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Staying fit while working from home

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If you already work from home, you might be well-used to the routine. If you have been encouraged to work from home because of the Covid-19 worries, it might take a little getting used to.

Either way, it is important to keep yourself as fit as possible while continuing to work from home.

Inspiration

During the 1980s, it seemed you could hardly move during daytime TV for keep-fit programmes. In a sign of today’s times, some of them are being resurrected – the BBC specifically mentions those made by the Green Goddess Diana Moran.

These days, of course, it is not only your TV that broadcasts encouraging or inspirational exercise programmes and videos. Online streaming networks, such as YouTube, also play their part. Women’s Health magazine on the 8th of November 2019, highlighted 41 YouTube workouts that you can access for free.

The NHS emphasises that all the exercise you might want can come for free – provided you have just a little bit of self-discipline. The website offers free information, free podcasts – and even your free personal trainer through their two weekly strength and flex exercise sessions and how-to videos.

The practice

You’ve tuned into the TV programmes, watched the YouTube videos and listened to the NHS podcasts – it’s time to turn inspiration into practice.

The good news is that you don’t have to turn your home into a fully-equipped gym to get the full benefit of exercising every day. Many items are very cheap – those you probably remember from childhood, such as skipping ropes and hula hoops for example.

Indeed, a broadcast by Heart radio asks who needs a gym if you’ve got a table and a tin of beans – or bags of flour or sugar – at home. These everyday household items make the perfect small weights for resistance training and to add that something extra to squats you can do sitting and standing up from a simple kitchen chair.

Affordable items that it might be worth investing in are a yoga mat, some elastic resistance bands (and maybe a dumbbell or two), a foam roller, and a fitness ball.

A chair or the sofa in the lounge can be turned into your own fitness centre for all manner of exercises – including crunches, triceps dips, squats and body work exercises.

Now that most schools have closed, you might also have young children at home with you – and exercise is an excellent way of involving them in your daily routines and pass the time positively and constructively. Get them involved. Keep them – and yourself – moving, and you might be surprised by what a great night’s sleep you all manage to get.

A breath of fresh air

Sport England reminds us that it is still possible to take your exercise outdoors (as at the time of writing) – provided you avoid crowded parks and public spaces and maintain a two-metre distance between yourself and the next person.

Provided you are not self-isolating, are under 70 and have no underlying conditions, therefore, you might still want to go for a walk in the fresh air – but it is probably best to stay reasonably close to home and not stray into locations where it proves impossible to abide by current government guidelines on social distancing.

This data is correct as at the time of writing.

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