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Ways to stay active while working from home


April 24, 2020

Times are changing, and you might be noticing that you are working from home more than you are used to. While working from home can have its perks (no commute, easy to keep track of household chores, etc), it can also have significant drawbacks when it comes to staying active. Sitting for prolonged periods on a daily basis is linked to a number of different serious health issues, including heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. Sitting can also cause weaker muscles and back pain, which puts you at a greater risk of injuring yourself. So how can you stay active while working from home? Here are some tips from the physical therapy experts in WY at North Platte Physical Therapy:

Stand Up
Taking conference calls from home? If you spend a lot of your day sitting on conference calls with clients and co-workers, use this time to stand up. This is a great way to break the cycle of sitting for eight hours straight per day without impacting the amount of work you’re able to get done. Plus, standing helps you improve your posture and tone muscles that gradually become weaker during periods of excessive sitting.

Take a Break
Do you have a few moments of down time in between meetings or tasks? Now more than ever it’s important to take time to go on a nice walk or jog. Not only will taking a break most likely increase your productivity, it’s an easy way to stay active without needing to go anywhere. Enjoying time in the great outdoors will also help you to think and stay more productive.

Stay Active with Family
Just because you can’t see those outside of your household for a great workout session, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be taking advantage of group exercise! Spend time with your kids and significant other by encouraging group participation in online classes or even going on a neighborhood stroll. Not only will this help keep you active, it’ll encourage activity among your family members and is an easy way to spend time with the family.
 
Contact North Platte Physical Therapy to learn more about the effects of not being active on your body, and ways you can stay healthy. Our staff is praised throughout the Wyoming and Nebraska areas for our commitment to our clients. We can fulfill comprehensive physical therapy services, and would be happy to customize a treatment plan that can help you go to your job everyday without developing the dreaded sitting disease.