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10 Ways to Stay Healthy When Working from Home

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  • Good suggestions; thank you! - 3/30/2013 6:44:15 AM
  • 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. - 3/28/2013 8:06:00 AM
  • Very good advise. I recently bought a yoga ball but haven't had the flexibility to join the local YMCA yoga classes to use it. The ball was just taking up space.

    I immediately replaced my chair with the ball before I finished reading the article. I'm feeling something different with my large bottom torso muscles in just 15 minutes as a roll around.

    Thanks - 3/27/2013 1:55:49 PM
  • 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. - 3/27/2013 10:34:35 AM
  • 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. - 3/27/2013 10:32:50 AM
  • 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. - 3/27/2013 8:53:58 AM
  • 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. - 2/12/2013 3:09:14 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. - 2/4/2013 6:02:20 PM
  • 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. - 1/3/2013 4:55:41 AM
  • 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?? - 12/7/2012 8:20:35 AM
  • Oh, I needed to read this SO bad. I work from home, long hours, and have all the problems mentioned in this article. THANK YOU! - 12/7/2012 2:40:24 AM
    Where was this article when I was working from home for a year and a half?! I'm glad I found it, though, because I still work from home one day per week and my routine and health go out the window on this day.

    Thank you, Sparkpeople! - 11/9/2012 6:28:25 AM
  • I work from home on some days, other days I am in the field (which changes day to day), this is new to me as of Aug. I find myself not feeling I put enough hours in, eat at computer, and making other not so good decisions. I really do need to figure out my routine that can include morning exercise and well plan eating. Hope I can make these changes. - 10/24/2012 4:02:33 PM
  • I am proof that working at home is not always as cut and dry (simple) as one might like it to be. As a homeschooler of two boys and business partner to my husband I have found myself out of balance on occassion. So what I've learned to do is take a moment (or a day if I think I need it) and stop everything to regroup. I know that if I do to much I won't be able to do anything at all and I don't want to get to that point (been there and back already).

    The keys for me have been making lists, setting priorities, being flexible and knowing when to wipe the slate clean and start fresh. I used to carry a lot of guilt about not getting done everything I thought need to get done in one day, but I realized a while back that it's only necessary to get something accomplished and keep moving forward. Recognizing my own limitations has helped me to set better boundaries (like not buying a box of brownies to keep at home but buying one brownie while I'm out and enjoying it.) I call it being kind to myself so I can be kind to everyone else.

    Reality is, nothings perfect but everything can be good if you have a positive perspective to keep you moving forward. It all starts at home. - 10/20/2012 1:10:01 PM
  • I'm lucky enough to work from a home office in Florida. (Yeah, right?) From the start I knew I had to set up a routine. I was just grateful that it didn't have to include an hour's commute each way, like before! So, I'm up at 6:30, make coffee, empty dishwasher, and hit the road for a 2.5-mile walk before breakfast. Then breakfast and Sparking, shower at 8:30, and hit the computer at 9. I take lunch by the pool when it's nice out, then quit around 6 or so for ST and another walk before dinner. Works for me! - 10/16/2012 8:00:31 AM

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