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URMC / Employee Assistance Program / News & Events / UR Medicine EAP Blog / August 2020 / Remote Worker Dieting and Fitness Tips

Remote Worker Dieting and Fitness Tips

If you are working remotely from home, consider how your job can interfere with a healthy diet and personal fitness. Distractions, hunger (or ignoring hunger), postponing meals, interruptions, deadlines, focus, stress, and how tired you become can each influence decisions about diet and fitness. For example, while wearing earphones on a call, you wander into the kitchen and engage in unconscious eating. Under a high-pressure deadline, you skip exercise. Too busy to eat dinner, you go for the late-night ramen noodle cup.

Here are five ways to be a healthier remote worker: awareness, setting boundaries, creating structure, planning, and preparation. Working from home can be satisfying, but use awareness to create the right environment. Manage this environment with boundaries where distractions and unhealthy food temptations are not present. Create structure by arranging your day so snacks, meals, and chores are predictable, not intrusions. Plan a schedule in which health and fitness behaviors remain central to your well-being. Finally, prepare your workplace and do the groundwork daily with "pre-flight" tasks to make your day a healthy and productive one. Get a water bottle in place, flip the switch on your eight-hour Crock-Pot recipe, make a sandwich ahead of time, set up healthy snacks, and lay out your exercise clothes to allow a smooth transition from your job to your workout.

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Keith Stein | 8/13/2020

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