Working from home has its advantages, but if you are finding missing the commute means you are spending nearly all day indoors, chances are, your average number of daily steps will be drastically reduced, which can impact your health and wellbeing. Luckily, there are some easy ways to up your step count, even on work from home days.
Get out of your PJs
Even if you are going to be home all day, get dressed for the gym. If you stay in your dressing gown and slippers all day you will have no motivation to do any kind of physical activity once your work day ends.
Invest in a standing desk
Standing desks are a popular option and for good reason. Not only are they good for a user’s posture, but they encourage movement because the user is not in the sedentary position of a seated desk.
Set a timer
It is easy to get caught up in emails, only to realise you have been sitting all day. If you find you get to the end of the day and have barely left your desk, then set a timer. You can set the timer for every hour or so to remind you to stand up from your desk, stretch and walk around the backyard or do some low intensity exercises, such as some wall push-ups. It’s a good idea to set a timer to remind you to drink water often as well, if this is something you forget.
Use your lunch break
If you are using your lunch break to check your emails (or to watch Netflix), set a goal to use part of the break to up your step count. Go for a short walk around the block, walk around your backyard or use an exercise bike or treadmill for 15 minutes.
If you’re looking for a local Perth physio to help you with advice, consider us at Morley Physiotherapy. We serve all of Perth, but are located in Morley, providing physiotherapy to Inglewood, Maylands, Beechboro, Dianella, Noranda and other surrounding suburbs.
Disclaimer: Although compiled with great care, please note that the tips and advice given on this website are general in nature and by no means substitute specific medical advice and treatment. If you have or suspect a health problem, please give us a call or consult your medical professional.