How more than a year working remotely has changed our bodies

p 1 after a year of sitting here is how to stay active while working from home

It’s been a little over a year since many people made the change to working from house. In that point, it’s seemingly that your every day routine has changed considerably in comparison with while you would make the journey into the workplace on daily basis.

For starters, you’re in all probability not getting anyplace close to as a lot bodily exercise as you used to. Even in case you make a level of exercising a few occasions per week, you’ve seemingly nonetheless seen a important dip in your non-exercise bodily exercise, what we name “NEPA” within the well being and health trade. NEPA is the bodily exercise that occurs as a pure a part of going about your every day routine. We’re speaking about actions like strolling, whether or not that be all the way in which to the workplace, right down to the bus cease, or simply to the automobile parked in your driveway. Even one thing so simple as strolling throughout the workplace to ask your coworker a query, seize a snack from the break room, or to make use of the restroom provides up. With the rise of WFH, it’s seemingly only a few of those actions are nonetheless a a part of your every day routine. Our commutes have develop into strolling from our mattress to our pc; we join with our coworkers by way of phone or a Zoom hyperlink, and our kitchens and restrooms are often solely a few quick steps away from our pc at house.

So, what are we doing as a substitute of all that NEPA? For probably the most half, we’re sitting. Sitting in entrance of the pc, on the sofa, or at a desk. Even for these of us who beforehand spent most of our days sitting at a desk, we’re now spending even more time sitting, just because there are so few duties that require us to stand up and transfer round.


This has a variety of implications for our bodily well being and our health. Plenty of sitting usually leads to what’s referred to as higher and decrease crossed syndrome (a fancy time period for dangerous posture) which is commonly accompanied by stiff hips, again, neck, and shoulders. It may possibly even trigger stress complications, which aren’t any enjoyable in any respect. The lack of all of that low-intensity NEPA additionally implies that our bodies develop into much less environment friendly at burning fats, since fats is the first gasoline supply for low-intensity exercise. In brief, it’s seemingly that our bodies ache in a variety of totally different locations and that we’re gaining physique fats as a results of working from house.

None of because of this all hope is misplaced. It simply implies that we have to be a little more deliberate about our every day bodily exercise, each of the train and non-exercise varieties. Integrating more bodily motion could be a easy matter of setting a step aim for the day and utilizing an exercise tracker that can assist you observe your progress. It is also one thing like setting a reminder in your telephone or desktop to face up, stroll round, and do a few stretches as soon as each hour. Personally, I make a level of going for a 30-minute stroll on daily basis so as to get some steps in in addition to some contemporary air.

Attempt to give attention to actions that assist to revive and keep correct posture, in addition to constructing lean muscle mass to maintain your metabolism going.

By way of train, attempt to give attention to actions that assist to revive and keep correct posture, in addition to constructing lean muscle mass to maintain your metabolism going. So as to make sure that you’re performing the workout routines appropriately and in a means that can truly assist restore or keep correct posture and positioning, I all the time suggest enlisting the assistance of a certified private coach who can give you quick suggestions within the second.

For those who’re on the lookout for a few low-barrier strikes you may attempt at house with minimal gear, listed below are a few of my favourite workout routines to counteract the consequences of an excessive amount of sitting:

Glute bridges

  • Mendacity in your again together with your knees bent and toes flat on the ground, squeeze your glutes exhausting. The very first thing it’s best to really feel occur while you do that is your pelvis tilt again and your low again press towards the ground.
  • Hold squeezing your glutes, permitting your hips to rise off the ground till your hips are straight. Decrease your hips again right down to the ground underneath management.
  • Do 10 reps.

Wall arm slides

  • Standing dealing with away from the wall, place your heels about 1 foot size away from the wall and your hips and shoulders towards the wall.
  • From right here, brace your core to press your decrease again towards the wall. Slide your arms as excessive up the wall as doable whereas preserving your wrists and elbows as near the wall as doable, with out letting your decrease again depart the wall.
  • Do 10 reps.

The “world’s best stretch”


  • Beginning in a push-up place, step your proper foot ahead and place it exterior your proper hand.
  • From there attain your proper hand up towards the ceiling, following your hand together with your eyes and rotating via your higher/mid again. Return to the beginning place and repeat on the left facet.
  • Do 10 reps on both sides.

Band pull-aparts

  • Maintain a resistance band at arm’s size in entrance of you with a double overhand grip. With a little bit of stress on the band to start out, take your palms as distant from one another as you may whereas preserving your shoulders away out of your ears.
  • Return to the beginning place underneath management. It is best to really feel your shoulder blades gliding in your rib cage as you do that: Your shoulder blades ought to come collectively as your palms separate and your shoulder blades ought to separate as you come to the beginning place.
  • Repeat for 10-20 reps.


  • Beginning in a half-kneeling place (one knee down and one foot ahead) with a proud posture, drive via each toes and use your entrance leg to “pull” your self ahead as you come as much as a standing place.
  • Squeeze your glutes on the high. Return to the beginning place underneath management and cease simply earlier than your knee touches the bottom.
  • Repeat for 10 reps earlier than switching to the opposite facet.

These workout routines are designed to strengthen muscle tissue that don’t get a lot use when working from house, whereas easing any built-up stress or soreness that may consequence from lengthy hours sinking into your sofa or seated stiffly at a desk.

Curtis Christopherson is the CEO of Innovative Fitness, North America’s largest community of private coaching studios. He leads a group of more than 225 private trainers and was acknowledged as “Canada’s Prime Coach” in 2020 by Impression Journal.