For many of us working from home, we spend a lot of time sitting. Whether you’re a writer, a web designer, or a crafter, you spend a lot of time sitting in a chair and your health is the last thing on your mind. It’s time to follow a few WAHM health tips to put yourself first.
When you think about remaining fit and active, you’ll be happier as well as healthier. You also set a great example for your children.
It’s not easy, though. That is something I 100% agree with. I spend far too much time sitting. In fact, it’s because of the dogs that I get out a lot because they need walking—I have two huskies! But before the dogs, I had to make an effort to manage my health. That’s when I came up with these five WAHM health tips to remain fit and active.
Do a desk workout
Let’s start with something you can do on a daily basis. A desk workout is simple. Everything you do is from your actual desk. There’s no need to get up and use too much energy. You don’t have to think about clearing some space in the living room while your children play.
There are many desk workouts that you can do. Most of them are bodyweight exercises, which have their own benefits. Bodyweight exercises will get harder the more you do them because as you get fitter you have more muscle to work.
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Walk on your lunch break
You take a lunch break, right? It’s good for your WAHM health if you do. I spend the time away from the desk and, right now, with my children. It’s a little harder right now because I have two kids at home when they’re supposed to be in school (thanks health pandemic!).
But even with the kids, it’s possible to take a walk on the lunch break. I don’t go as far or as fast as I would without them, but it’s a chance to get some fresh air, stretch the legs, and get out of the house. This is also when the dogs take a longer walk during the cooler months. In the summer, I wait until later in the evening.
Get your kids involved
It’s important that kids see their parents doing good things for their health, so it’s worth getting them involved in the home workout. My elder daughter likes to do yoga with me. The younger one tries but she prefers to dance, so we have dance parties. My elder daughter also has things to do from health class, so I do them with her.
As a WAHM, you may feel guilty about not spending enough time with your children. This offers you a win-win situation. You’re putting your health first and you’re spending time with the kids. They’ll love it!
Upgrade your desk
If you’re not interested in the desk workouts, you could upgrade your desk instead. This is going to be a more expensive option to put your WAHM health first, so it’s going to depend on your budget.
What type of desk? Aren’t they all the same? You want to look at getting a standing desk—or one where you can switch from sitting to standing.
Standing desks mean that you’re on your feet more. You use different muscles throughout the day and you are less likely to suffer from bad posture. If you’re not going to get a standing desk, could you change where you work? I sometimes take my Surface Pro to the kitchen and work at the countertops. They’re high enough to be like a standing desk for me.
Squats while waiting
When you’re waiting for the kettle to boil or for a webpage to load up, why not get on with some squats? You’ll be amazed by how easy it is for your thigh muscles to lose strength. Squats are also great for toning the core as you have to think about pulling all that in while you’re doing the squats. Plus, they’re among the easiest of bodyweight exercises to do absolutely anywhere in the home.
When I’m waiting for the kettle to boil, I’ll do 10-20 squats. During the winter, I’m at the kettle at least five times a day. No word of a lie. That’s 50-100 squats a day if I do the squat at every break (I don’t do them at every single break and usually stop at 50 per day).
You could swap for countertop press-ups instead. It’s easier than getting all the way to the floor and helps to build the arm muscles instead. This is something I do now and then but not as often as I should.
Put yourself first. You need to look after your health. Nobody else can do it for you.