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Staying Active While Working From Home

Lauren DeSilva, PsyD
Clinical Psychologist
August 5, 2021

If you noticed that working from home caused some changes in your daily routine, you are not alone! Some of you may have noticed more motivation and time to exercise, whereas some still struggle with this. Being sedentary can increase our risk of chronic health problems in addition to mental health struggles. If you find yourself sitting too much, remember to get up every hour to move. Here are some tips for how to get moving again! 

  • Make time for exercise… plan for it, put it in your calendar! Create a time-boxed schedule and know exactly when you plan to exercise. Key is sticking to this plan!
  • Virtual and online classes are a great way to bring the gym to you! For those working from home, this is a great way to get exercise from the comfort of your own home. Best part… no commute!
  • Go for walks between meetings! Use walks to segment your day into thirds. Transitioning from the beginning of your day to middle and end is important. In fact, take your calls/meetings while walking (if possible)! 
  • Keep weights near your desk, get a yoga mat, use a standing desk, or install pull up bars in your doorway. Use your breaks to get moving! 
  • Remember the power of stretching. Get the blood flowing by beginning and ending your day with some stretches! 

Creating an exercise routine is vital to consistency. Change the norm. Make your activity routine a habit. 

At this time the HP Health Center wants to highlight the following services: 

  • We are offering Preventative Health Assessments which can help with annual check up. 
  • Show Me Your Injury appointment types
    • Free 15 minute consultation with Physical Therapy or Chiropractic to see if physical medicine is a good fit for you 
  • Virtual Ergonomic Assessment 
    • Free 30 minute judgment free assessment on how to make whatever your work space more body friendly
  • Lauren Desilva, PsyD our HP Licensed Psychologist is available virtually at this time to provide therapy to help support you and address any mental health concerns. 
  • Crossover offers a variety of free courses, including fitness classes  https://crossoverhealth.com/classes/
  • HP Employees free fitness assessment through the HP Fitness Center, contact Nick Diaz, nicholas.diaz@hp.com
  • HP Health Center services are available virtually by your health center team and when needed in-person visits (age 18 and older only) are available at a Near-Site Crossover location in the Bay Area, to employees and their covered family members, enrolled in an HP medical option (non-Kaiser).You may schedule your consultation via Palo Alto Health center portal at  https://crossoverhealth.com/hp/ 

Staying Active While Working From Home – Spring

If you noticed that working from home caused some changes in your daily routine, you are not alone! Some of you may have noticed more motivation and time to exercise, whereas some still struggle with this. Being sedentary can increase our risk of chronic health problems in addition to mental health struggles. If you find yourself sitting too much, remember to get up every hour to move. Here are some tips for how to get moving again! 

  • Make time for exercise… plan for it, put it in your calendar! Create a time-boxed schedule and know exactly when you plan to exercise. Key is sticking to this plan!
  • Virtual and online classes are a great way to bring the gym to you! For those working from home, this is a great way to get exercise from the comfort of your own home. Best part… no commute!
  • Go for walks between meetings! Use walks to segment your day into thirds. Transitioning from the beginning of your day to middle and end is important. In fact, take your calls/meetings while walking (if possible)! 
  • Keep weights near your desk, get a yoga mat, use a standing desk, or install pull up bars in your doorway. Use your breaks to get moving! 
  • Remember the power of stretching. Get the blood flowing by beginning and ending your day with some stretches! 

Creating an exercise routine is vital to consistency. Change the norm. Make your activity routine a habit. 

At this time the HP Health Center wants to highlight the following services: 

  • We are offering Preventative Health Assessments which can help with annual check up. 
  • Show Me Your Injury appointment types
    • Free 15 minute consultation with Physical Therapy or Chiropractic to see if physical medicine is a good fit for you 
  • Virtual Ergonomic Assessment 
    • Free 30 minute judgment free assessment on how to make whatever your work space more body friendly
  • Rosell Jenkins, our HP Licensed Psychologist is available virtually at this time to provide therapy to help support you and address any mental health concerns. 
  • Crossover offers a variety of free courses, including fitness classes  https://crossoverhealth.com/classes/
  • HP Employees free fitness assessment through the HP Fitness Center, contact David Fryar, david.fryar@hp.com
  • HP Health Center services are available virtually and on a limited basis for in-person visits to employees and their covered family members ages 18 and older enrolled in an HP medical option. You may schedule your consultation via the Spring Health center portal at https://crossoverhealth.com/hptx/ 
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