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  1. Marta

    I work from home and I completely agree with you. Sometimes, when you get involved in what your’re doing, its difficult to remember about your very basic needs. Hydration, fresh air and some movement are the key to keeping our brain working. However, I’d like to add that going out to meet some real people is also very important when you work from home…. for the sake of your mental health, meet a friend once a week!

    • Christian Dorius

      Great point about socializing! As you mentioned, that is very important for your mental health and should also be something that is maintained just as much as your physical health. Thanks for reminding me of that!

  2. Water – so simple yet so effective. Thanks for point it out. It’s one of the cheapest things we can buy but it’s one of the best ways to purify us. Drink some water before anything else in the morning. If that sounds nasty to you, then you probably (definitely) need to do it! 🙂

    • Yeah, water is definitely the most important part to staying healthy, so that’s why I decided it should get first mention! You’re right about drinking water first thing in the morning as it is a great way to get that metabolism moving for the rest of the day!

  3. What a great article! I agree with each and every post, especially drinking more water. It’s simple, but makes a huge difference. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  4. Bling and Butterflies

    I don’t work at home and couldn’t agree more. I’ve consiously tried to up my water intake by adding things to it like strawberries and mint. Works a treat. I just need to get the rest into gear… thanks for the push!

    • No problem on the extra motivating push. ☺

      Before working from home I worked a desk job and had a lot of the same struggles but at least when I was in an office I could get up and socialize regularly!

  5. Oh my gosh especially remembering to eat, I’m the type to keep saying “I’ll just do this one thing” before getting up. 10 things later I’ve missed lunch and I’m pushing dinner away too….I find it so hard to maintain a healthy work at home mix.

  6. Remembering to eat is my hardest one! I love moving and doing things, but life gets in the way! My kids demand attention and I always take the backseat. Sometimes when my husband comes home is the first time that I actually get to eat something during the day

    • That’s how I feel a lot of the time! I’m the stay-at-home parent in my case and after I get the kids their meals and stuff cleaned up, they are done and ready to get down from the table. In the end I just grab a slice of bread and a coke and call it good. Not too healthy, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do!

  7. Ian

    Hi Christian,
    This is a well written article. I definitely agree with all of your points. Staying hydrated and moving around every once in a while is important for circulatory health. It’s really easy to get so focused on creating content that we can even forget to eat. I think it’s important to take breaks to eat meals since it’s important to feed oneself.

  8. Gina

    This is such a unique article. I guess those of us who work at home don’t usually think about it effecting our health.
    For staying hydrated, I do the same thing as you except I use a 24 oz bottle and try to empty it 2-3 times. It sure does get you a little exercise running to the bathroom haha. Then every couple hours I’ll take break and grab some healthy snacks.
    I should consider doing some yoga though. Using just a chair seems easy and wouldn’t allow any excuses 🙂

    • Christian Dorius

      Yeah, there is a ton that can be done to keep healthy and in shape while working from home. Remembering to do it is the real challenge! 🙂

  9. Wil

    I think that two main ways of working at home fall under multi level marketing and affiliate marketing. Multi level marketing can have it’s percs if and ONLY IF there is an actual product to sell. Too many times you have multilevel marketing schemes where the only real way to make money is to recruit other people. That is wrong and definitely a scam. Affiliate marketing is great because you can take part in the benefits of a sale without having the actual product on hand. Very useful in many situations.

    • Christian Dorius

      I agree with what you are saying. Anything that only pays out for recruiting more people under you and offers nothing else is definitely a scam and should be avoided at all costs. You’re right about affiliate marketing and being able to make sales without a physical product, but also there are many programs that do offer a product to review and those can be great as well. You can score some nice toys that way! 🙂

  10. Martin Kelly

    I work in the telecommuting industry now and can say that drinking water is so essential. I used to drink too much coffee now I alternate with water and feel better. Also hitting the basement gym and doing anything to get the blood moving helps. Also very important I have learned is to use the stairs every hour I naturally do it and it helps move the blood around you cannot sit for long stretches forever -thanks for a much needed site.

    • Christian Dorius

      Hey, Martin. Glad I could help.

      It’s really great that you see the value in getting up and moving when you have been sitting for too long. There are so many people out there that don’t even pay attention to that sort of thing and they end up having some severe health issues at some point because of being too sedentary. Keep it up!

  11. Adrian

    Now that I am working from home, I have to be conscious of how long I sit at my desk as I need to remind myself to get up every hour and get out of the study.

    Fortunately, I run three times a week and do bodyweight exercises and I make sure that I stay hydrated but I do find that you can spend hours at your desk without realising it, especially if you’re in the middle of a project or something.

    So thanks for the reminder to get up and move for 10 minutes of every hour because I find that I can easily overlook this, this is a good post; well done.

    • Christian Dorius

      Hey, Adrian. Thanks for stopping by and reading this post!

      That’s really great that you are keeping up on some exercise and general fitness. I’ve been struggling lately to remember to get up and move as often as I should since I’ve been pretty busy with different projects lately.

      I think I’m going to have to set an alarm on my phone as a reminder! 🙂

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