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Working out while working from home

By Michelle May, M.D.

I have a dream job: sharing my passion and living out my purpose – all while working from home. I also love the short commute and the lax dress code. My husband came home from work one day and asked, “Was it casual Friday?” I looked down and realized that I was still in my pajamas!

However, there are three main challenges with having a home office:

  1. It can be difficult to set reasonable work hours (especially when you love what you do!)
  2. You’re never more than a few steps from the kitchen
  3. You don’t have to move around much

treadmill desk 1This last one came as a bit of a surprise to me. I love to hike and/or do yoga most days of the week so I felt like I was getting enough exercise. However, after leaving my private medical practice, I gradually put on a few pounds. As I look back, I was on my feet, moving from room to room seeing patients and back and forth to my office. As I always say, the little things really add up.

So now I am more intentional about being active throughout the day while working from home:

  • I stand while I teach classes on the phone – and I’ve found that it gives me more energy and enthusiasm
  • I pace or walk around my house during phone meetings; my dog thinks it’s odd but it keeps me engaged and helps me think.
  • I sometimes sit on my exercise ball at my computer; it encourages me to do some spontaneous ab work and stretches
  • I built a stand-up desk with a second screen for my computer so I can alternate standing and sitting while I’m working on my computer

About the author

Michelle May, M.D. is a recovered yo-yo dieter and the founder of the Am I Hungry?® Mindful Eating Programs and Training. She is the award-winning author of Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat: A Mindful Eating Program to Break Your Eat-Repent-Repeat Cycle , winner of seven publishing awards. She is also the author of Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat with Diabetes, Eat What You Love, Love What You Eat for Binge Eating, and Am I Hungry? Mindful Eating for Bariatric Surgery. Michelle shares her compelling message and constructive keynotes with audiences around the country, offers workplace wellness programs, and has trained and licensed hundreds of health professionals to facilitate Am I Hungry?® Mindful Eating Programs worldwide. She has been featured on Dr. Oz, the Discovery Health Channel, and Oprah Radio, and quoted in Diabetic Living, Fitness, Health, Huffington Post, Parents, Self, USA Weekend, US News & World Report, WebMD and many others. Her personal success story was published in Chicken Soup for the Dieter's Soul. Michelle cherishes her relationships with her husband, Owen and grown children, Tyler and Elyse. She regularly enjoys practicing yoga and hiking near her home in Phoenix, Arizona. She and Owen, a professional chef, share a passion for gourmet and healthful cooking, wine tasting, photography, and traveling.

One Comment

  1. I need to get a big exercise ball to sit on while at my computer; I think that’s a wonderful idea. And I would love to have a stand up desk. I sometimes stand at my desk at my part time job and like it very much 🙂 Thank you for the ideas!

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