Working from home is a common practice nowadays. It has promoted a better work-life balance, improved productivity with work tasks, and even increased job satisfaction.
But working remotely has some unique challenges – reduced physical activity being amongst them. Employees working from home may start to move less. Low levels of physical activity can have significant health consequences. A routine exercise program can therefore have wide spread benefits.
Keep reading to learn about the importance of exercise when working from home.
Exercising When Working From Home Is Important
Exercise is a priority for everyone, but particularly when working from home. Here are the top reasons that exercise is important for both the body and mind when working from home:
Exercising at some point in the day can give workers more energy to complete work tasks. Fatigue is more than just being tired, but can affect focus, motivation, and concentration. Exercise is a natural remedy and can help improve productivity.
- Mental Health
Work-life balance matters. Flexible working arrangements can help workers incorporate exercise when it suits them. This can improve happiness and contribute to job satisfaction. It’s important for everyone to take a break, and exercise can be a positive addition to a daily routine.
- Breaks Up The Day
When much of the day is spent sitting at a computer or in remote meetings, it can feel like time drags on and on. Exercise can bring an opportunity to restore balance and regain control of the day.
There’s comfort in being at home, amongst familiar things, and wearing whatever feels most comfortable. In this way, it can be easier to be motivated to change up the schedule with a simple 30 or 60 minute workout, whether with a walk or a supervised physiotherapy by Evoker class.
- Better sleep
Working from home can be demanding, from the technology changes to altered working patterns, which can leave employees feeling overwhelmed and thinking about work even when the work day has ended. Exercise can help shift this and improve sleep quality.
- Overall Health
The Australian Government has standard activity guidelines. Adults aged 18-64 should be active on most days of the week, with a 2.5-5 hour weekly total of moderate activity. This is essential for good physical health and wellbeing. Exercising at home is vital to meet these standards for overall health.
Considerations For Exercising At Home
Whilst it is important to incorporate exercise into a daily routine, there are some important things to consider when exercising:
- Choose activities that are enjoyable!
- Start easy, and build up over time
- Incorporate a warm-up and cool-down before and after exercising (respectively)
- Consult an Evoker physiotherapist to get a tailored exercise program, particularly if there is any history of injuries or other concerns
Find The Time
Having trouble finding the time to work out each day? Physiotherapy by Evoker helps people reach their daily exercise goals. Reach out to us today!
Always consult a health professional before starting any type of exercise program.