The Solution To Staying Fit When You Work From Home
Let’s be honest. Staying fit is important for EVERYONE. And the list of reasons WHY this is so don’t really vary a whole lot do they? Maybe a little bit on a person to person basis – for example you couldn’t really say to a single person that it is important to stay fit so that they will be around for all of their childrens’ gradutations! But beyond very specific examples like this one, the reasons and the importance of staying fit are pretty much a constant.
Working from home however presents a different set of challenges than does the traditional nine-to-five grind in terms of staying healthy and fit. In some ways you could argue that working from home – or for yourself in general – makes it far easier to adopt healthy habits. And in some ways that’s absolutely true. After all it’s a whole heck of a lot easier to eat healthy food when all you need to do is walk over to your own refrigerator and get it. The excuses of forgetting one’s lunch or only having unhealthy options available in the work space fly out the window.
The Unique Challenge of Staying Fit When You’re A Work-From-Home Person
The challenge is the ease in which one can, and often does, fall into complacency when it comes to marinating for too long in one’s own home quarters! In other words, when you are on a roll with your current work project (especially if it’s one that you’re passionate about) you may soon tend to become aware of just how comfortable that couch, or even the kitchen table workspace for that matter, can be! After all, you likely have no coworkers to get up and chat with or go for a walk with at lunch time; you don’t (often) have any in-person clients to impress; and, unfortunately for most people, without external motivational factors it can be easy for negative momentum to take hold.
My Personal Solution For You
Being a work-from-home dad since the day my daughter was born, I know a little something about this topic. That coupled with the fact that I have been “into fitness” since I was 9 years old I believe I have a solution to the staying-fit-while-working-at-home problem. Get ready for it though because I can promise you that it is NOT a quick fix and the responsibility for it rests solely in YOUR OWN lap (a bitter pill for many).
The Work-From-Home Fitness Solution Lies In Contrast AND Momentum
In this case the word “contrast” does not mean what it means in the Abraham-Hicks community. In this case, “contrast” means contrast. It means noticing the difference, CAREFULLY noticing the difference, between two or more things.
What are we contrasting here, Marc?
We are contrasting what it FEEEEELS like to start your day with an absolutely crappy routine (like that of the masses). You know, one that consists of things like rolling over and checking your social media and email accounts as soon as you open your eyes. Things like pounding a pot of coffee as your first source of sustenance. In other words….things that most of your friends do so that they can fuel their daily facebook complaints.
Jim Kwik on electronics in the am
What are we contrasting that with you ask?
Well, in a word…the opposite!
Now, I am NOT going to spell out for you my personal morning routine for a few reasons. The first reason is because I change mine up so often that my routine can’t even truly even be called a routine – though it IS conscious. The other reason being that there is absolutely ZERO shortage of resources out there for people searching for positive morning routines! They are all over YouTube.
There are examples by well known personalities such as Brian Rose of London Real, Jim Kwik (memory expert), Tom Bilyeu of Quest nutrition and many many more. You might even check out The Miracle Morning Routine book by Hal Elrod – not to mention all the non-famous people all over YouTube and Google talking about this exact topic.
Push Through It
However you choose to put together your own healthy morning routine, be sure of two things.
First: Be sure that FITNESS is an integral part of it – that was the point of this article wasn’t it!? Be sure work to your own current level and ability.
Second: Push through it for at least two weeks. I say “push through it” because if this is something you’re not used to, then your body may offer you a bit of resistance. Push through it. Push through it. Push through it.
After 2 weeks, I want you to do your BEST to recall how you used to feel before you began your routine. I want you to recall you level of productivity; your level of energy; your overall mood. Do it on a detail by detail basis if you can. Go so far as to write it down if you must. Or, maybe you speak it into a recorder or to a video capture program.
Now, of course there are no guarantees – but to say the least I think you will strongly lean in the direction of keeping your newly adapted routine! And, if that IS THE CASE then we have found the solution to your problem now haven’t we?
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Marc is a Dad, a Web Designer, a Creator of Branding and an occasional blogger . (and probably in that order!) with some affiliate marketing thrown in for good measure.
He owns Thirsty Fish Graphic Design, A one-man web design biz., based in Corning, NY which is in the heart of the Finger Lakes Region of Upstate NY.
He enjoys physical fitness and healthy eating to an annoying degree, playing guitar, playing piano, sketching and most of all hanging with his daughter doing just about anything!