Working at home is truly a dream come true. A “traditional” 9 to 5 was never a good fit for me and with more and more people expressing their desire to work from home too, there’s an aspect that often gets overlooked — your health.
Working from home, you have the unique ability to significantly improve your health — or not. For the first seven months of working full time, I didn’t pay attention to my health. In fact, I would say I neglected it.
And I planned to continue down the route until an unexpected call from my doctor totally shocked me.
She said I have type 2 diabetes — and it was in the severe range. It explained the intense fatigue I had been feeling and my lack of energy.
If you’re in a similar boat — either with diabetes in your family history or you find yourself in the pre-diabetic range, here are three ways to reduce your risk for diabetes when you start working from home.
1. Set a timer and go for a 5 minute walk at the end of every hour.
I know: This doesn’t seem like a lot and if you only do it once, it’s not. But if you walk for 5 minutes at the end of every working hour, you’ve walked 40 minutes by the end of the day and that’s a little over 13 hours by the end of the month! The consistency matters!
2. Start the morning with movement.
Without fail, what seems to help me most is starting the day with movement. Whether it’s an at-home workout, a bootcamp at the gym, a walk, or dancing to music while cooking breakfast, starting the day with some kind of movement seems to increase my focus throughout the entire day while also giving me the motivation needed to take care of myself throughout the day.
3. Drink plenty of water.
These tips aren’t mind-blowing or new, but they are practical and proven.
If you want to start getting healthier but aren’t sure how, this is a great place to begin.
To your health,