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How to Create Healthy At-Home Habits

by Melinda Jennings on Wednesday 15 April 2020

 

Do you find yourself at home more often these days? If so, it’s essential to purposefully develop healthy at-home habits. Here are some things you can do to stay healthy (in every way) when you’re at home.

Put Together a Schedule 

A schedule might not seem like the most exciting thing to create, but structure can be effective in maintaining your sanity.

For example, you might lock in a coffee break at 10am, or an after-work walk to de-stress from your work day.

Setting up a schedule to workout is great for your health and mind. Get that workout gear on, because there’s a plethora of exercise videos available on Virgin Active MyLocker.

A schedule also means you can work towards achieving certain goals, and will feel more like you’ve earned that couch time when you do. These goals don’t have to be huge – they can be as simple as “go for 1 walk today”, “clean out that cupboard I’ve been avoiding opening for 2 years”, etc.

Put Together a Schedule for the Kids 

If you have children, no matter how old they are, it’s just as essential for them to be active and get them on a schedule too. That’s both for your sanity, and theirs. For those home schooling your kids, this will be even more important.

For young ones, you may want to incentivise sticking to certain elements of their schedule. For example, if they crush that 3-hour block of study time, they can earn some TV time. It's important to set boundaries but also offer rewards for their staying on task!

Stand Up, Stretch, Breathe 
 
It might seem weird to remind people to stand up, stretch, and even breathe, but these are all things that benefit from some conscious effort. It’s easy to let the workday zoom (pun intended) past without really thinking about how you’re feeling, or even taking proper breaks for yourself.

Set reminders to regularly stop and stand up, walk away from your desk, and even practice some stretching or meditative breathing. This amazing yoga breathing technique can actually help you de-stress.

Even if you’re slammed with work, it’ll all still be there in 5-10 minutes. Plus, you’re more likely to return to your desk feeling refreshed and ready to tackle your tasks.

Give Social Media a Break 

Humans are social creatures. That being said, scrolling through social media for hours isn’t necessarily going to make you feel more connected (in fact, it might ironically do the opposite).

Don’t be afraid to switch off on occasion. Most social media platforms even have an in-built option to alert you when you’ve been browsing for a certain amount of time.

Besides, one better use of your phone for staying connected is to… 
 
Call Your Mum! (or, Your Family and Friends) 
 
With texting now the norm, many of us forget about the original purpose of our phones – calling. These days, technology is handy enough to make it possible to video call our friends and family members – it’s all about staying connected.

It’s a great idea to purposefully set aside time to call the people you love and see how they they are.
 
Interested to learn more about ways you can stay balanced? We can help connect you with a personal trainer to discuss your lifestyle and fitness goals, online or in person. Talk to us today!

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