5 Ways To Lose Weight While Working From Home

women-work-at-homeIt doesn’t really matter what kind of work you do, if you work from home you’re at high risk for packing on the pounds. This is primarily because most women who work from home do far too much of the working and forget to take regular breaks or even take an exercise break every now and then. While most women fantasize about being able to sit in their pajamas all day at their desk while sipping coffee, working from home can be just as stressful if not more so than commuting every day to an office. If you are juggling the running of a house and childcare while you are also attempting to work, you are at even higher risk for gaining some serious weight. There are, however, five easy and simple things you can do which will help you maintain your healthy weight as much as possible.

lose-weight-while-working-at-homeI work as a freelance writer from my home and let me tell you, it’s not as glamorous as you might be led to believe. I find it enormously challenging to get an exercise routine in during the course of my day. This is because there are always a hundred other things calling for my attention. The long hours spent in front of the computer screen tend to blend into each other and before I know it, a whole week has gone by without a single leg-lift being done. But these are the cardinal rules I try to live by.

  1. Take regular exercise breaks

    • When working from home it’s a very good idea to take even a short exercise break at the very least every few hours. If it’s a nice day, get up and take a short walk around the block. Doesn’t have to be a long time, fifteen minutes will be just enough time. Doing this will give you enough of a break to allow you to clear your head and also have some nice physical exercise. When the weather is gloomy or rainy, just some simple floor exercises like some pushups, lunges or planks will do the trick. Again, it doesn’t need to be a full, thirty minute workout. Just fifteen minutes will be just enough.
  2. Buy a fitness ball and use it as your chair

    • exercise-ball-as-chairDitch your office chair and buy a fitness ball to sit on instead. I know this idea sounds weird indeed, but this is a very painless and easy way to get some exercise in all day while you’re working. It will help you tone your leg muscles and help you improve your balance. At the beginning you will probably find it difficult to keep your balance while sitting on the ball, but it is something you get used to pretty quickly. This is a great way to strengthen your core muscles without even thinking about it. and you won’t feel like you’re “working out” at all!
  3. Do some fidgeting

    • When you were a kid if your teachers were always correcting you and telling you to stop fidgeting, it must have been because she had no idea how many calories a person could burn by doing it. Yes, it can be annoying to other people especially if they have to watch you do it. Just tapping your feet or wiggling in your chair will help you burn calories.
  4. Turn down your thermostat

    • Just turning your thermostat down one or two degrees will tell your body that it’s time to make some  heat. In order to do that, it has to burn calories. While turning the thermostat down doesn’t feel like a lot of fun, if your body is a bit cooler, it will have to work harder to keep you warm and this will mean burning calories. It will also help you keep some cash in your checking account
  5. Snack

    • You’ll probably think that this tip is counterproductive. It certainly will feel counterintuitive. But snacking will actually help you burn more calories over the course of the day because your body uses up more energy to metabolize smaller meals every few hours. You’ll have to remember, though, that this does not mean going hog-wild on that bag of Oreos which has been in your kitchen cupboard for the last ten days. No, this means eating healthy snacks like nuts and cut up veggies with some dip. Because this type of snack is so low in calories it can actually speed up your metabolism which will help you burn more calories.

Even working from home doesn’t mean you can’t stay in shape and look great. Just remember to keep your overall caloric intake at a reasonable amount during the day and get some regular exercise and you’ll be just fine. You won’t wake up just in time for your next vacation only to realize that you’ve gained fifteen or twenty pounds.

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