Businesses asked employees to stay home, schools closed, and testing sites with long lines snaking around city blocks during the Covid-19 outbreak, but in the third year of the coronavirus pandemic, countries have been pushing forward with plans to reopen, seeking to balance containing the virus with keeping people and money moving because they can no longer afford the economy-crippling restrictions. Offices are reopening, and employees are gradually returning to a regular work routine, with some dreading long commutes and traffic jams, while others are relieved to return to physical offices and engage in much-needed social interaction with colleagues through in-person meetings, team lunches, and coffee breaks.
As we prepare for this phased return to pre-pandemic normalcy, our fitness routine appears to be falling further down our priority list, in contrast to peak pandemic times when bolstering one’s immunity through workout sessions and diet modifications was at the top of the agenda. While working away from home, morning workouts and evening walks may be missed, or even due to tiredness, one tends to neglect to keep track of their fitness, so we enlisted the help of a few experts to spill the beans on how to keep track of our fitness now that work-from-home is back.
Continue to be active
It’s all about making good use of your breaks and the rest of your day to stay active while working at a desk. It’s also a good idea to get up every few minutes and go for a walk or stretch.
Eat to achieve your goals
There is no substitute for proper nutrition. Our bodies are formed by our nutrition. If you find it difficult to cook and eat healthy food while at work, I highly recommend meal planning and meal prepping on weekends. Meal prepping ahead of time eliminates the possibility of error because your food is already prepared for you.
Get in 10k steps
Getting in 10k steps may appear to be a difficult goal to achieve, but you will be surprised at how small changes like taking walk breaks and going for morning/evening/night walks can help you achieve this goal.
Strolling or bicycling to and from the office, carparks far from the building and trudging the distance, ditching the elevator and climbing the stairs, walking in a secure setting while talking on the phone, and so on are all ways to stay active and get your steps in.
“Work from the office is back,” said Abhi Singh Thakur, Certified Fitness Coach, “but the good news is that you can still keep up your fitness without doing much work.” There are a few key points to keep in mind at all times. Small changes can have a big impact, such as taking the stairs instead of the elevator, parking in the last row so you can walk more, or moving your legs while talking on the phone.”