Are you someone who always dreamed about being able to write from home for a living and you ended up getting your wish? If so, congrats! It must be extremely rewarding to be able to do what you love from the comfort of your own home. After all, can you really beat blogging in your pajamas or having your payday come in the form of a PayPal notification?
Yeah, that’s definitely the life.
However, with just about everything in this world, there is a potential down side. In this instance, it would probably be more like a challenge because while your mind may be getting the “workout” that it needs, that doesn’t automatically or necessarily mean that your body does…although it should.
If you’re a blogger and you know that you could stand to be a little more proactive about your physical health, we have five easy tips that will help you to remain mentally sharp while becoming physically fit:
Eat a good breakfast. Whether you work in or out of the home, there is simply no excuse to not eat a healthy breakfast. Aside from it being the fuel that your body needs to jump start the day, for people who sit throughout most of it, breakfast also helps to regulate your metabolism so that it’s not slow and sluggish.
Limit your snacking (and what you snack on). It can be really easy to devour a bag of chips or a package of cookies while you’re typing away. However, what this means is that you are also consuming hundreds of calories all at once. It really is a good idea, no matter what, to stick to a regimented eating schedule. But, if you must snack in between meals, consider some fruit, a bag of carrot sticks, some popcorn (with limited salt and butter) or a few bars of dark chocolate.
Take breaks. You might have thought that we were going to say that you should exercise 30-40 minutes three times per week. That’s definitely not a bad idea, but we’re kind of thinking that if you had that kind of routine, you probably wouldn’t be reading this article. Therefore, we recommend a “happy compromise” of taking a few 15-minute breaks throughout the day to walk outside or do a few jumping jacks or even go to On-Demand to try a few rounds of aerobics.
Get tested. One of the biggest mistakes that a lot of people make is not going to the doctor unless they feel like something is wrong. Sometimes, by the time you feel the symptoms of certain ailments, you are in worse shape than you initially might have thought. That’s why it’s a good idea to make sure you schedule a health testing for things like your blood pressure and blood sugar and that you don’t forget to go to your doctor and dentist for annual check-ups.
Rest your eyes. When it comes to the life of a blogger, the body part that tends to get the more strenuous workout are the eyes. Although it can be tempting to sit in front of your computer screen for 12-15 hours per day, try and set actual hours that you’ll write (and web surf) so that your eyes can get a break as well. You need them to write, right? Be sure to be extremely proactive in how you care for them.