Balancing fitness and at-home work can sometimes be a challenge, especially when there are distractions around and everyday routines are disrupted. Spending more time at home doesn’t mean that your fitness routine has to be put on hold. Modifications can be made with both your fitness routine and your at-home work schedule to keep both balanced and working well so that you can achieve success with your personal fitness goals and your career goals. Here are 5 tips to help you balance fitness and at-home work:
1. Be realistic with your goals. If you have a demanding job that requires many hours in front of a computer or on the phone, training for something really big like a marathon or middle-distance triathlon may be extremely challenging. That doesn’t mean that it can’t be done, but it will take extra effort, commitment, and dedication that many individuals struggle with when their work schedule is hectic and demanding. You can modify that goal into a smaller goal that still paves the way to your bigger goal. Maybe a half-marathon is something more manageable with a busy and growing career. An athlete fitness specialist or sport specific coach can help you break down big fitness goals into smaller ones that are more manageable while still working toward your bigger fitness goals.
2. Choose workouts that you can do with what you have access to. Not having proper equipment can be frustrating and time consuming when trying to complete an exercise plan from home. Stick with workouts that you can do properly and effective with what you have. If you have a balance exercise ball, you can create a challenging functional fitness workout that concentrates on core strength and stability.
3. If you have no access to equipment, use body weight exercises to improve fitness. Exercises that use your own bodyweight as resistance can be very effective in toning, conditioning, burning calories, and improving strength and fitness. Exercises such as squats, lunges, and plyometric movements can be used to strength train at home without any equipment needed.
4. Schedule your workout time like you would a meeting. Treating your workout time like you would a meeting can help you with accountability and can help make sure that other matters such as conference calls or meetings do not get scheduled on top of it that might cause you to miss your workout.
5. Subscribe to fitness blogs or webpages that are dedicated to at-home workouts. These sites will be valuable resources to getting in your workout while balancing your career. They will also post workouts that you can do to prevent boredom and to stay challenged. Motivational focused inspiration is commonly found on those sites as well to help prevent burnout when life becomes busy.
Creating and achieving personal fitness goals while working from home can sometimes be taxing when you are trying to juggle a career, family, and fitness. Set realistic goals and focus on what you can do so that your workouts can also help alleviate stress, not create stress. Connect with others and focus on meeting smaller goals that help you get to your bigger goals.
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