As much as we don’t like being at work – our bodies LOVE the routine : lunch at the same time every day, getting up at the same time every day, having dinner at the same time every day etc – you get the idea.
Yet, many of my clients actually work from home so they don’t have this same structured routine built in for them. This can lead to not only being less productive but also piling on the pounds as you raid the fridge through procrastination, become less active and skip meals.
Working a lot from home myself, I know only too well the pitfalls. So here are some easy to follow tips and tricks.
- Stock up on healthy (satisfying) snacks
This will stop you from automatically going for that sugary fix. The best snacks are things like nuts and and vegetables as there offer tonnes of nutrients with virtually no sugar which means your energy levels will be kept up for a longer period of time.
2. Place visual ‘cues’ around your house to entice you into some exercise during those times of procrastination. Easy things are a step (to do step ups), an exercise bike or my personal favourite – the humble mat. I am also investing in an activity smart watch – review will be available in the next couple of weeks.
3. Hide the Cookie Jar : Well not literally because you can’t really hide food from yourself and why should you? But, just to make eating a little more mindful why not put all the ‘treats’ into 1 tin and put them on top of your kitchen cupboard. Making it a little more difficult to access will trigger you to be more mindful in your choices.
4. Get a water bottle. Most people are able to tell me how much they drink when they are at work but not at home – because they aren’t keeping track. When you make a cup of tea how often do you actually finish it? Instead- invest in a 1.5L water bottle – aim to finish it by the end of the day and then anything else is a bonus. Being well hydrated will lead to increased concentration, less toilet breaks (yes really) and reduced cravings.
5. Write a schedule around what works for you. This may not be a 9-5 routine. For example, personally I work best from around 7am and then flag just after lunch. So I use this time to go for walk or do a work out and come back with a clear head.
I hope this helps a little!!!
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