Posted on April 08, 2020 by Josh Puttock

With so many of us now working from home it is a pretty big adjustment for those of that are used to the hustle and bustle of city life. As this ‘new normal’ becomes a part of our daily life, here are a few tips to try and build a sense of structure and routine into your day.

Set an alarm

With the new commute to the living room it is easy to not make the most of your morning routine before starting the working day.

As someone who is an early bird when it comes to their exercise routine, I find the best way to energise myself and get in a positive headspace for the day is with a morning online workout.

For anyone who has pictured working from home as an excuse to stay in their pyjamas all day (the dream on a lazy Sunday right?) it is important to feel ready physically and mentally for the day ahead. Every morning I make sure I’m showered and dressed ready for the 9am catch up call with the rest of my team.

Setting up your work space

It’s important to ensure we are looking after our own health and wellbeing with a suitable set up in your new office environment.

Some key points to take into consideration

  • Make sure your seat protects the lower back.
  • Be aware that tables and chairs at home can be a different height from standard work stations. For computer work, make sure your chair height allows your forearms to rest comfortably on your work surface so that your elbows are roughly at right angles.

Take regular breaks

It’s important to not just be sat in front of your screen all day. Regular, short breaks increase productivity and keep you motivated throughout the day.

Try to schedule in a lunch break as part of your day. I use this time to go out and get my daily dose of outside exercise. A brisk walk and some fresh air helps me stay focused for the afternoon ahead. Alternatively, now could be your chance to login for an online workout. With a vast range of workouts on our virtual Les Mills platform and the online motive8 workouts coming to you very soon there is something for everyone.

Nutrition

Try to stick to your usual meal times to maintain a sense of routine and don’t be scared to experiment in the kitchen if you aren’t able to find your usual weekly shop items. We’ll be sending out a variety of recipes with plenty of staple ingredients to give you some inspiration over the coming weeks.

To do list and sign off

Without your evening commute it can be a struggle to disconnect from work. Spend the last few minutes of your working day setting a to-do-list for the next day. The clarity will help you feel prepared for what is next on the agenda and setting yourself that final task will enable you to switch off and unwind for the evening ahead.

In these uncertain times it is more imperative than ever to tune in to our mental as well as physical health. Take the time to focus on ways of relaxing that work best for you whether that be delving into a good book, yoga, meditation or a Netflix marathon.

Most of all stay safe, stay healthy and we hope to see you all very soon!

 

By Ashley Wright, Gym & Spa Area Manager