There are many benefits to a remote job, from being able to wear comfortable clothes and sleeping in because you have no morning commute, to setting your own work schedule and spending more time with your family. However, remote work also comes with a few challenges, such as maintaining productivity throughout the day, upholding your schedule, and of course, staying active despite sitting at a desk all day. 

Working from home makes it so easy to simply stay in and forget to move throughout the day, especially when all you have to do to end the workday is walk over to the couch seconds after turning off your computer to watch your favorite movie. If you don’t make the conscious effort to find ways to stay active, your health will suffer. Here are four tips to help you stay active with a remote job and enjoy doing it.

Create a Schedule and Stick to It

The first step to a more active lifestyle is to schedule some time to add physical activity into your daily routine. Because your schedule is largely up to you while working from home, take the time to reevaluate your priorities, most productive times of the day, and sleep schedule. Your schedule should foster the lifestyle you want to create, so play around with your choices until you settle on something that works. 

For example, if you’re an early bird, consider adding a workout to your morning routine. If you’re more of a night owl, try exercising as soon as you are done with work. Eventually, you’ll be able to decipher what you like best. Then, once you create a schedule that works for you, stick to it. Wake up at the same time every day, give yourself a set time to sleep, and create alerts to remind you when it is time to get up and move around. The more you do exercise and reinforce your new schedule, the easier it will become to follow.

Form New Habits

Another great way to create a more active lifestyle is to work on forming healthier habits. According to James Clear, author of Atomic Habits, tiny behaviors are what lead to the major results we want to see in our lives. Old habits are not broken just because you want them to be—you need to replace them with new, healthier habits in order to see lasting results.

Find a way to replace the habits that don’t serve you with those that do. For example, instead of using your lunch break to scroll on your phone while you scarf down your sandwich, consider using part of it to walk around the neighborhood. Take any conference calls while standing or walking to get in a few extra steps, or use your breaks to do something that requires some physical exertion like cleaning your bedroom. You won’t regret putting in the effort as soon as you see the results.

Try Online Fitness Classes

With so many options for free exercise classes online, you won’t run out of new things to try. You can try everything you’ve ever wanted to, all from the comfort of your home, including yoga, pilates, HIIT workouts, strength training, full-body workouts, and more. You don’t even need a home gym to try many of these things—all you need is a screen and some motivation to get started. You might just find something new that you absolutely love!

Working out at home is easier than ever due to the internet, but you can also make going to a fitness class or gym part of your daily routine. Having something to look forward to right after work will not only help you stay active, but it will also motivate you throughout the day. Regardless of how you decide to exercise, remember to have fun with it! One of the best parts of an active lifestyle is the boost in mood that it provides.

Invest in Worthwhile WFH Purchases

It can be motivating to buy some fun work-from-home objects to help you live a more active lifestyle. Consider buying exercise equipment to use in your home, like small weights, resistance bands, or a yoga mat, and put them near your desk so they are always there to remind you to get some exercise. Whenever you have a moment to take a small break, do some small workouts using this equipment before returning to work. 

You could also invest in a standing desk, which would help prevent sitting for eight hours a day without standing up once. While standing desks don’t help you burn off as many calories as a workout would, they are much more conducive to an active lifestyle than sitting. In fact, over the course of a typical afternoon, standing is shown to burn off 170 more calories than sitting does. Other valuable purchases that could boost your health while working remotely are healthy snacks, health apps to remind you to get moving, or a subscription to your favorite fitness class. 

Working remotely can make an active lifestyle difficult, but it’s not impossible. With these four tips, you’ll be able to prioritize a healthier lifestyle while having fun rather than pushing it off because it feels like a chore. The key to better health is deciding you are going to make it happen, so dedicate yourself to making it happen.

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