Woman healthy and fit at homeWhen I accepted a position to work at WriterGirl & Associates, I found out I’d be working from home five days a week.

I wanted to become the Jillian Michaels of my home office. I decided I needed my own work-from-home exercise routine: I’ll buy a walking treadmill. A standing desk. An exercise bike. Maybe I’ll get in the best shape of my life with this flexibility!

Then reality struck: Working is hard enough. Why buy a piece of expensive equipment that could make it even harder? Instead, I needed a plan. A work-from-home wellness plan.

You may be a work-from-home pro. Or, like many Americans, you may be working from home because of COVID-19. Either way, it’s a good time to create a wellness plan for yourself. Check out these tips on how to stay fit and healthy at home.

Create a healthy work-from-home routine

If you’ve had the privilege of working from home like the WriterGirl team, the last few weeks have been status quo. However, if you’re used to an office setting, your new reality of working from home every day may be challenging.

Humans are creatures of habit so it’s important to map out a schedule for your day. Creating a routine and having structure will help set you up for success both mentally and physically. And while creating that routine, make sure to fit some exercise into the schedule.

If you’re a morning person, you might want to set that alarm a bit earlier to kick off your day with a home workout. Or if you’re a night owl, you could exercise later in the evening. Whichever you are, make a conscious effort to plan for your workout — you may even want to consider putting the workout on your daily calendar, so you have the time blocked off. It will help you stick to it and meet your health and wellness goals.

Stay hydrated

Before you go for your first pour of coffee, grab yourself a glass of water. Finish it like it’s the best thing you’ve ever tasted! Water is essential to help your body function properly. It’s also important to rehydrate after a night’s sleep.

Throw away junk food

When you’re stressed about a deadline, it’s easier to gravitate toward convenience foods like snacks. But this can lead to unhealthy eating. Make things easier on yourself and fill your kitchen with plenty of fruit, vegetables, yogurt and nuts for when stressful deadlines roll around. Stocking your pantry and refrigerator with nutritious foods will help you maintain a healthy lifestyle.

Don’t skip lunch

At first it may be a tough transition to go from having an office full of coworkers to flying solo. After all, being healthy isn’t just about the body — feeling isolated can lead to depression. Build a community by actively seeking out friends or family who also work from home. A virtual Skype during your lunch hour is a great way to stay connected and give your brain a mental break!

Shake up your workout routine

For many of us, a workout consists of a walk or run outside, yoga practice, weight training with a personal trainer or using a fitness machine. The WriterGirl team often enjoys live virtual workouts together. It’s a great way to stay connected and healthy while working remotely.

But maybe a traditional workout isn’t your thing. And that’s OK! Try something different, like growing a garden. You’ll keep your refrigerator stocked with healthy foods. Not only that, you’ll discover it takes physical labor and effort to build and maintain a garden. And that’s a good thing.

Another great way to stay active is by playing with your kids outside. We love a game of freeze tag or riding bikes. Simply moving your body will also help boost your mood!

Do you have other tips for staying healthy while working remotely? Connect with us on Facebook, LinkedIn or Twitter and share how you stay fit and healthy at home.

Need help in your new remote role? Drop us a line anytime to learn how our team can support you.

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Editor’s note: This post was updated on April 15, 2020 by Nina Mitchell. It was originally posted in October 2014 by Jessica Levco.