Some remote workers are excellent at taking care of themselves. There are tons of videos and articles all over social media about the really successful ones (often entrepreneurs) that wake up at 4.30 in the morning and hit the gym, have totally gluten-free and GMO free diets and consider “pizza” to be a four-letter word.

But what about those that have allowed their remote work lifestyle to manifest a world where even their dress pants have an elastic waistband and are adjustable by drawstring? 

You know that that world I’m speaking of – it dons its dwellers with disheveled hair that any emo kid would envy, yet we all know they’re far from stylish and look the opposite of hot.

In a world where video is one of the of main ways you get to “see” people that you communicate with, it’s going to be hard with to avoid that little lens on your devices for much longer. So here’s your first motivation. It’s time to put a shirt on that’s not a size too big. 

And it’s time to put on a pair of pants that closes with an actual button, or a zipper.

Here are 5 things you can do right now to get going toward fitness without getting too complicated.

  1. Affirmations – OK, so this is going to sound a little weird. You don’t even have to get out of your chair for this one. Affirmations are an awesome way to brainwash yourself into motivation. If you haven’t heard about them before, you basically use affirmations to program your subconscious, which will result in you GETTING THINGS DONE.  There are videos that can help you with this and if you’re not too weirded out, here’s one to try: Body Strength Training Gym Fitness Affirmations. You don’t have to stop what you’re doing and get into a yoga pose – you can play it in the background as you do something else. Let it play through at least once before you judge. After all, action starts in the mind.
  2.  Healthy Snacking – Replace unhealthy crunchy treats with healthy crunchy treats. Go on – when you shop this weekend, by cashews instead of chips, buy carrots and ranch instead of cookies. Not only will you look better after a few weeks of this- you’ll also feel better. Here are 13 options for healthy snacking of which at least a few are sure to be a hit with you and whoever you’ll be sharing with. I’ll be joining you on this one with one of my greatest obsessions – baby carrots.
  3. Drink Water – Flushing the body out with water has so many benefits. You’ll have to keep getting up to go to the bathroom for one, and by doing so you’ll burn some extra calories and improve your circulation. It can also prevent overeating by drinking it in a moderate quantity (6-8 oz) right before a meal. You can check out this article for more benefits of drinking water, but it should be motivating enough to drink it because in large part, it’s what we’re made of.
  4. Walk – As I just mentioned, it’s good for you to get up and move around anyway. Instead of watching YouTube or scrolling LinkedIn on your break, give your eyes a rest, get out into the fresh air and walk for 15 minutes. If the weather is too hot/cold/rainy or just not suitable for a stroll, walk in place inside. It may seem a little dorky, but I promise, you will feel good once you’re done.
  5. Fast – That’s right, just stop eating altogether. Do it intermittently. Do it all day. However you do it is up to you, but it will do something very important for you: Clear out your body and mind, allowing you to focus on your work. Then you’ll be able to work without stopping to eat and still be healthy, capitalizing on the bad habit that got you here to begin with. Your stomach will shrink and you won’t waste any time trying to figure out what to have for lunch. Oh yes, this one is extremely efficient.

Are you thinking about getting fit after the holidays? Are your New Year’s resolutions slated? 

If so, let us know what your plans are to get fit! If not, use at least 2 of our ideas; and don’t forget let us know how it goes!