need a chair that fits your body size and that will allow you to maintain good posture and form at your desk.
I have worked from home for ten years, and I completely agree with this advice. I've also found that it is far easier for me to keep my weight down and get my exercise in that it is for my friends and family who work in the office. As long as I use my will power and don't snack on the wrong things, I'm in a much better situation to weigh my food, make healthy lunches (and not get stuck in the boring salad rut), and get in some exercise time. It also means I'm not tempted to go out for lunch, snacks, or drinks after work like I did when working in an office.
I agree with most of your hints, BUT I find if I prepare the right quantity of food and work at my desk while eating it, I am far less likely to get up and go downstairs for second helpings than if I went to the kitchen or dining room or deck to eat. When I am thinking about the food, if it tastes good, I want more. And even when I discipline myself to waiting at least 20 minutes before getting seconds, I find that during that time, my interest in eating more just increases. No sense of being too full interferes with that~ If I am working, it is just fuel and not worth the effort to go for more.
I kinda work at home. I help out at a real estate office which is right below my apartment. I come and go as I please from office to apartment. I find this very helpful for my health... at my old job, I had to make sure I packed a lunch (which I rarely did) or I'd have to eat in the cafeteria... didn't have the healthiest food options. Now I can just go upstairs, make breakfast, and eat it at a comfortable pace, go back to work, go upstairs to make lunch, go back to work... I love it! I don't keep anything in my fridge that will tempt me to pig out. I also use a yoga ball at my desk, it constantly keeps me moving. I usually work out on the treadmill after work, or head out early to the gym. I find working at home so so so much better for my health! I'm down 50 pounds since I started working at home 9 months ago.
2/4/2013 6:02:20 PM
I'm surprised to find that I already do a few of these, while others are great tips! I really needed these reminders, as I'm new to working from home and running my own business. I especially like the standing and working idea....very Hemingway! It is a gift to work from home that comes with some unexpected challenges and it's time for me to get more health conscious in my routine.
1/3/2013 4:55:41 AM
Please don't choose a "less comfortable" chair. A good chair is comfortable because it gives you the right kind of support. You should have a chair that feels good when you sit against the back (which you should be doing in a proper chair). I wasted years buying cheap stenographer chairs for my work at a typewriter and then at a computer. Finally I spent a few hundred dollars on a really good chair designed for people who work at the computer for long hours - a SwingSeat. Quickly made a huge difference in how all parts of my body felt - back, legs, feet, etc. it lets me easily move in all directions, including reaching down toward the floor and moving my legs while I work. Don't skimp on your input devices (keyboard, mouse/trackball) and don't skimp on your chair! Do set up to be able to do some tasks standing up or walking in place (I have a second keyboard and trackball for this, walk in place keeps me focused better during long proofreading sessions and also while reading). You also can walk in place while sitting down. But get a chair that makes it easy for you to work without destroying your body... Google the SwingSeat or look on YouTube to find videos of how a good computer chair actually works and you will see how it will make it much easier to incorporate movement in your day than a "less comfortable" chair.
not quite as easy when you have kids and a lot going on outside of work... but still time, even in winter, to cook healthy pots of soup, use the treadmill, swing weights around. so how come, with all that, I can't lose weight??
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