Work from home has become a new normal since the beginning of COVID- 19 pandemic. Sedentary and isolated lifestyle has adversely impacted our physical, mental, social and emotional wellbeing in past two years. With life slowly returning towards normalcy and organizations adopting hybrid model of work, employees are finding it more challenging to cope up to the new work schedule and hence are finding it difficult to prioritize fitness goals. Covid pandemic has in fact made us realize that health is perhaps the most important aspect of human lives. Dr Rishabh Kumar MittalConsultant – Critical Care Medicine M.D, F.N.B Fortis Escorts Heart Institute shared some simple tips to aid us in adjusting to this new work schedule and keep our fitness goals on track as we walk back to office:
1. Start slowly- It would be better not to overstretch yourself from day one, start with a morning walk, stretching or light workout at home for around 15 minutes and slowly increase the duration and intensity of exercises. you can split the workout over a day. Make sure you follow the schedule diligently, rewarding yourself for each target you achieve.
2. Self-motivation – Think positive, practice self-compassion, utilize social relationships for mutual benefit, set goals for each other and challenge peer group for achieving fitness goals. A gentle reminder and step count on you cell phone or smart watch can always keep you on your toes
3. Maintain healthy eating habits – Sudden exposure to office environment may persuade you to binge on to your favorite junk food that you were missing at home. You need to exercise self-control, eat healthy snacks, a balanced diet and keep yourself hydrated to stay fit and healthy.
4. Sleep cycle – Working from comfort your home and at the time of your choosing have altered sleep habits of almost everyone. Setting up a constant bedtime and wake up time will help. Taking a shower, reading and avoiding cellphone just before going to bed will help in returning to pre-pandemic schedule.
5. Monitor health – As the pandemic is not over yet, you need to Keep track of your health, don’t ignore subtle signs of ill health, consult your physician and take a prompt health advice.