3 Unexpected Stay-Active-Hacks You Will Not Find on The First Page of Google
We all get it.
Being active while working from home is really important.
Like really, really important.
All this can lead to an unhealthy, sedentary lifestyle."
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
- Go outside
- Have a pet (easy, right?)
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.
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
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.
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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