Hey guys! I know that so many of us are still working and doing school for home or at least are doing a hybrid option, and maybe you’re doing completely online or homeschool. One thing I’ve found that’s tricky is staying active throughout the day when I’m doing school and working from home. It’s so easy to just sit all. day. long. and that just isn’t healthy or really that pleasant. Even if you’re crushing your workout every day, sometimes, it’s just not good to sit all day. Here are some tips to stay active & fit when doing school or working from home.
Why is it important to stay active & fit when you’re at home all day? Well, for one, it helps you stay sane (🤪) and actually be able to focus on your work/ school. And, I don’t know about you, but I sleep MUCH better if I work out and am active throughout the day. I also feel much better, don’t snack as much and just enjoy my life a little better.
Sooooo yeah, that’s why I’m giving you these tips, to feel better, to be more productive and to just live a better life! Who wouldn’t want that?
In no particular order, here are 10 tips to help you stay active throughout the day:
1 . Intentionally sit up straight for 10 minutes every hour. If you’re sitting at a desk for hours on end, it’s easy to start hunching over your desk, especially if things are challenging or get tense. Focus on sitting up straight for 10 minutes every hour – or if you want to do it more/less often, set a timer. Posture is soooo important for your overall health and it’s definitely something I need to work on too! 😉
2. Run stairs. Can’t get outside for a walk/run or want to do something inside? Run stairs. We have three sets of stairs in our house and running them all up and down 10 times or so is a GREAT workout! You can also take the steps (run or walk) over the elevator and if you’re living in an apartment or a dorm, running stairs will become your new favorite way to get cardio. Just run from the top floor to the bottom a couple times and you’re set.
3. Sit on a ball. (the right way) As a mentioned, posture is literally sooo important and sitting up straight on an exercise or yoga ball is a great way to get that. I say “the right way” because sitting on a ball is supposed to help you sit up straight, so crossing your legs or hunching basically makes the ball pointless, let’s just say I’m kind of infamously famous for doing that… 😛
4. Walk around during classes or on work calls. If you’re not on video the whole time and can get good wifi, don’t be afraid to walk around during your classes or work calls. Even if you can’t do it the entire time, a little exercise is much better than none. I also find that this helps me clear my head a little bit and not get distracted by incoming emails or other notifications.
5. Set a timer. Set a timer for every hour, 45 minutes or even 20 minutes and at that time, take a quick break and do some light exercises or stretch. This is also a good moment to refocus and clear your head a little, especially if you’ve had an overwhelming day.
6. Find exercises you can do at your desk. This kind of relates to the last point a little bit, but if you can, find some stretches and other exercises you can do at your desk. I’m sure that there are a ton of desk exercise routines floating around social media and on the internet, especially with so many people working and schooling from home right now.
7. Focus on creating healthy habits. Rather than setting a goal of losing weight or being able to lift a certain amount, focus on creating healthy habits of exercise and eating well that will last you a lifetime. Often with fad diets or exercise plans, you loose the weight or achieve the goal, but it’s not something you can do for life. However, creating the healthy habits of eating well and exercise will last you a lifetime, even if exercise and health look different to you 10 or 20 years from now.
8. Multitask – the right way. I get it, life can be crazy and it can be hard to find time to workout and get exercise, but you know what, I bet some of your friends feel the same way. Instead of catching up by sitting and talking over FaceTime or by hanging out in your basement, get up and active. Take a walk together over FaceTime, walk around your downtown together, go running at a local park. Multitask by getting your workout in, but also spending some quality fun time with a friend!
9. Try a standing desk. Okay, I haven’t personally tried one of these and I don’t know that it would work for me, but I do think that it could be a good idea. (confused yet??) I think that a standing desk would improve your posture and help you be more active… who knows… maybe I will have to try one someday.
10. Wear clothes that you feel comfortable exercising in. I’m not saying that you have to wear your sweaty workout clothes all day, but wearing more comfortable “athleisure” type clothing allows you to be more active throughout the day aside from your set “workout” time. My everyday clothes typically consist of basic tees and shorts or leggings in the summer and long sleeve shirts, sweatshirts or tees and leggings, jeans or sweatpants. If I want, I can workout in (most of) these clothes and if I want the outfit to look a little nicer, I can add a necklace, hairstyle, etc.
Alright guys! That’s it for this post, I hope you enjoyed and make sure to comment below any tips you have for staying active & fit while working/ schooling from home. Also, if you have any post ideas for me, I’d love to hear them! 😁
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11 thoughts on “How To Stay Active & Fit When Doing School / Work At Home”
Excellent post, Hannah!
One of my jobs has me up and about and pretty physically active, but starting to work from home as an author (i.e. staring at a computer screen for hours) has been a learning curve. 🙂 I think my favorite tips that you shared were about sitting up straight while at the computer, breaking up work with some exercises, and multitasking.
Thanks so much Hannah! I completely forgot about running up and down stairs!😃
this was so helpful! i’m a dancer (i only go once a week because of covid 🙄 but i usually go three times a week) so being active 24/7 is super important!! thank youuuuuuuuuuu so much you the tips!!!
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Oooo love these tips! I’m a big workout enthusiast, but doing schoolwork makes it so hard to be active at the same time. Thanks for these tips, I loved them! 😊
These are some great tips! I know I definitely need to be a bit more active (it comes with the territory of being an online homeschool student :D), so I am going to try these. I have a pair of wireless, Bluetooth over headphones, so maybe I will walk around during my class connects at times (especially on Mondays; I have classes back-to-back for three hours). I recently discovered a Google Chrome extension that reminds you to take breaks, so I can also use those times to stretch at the least. 🙂
Such great tips, Hannah! When I read no. 1, I immediately sit up straight to maintain my posture.
I’ll be saving this to look back at it again when my school starts! 🙂
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Awesome tips!! I actually just got done with a workout. 😜
Great ideas! I’ll have to use these!
I LOVE these tips! I’m really good at just sitting at my desk all day, so this was a great reminder to try to change that! XD I really enjoyed this post! 🙂
-Laura ❤ 🙂
These are awesome tips, Hannah! Thank you so much for sharing! How I am going to try to be able to still get my workouts in during the school year is working out with a family member of a friend. And trying to set a time in my schedule to do it. 😀 Being intentional, I guess.
Great post, girlie!
Awesome post Hannah, I need to start incorporating these tips into my day to day life, especially making it intentional to get up every 10 minutes after 1 hour and creating a healthy habit of working from home.