Remote working has both advantages and disadvantages for those seeking to stay or become fit. For those who are motivated and disciplined, the advantages will outweigh the disadvantages.
Working remotely provides flexibility. Because remote workers don’t have a boss supervising them or meetings to attend, they can take time throughout the day to exercise and still get their job done. They may work out at home or at a nearby gym as a break from work. They may even be able to work fitness classes into their schedule.
Another nice thing about remote working is that it’s possible to take phone calls during a walk, instead of just sitting at a desk all day; and we know that multiple, smaller amounts of exercise count just as much as a single longer exercise session.
There are pros and cons to the impact on diet. It’s sometimes difficult to ignore a house full of goodies that are available whenever you want. At the office, it’s more regimented and the specific times designated for eating come and go.
If your cupboard is full of potato chips and your freezer is well stocked with ice cream, working at home may not be a healthy option. Conversely, you may have more healthy food options available at home than in the typical workplace. It’s well-established that grazing (eating small meals multiple times a day) is better for your metabolism.
Rita Matraia, founder and owner of The Core Connection, is a Certified Stott Pilates Instructor, a Certified Restorative Exercise Specialist, a Certified Postpartum Corrective Exercise Specialist, and a Healthy Foot Practitioner through the Nutritious Movement Center.