Working remotely was usually the domain of freelancers and small businesses. The last few years have changed how people work, and there are more people working from home than ever. 

While many of us can cope with the hustle and bustle of commuting, it offered the opportunity – however brief – to be active for at least 30 minutes per day. 

The big switch to working from home meant many people started to enjoy skipping the commute and skipping going outside altogether. Even this far into remote working, there are things you can do to make sure that you are being as healthy as possible. 

Move

If you have a movement tracking device like a watch or mobile phone, it can be a good idea to see the big decline in your movement. It can offer enough of a shock to have you pacing the house to get your steps up – or heading for a walk every day. 

Depending on the type of work you do, you might also choose to switch out your office chair for a standing desk, or a treadmill desk. 

Boundaries

When you work remotely, many people make the assumption that you then become available 24/7. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case. It is important that you put boundaries in place to protect your time and energy. So that co-workers and bosses don’t assume you are accessible at 5am or at the weekend. 

Boundaries are an essential part of being healthy at work. 

Hydrate

Sitting for hours at a computer drinking coffee, then going to your evening meal, and then TV or similar might mean you are skipping out on drinking enough water. Grab a water bottle with markers on it, and make it a personal goal to drink enough water every day. 

If you aren’t feeling your best right now, you aren’t alone, check out these figures: 


Infographic about covid weight gain

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