Over the last few years, many people have shifted over to a work-from-home lifestyle. There are many benefits that come with remote work, such as avoiding commutes and saving money, but it can still be tiresome. One way you can manage the burden of remote work and mitigate potential burnout is through exercise. A study on physical activity led by the University of Verona found that exercise is an effective way in reducing stress and anxiety. Although it’s easy to say that exercise is good for a healthier
lifestyle, it can be difficult to get started. If you want to efficiently do workouts at home, here are some tips to get you started:
Get the right equipment
Before you can even get started on working out at home, you need to prepare your exercise space. Our post on “How to Reach Your Fitness Goals” shares how investing in the right tools can help you achieve your goals, without breaking the bank. Versatile equipment such as the exercise mat, kettlebell, and exercise bands are great options for enhancing and expanding your routines. Having additional materials to use also has the benefit of creating a mini ‘gym’ in your own home, motivating you to form the mindset needed for exercise.
Be ready to manage injuries
Sometimes when you work out at home, you may accidentally overstrain yourself if you’re not careful. According to Maryville University’s write-up on first aid, having a first aid kit will be essential so you can quickly tend to an injury — whether caused by athletic activity or other emergencies. Common injuries that may happen during exercise include asthma, heat stroke, or external bleeding, so it’s important to make sure your first aid kit is nearby in case of any accidents. Prevention is also better than cure, so prevent yourself from stressing out more by ensuring your exercise area is clear of any unnecessary objects. Be sure to stay properly hydrated and rested between workouts.
Eliminate any distractions
At home, there are many things that can keep you from working out, such as your phone, family members, pets, and television, to name a few. Take some time to eliminate these distractions by putting your phone on silent mode, and plan to do your workouts in a separate room or quiet space, if possible. You can also designate a specific time in the day, even as little as 20 minutes, to dedicate yourself to working out. This can help you build a ritual, and turn exercise a relaxing way to disconnect from stressors.
Check out what other people are doing
If you want to spice up your exercise routine, read up on guides and watch videos to learn what else you can do. You get to pick up more routines that could be suited for you, or improve your form for safe and effective exercise. Enrolling in online exercise classes can also help you continue good workout habits and relieve stress. As reported by NBC News on workout habits , knowing that many other people are exercising alongside you can have a huge psychological impact on motivating you to exercise. You may even consider consulting with a professional trainer, who can help you set achievable goals and guide you through the process of getting fit. One of the healthiest ways you can eliminate stress while working-from-home is through exercise. Preparing yourself for each workout session is important, so make sure to start well by setting up your environment and preparing safety nets. This way, you can easily motivate yourself to exercise and efficiently reduce your stress.
Written by Alyson Zia Chilton
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