This article show you ways to be more active while working from home. The shown methods are unexpected, but easy to do. Hack #1 is really easy to do.

We all get it.

Being active while working from home is really important.

Like really, really important.

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"Most remote work is done while sitting at the computer or on the phone, which means employees can end up staying in one spot for a long period of time.

All this can lead to an unhealthy, sedentary lifestyle."

- Forbes

Thanks, Forbes.

If you run a Google Search on the topic you will notice, that nearly all articles point to the same direction of one of these three options

  1. Go outside
  2. Have a pet (easy, right?)
  3. Workout

If you haven't spent the last year under a stone you've probably heard them all.

"There must be more", you think rightfully.

Well, your prayers have been heard.

I am about to present you with 3 unobvious hacks you have not seen coming.

But first, lets keep this in mind

Working from home is not a reason to stop being active

Working from home is great.

You have the flexibility to take breaks when you need them and often have the freedom to work in your pyjamas.

However, it can be easy to get stuck in a rut and become lazy if you're not careful.

That's why it's crucial to get out of your working couch and act like a human being.

We've not evolved for thousands of years, just to sit in front of a screen all day.

"No, no, no. This is not what I intended!" - God

You and I are humans after all.

So, let's get straight to the point of how you can stay active while working from home?

Your 3 Unexpected Stay-Active-Hacks You Will Not Find on The Front-Page of Google

Let's dive straight in

Hack #1 Do breathing exercises

Breathing exercises are an easy way to increase mental and physical activity while working from home. They can improve your health, reduce stress and even help you sleep better.

There is one person who popularised a special type of breathing techniques, and his name is Wim Hof.

Who is this person?

Wim Hof is known as "The Iceman".

He has climbed Mount Everest in his shorts, swam under a sheet of ice in Finland and run a marathon in the Namibian desert without water. How does he do it?
His answer: through breathing exercises and meditation.
Wim's method is called the "Wim Hof Method" (didn't expect that, huh?).

Breathing exercises have been shown to improve physical and mental health by lowering blood pressure, increasing lung capacity and improving moods.

Now breathe deeeeeeep in....

Before we get to Hack #2

Aaaand out.

Let's go.

Hack #2 Play games

Video games can be one of the best forms of stress relief and a great way to unwind after a long day.

Playing computer games can help reduce anxiety symptoms, especially if you're playing in moderation.

Want to know more on how games can help remote teams?

I wrote a whole guide on this.

Hack #3 Take cold showers

Cold showers will help improve your circulation and this can make you feel more energised throughout the day.

The reason why cold showers improve your circulation is because they cause blood vessels in your skin to constrict, which reduces blood flow to the surface of your skin.

This causes a sudden rush of blood into the heart when you emerge from the shower and this improves your heart rate and makes you feel more alert and alive than before.

Further Resources

Wim Hof Says He Holds the Key to a Healthy Life - But Will Anyone Listen?
Wim Hof, a.k.a. โ€œThe Iceman,โ€ has world records and has become a global cultural phenomenon. But he wants to change the world
Why video games may be good for you
Games have been accused of making people violent, but growing evidence suggests they can have positive effects, and scientists are beginning to understand why.
Cold shower benefits
The potential health benefits of taking a cold shower include strengthening the immune system, feeling invigorated, and boosting mood. Learn more about the benefits of taking a cold shower here.

Concluding Thoughts

Let's face it, after a hard day of working remotely, you and I need something other than sitting on our couch.

It's so easy to get stuck in a rut at home, sometimes it's hard to just make yourself take a break.

That's why it's important for us to find ways to keep ourselves active, as sitting day in and day out can have serious health ramifications.

I hope that you found this piece helpful, and wish you the best of luck staying active from the comfort of your home.

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Credits

Wim Hof Breathing from Tenor
Caveman Computer from Cavemaninasuit
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