How do you stay fit as a freelancer? It’s an issue that challenges remote workers everywhere. In a world where working, being productive and having active customer communication are top priorities, we can overlook our health. But health determines all of our freelance outcomes, so we can’t just let it go.
Why stay fit as a freelancer anyway?
Most freelancers spend countless hours in front of computers and phones with their butts in chairs. In other words, they spend a lot of time stationary and that can really take a toll on health.
Likewise, the lack of structured schedules and playing host to a variety of deadlines adds a factor of stress which causes cortisol which adds weight problems.
To stay at the top of your game, you’ve gotta be in shape. Healthy mind. Healthy body. Freelancing is a tough lifestyle, so you can’t afford to compromise in the most important areas driving your biology.
But what are some ways to stay fit as a freelancer?
There are tons of exercises you can try, but if you’re just looking for the basics, try these first:
1. Morning walk (or afternoon)
Walking is simple and a lot of people forget that it’s exercise. Taking a walk is a good way to keep your body active. Plus it helps reduce stress and clear your mind.
Plus you can walk basically anywhere, whether it’s in your neighborhood, at the park, or even at your desk on a treadmill.
Try to get a walk in at least once a day. If you can’t go daily, then at least get out and about a couple times per week.
Yoga is another low-intensity way to keep up your health. You get a full-body workout without all of the physical taxation.
Yoga is composed of several different full-body exercises that help you to maintain a balanced metabolism, increase flexibility and improve respiration, vitality, and energy.
Best of all is that you don’t have to be an expert to get started because yoga is beginner friendly.
If you really can’t get around, then at least do stretches. Stand, sit or lay somewhere and stretch your arms, legs, neck and other muscles. Stretching improves circulation and helps relax your body and mind.
Stretching also increases blood flow and energy, and when you work with a lot of clients, you need a lot of energy. So if you really can’t get your body moving, at least stretch it out and let it breath.
What’s the best way to stay fit as a freelancer?
In my opinion, the best choice is a morning walk to get your body moving and burning calories. Plus it’s a natural extension of an exercise you already do every single day.
By taking a walk a few times a week you can burn calories, boost your energy, and improve your mood. No special skills required.
Ultimately there’s no wrong way to get or stay fit. What’s important is that you get your body moving and stop living so sedentary because it’ll kill you faster.
Movement is essential for the sanity of your body and business, not to mention helping you avoid health problems that will affect your productivity.
With that said, it’s not about which exercise is the best per se, but finding the one that works best for you.