Health is wealth.
As startups and businesses focus on staying in business and continue growing during the pandemic, you also need to take stock of your health.
In the middle of all this confusion, you need to make sure you are not neglecting your health.
Working from home will have its effect on both physical and mental health.
Lack of physical activity can silently take its toll.
Working from home deprives you of the opportunity to walk and other physical activity, like climbing stairs, attending stand-up meetings, walking to the cab stand or bus/train stations, standing and waiting for the cab/bus/train, etc.
Moreover, being at home allows you more opportunity to eat, and eat high calorie food at that.
Such lifestyle changes can weigh in on your health before you know it.
You can put on weight that your system cannot handle.
You may develop arthritis because of putting on weight and lack of opportunity to walk.
You may develop osteoporosis, i.e, loss of bone density.
You may develop diabetes, or non-diabetic hyperglycaemia.
You may develop cholesterol and heart related trouble.
Watch out. Be cautious. Take action.
Keep checking your BP.
Keep checking your blood sugar.
DIY devices make checking BP and blood sugar at home easy.
You can also use services of doorstep diagnostics, where agents come to your door to collect blood samples and deliver the report online.
Cut down on the food.
Try to eat lesser.
Observe intermittent fasting.
Eat low calorie food like lots of veggies and fruits.
Eat lean protein like legumes, peas and beans.
Block opportunities for eating, by not stocking a lot food and ingredients.
Try to get at least an hour of physical activity every day.
Walk for at least 20 minutes a day.
If you hate the treadmill, then walk about or around the house. If possible, wear a mask and walk in the neighborhood.
Additionally, get up from your desk and walk around for a couple of minutes every half-an-hour.
Take stretch breaks.
Climb at least 50 steps a day. This is easy as you can do this in your house or the building. (Consult your doctor before doing this, if you have knee pain).
Do 30 to 50 jumping jacks or whatever you can manage. (Consult your doctor before doing this, if you have knee pain).
Burpees are helpful for engaging the whole body. Try 10 to 20 burpees for a rigorous exercise in a short time. For those who have knee-pain, there are variants of burpees that do not strain the knees.
Spend some time on household chores like cleaning around, doing your bed, etc.
Stay healthy, stay safe.
During these times, stay safe from the virus. Stay healthy by eating healthy and getting enough physical activity.
We will talk about how to maintain mental health during work from home in the next post.