There is no denying that being a freelancer opens up the doors to tons of exciting benefits. Unfortunately, encouraging a healthy lifestyle is definitely not one of them. Sure, having the ability to work from home and manage your schedule seems quite nice at first. But, anyone who has spent some time in the profession knows just how easily the workload can crumble this small utopia into fast food, endless hours in front of the computer and overall isolation. Not quite the healthiest lifestyle you can imagine.
Let’s see if we can address this burning issue and allow you to bring some healthy habits back into your life.
Take an honest look at your health condition
If you want to know which moves you need to make to improve your lifestyle and physical condition, you first need to learn what areas of your life need improvement. So, the first thing you should do is to pay a visit to the physician just to check if you are clear of issues like high blood pressure or cholesterol. If you are good to go, you can proceed to a local gym to get an assessment of the areas and body-parts you could improve. Both of these instances are a great source of information regarding training, proper nutrition other healthy habits.
Implement a healthier diet
People have always argued which one is more important for weight loss – a healthy diet or exercise. The truth is that as long as you are able to create a 3,500 calorie deficit per week, you will lose exactly one pound (0.45) of fat. Reducing your calorie intake makes a tremendous and far more approachable part of this stunt. However, not only how much you eat is important but what you eat as well. Try replacing the junk in your fridge with weight loss-friendly foods like:
Buy yourself some exercise equipment
Hitting the gym is probably the easiest way to quickly get your body back in shape. It is also a huge chore that simply takes too much time. However, you can solve this issue by bringing the gym directly into your home. And you don’t even need to go overboard with the equipment. A basic set of dumbbells combined with a small bench will set up everything you need for diverse weight training. As for the interval sessions, you’ll hardly find a better and more compact option than some of the Assault Air Bikes.
Schedule the training for the morning
Crawling out of bed and getting yourself started is hard enough even without an exhausting training routine. But scheduling your workout sessions immediately after you wake up does have some benefits. First, the hormones are working to your advantage. Second, early training represents an excellent way to kick-start your metabolism and burn more calories throughout the day. Finally, this is the only way to absolutely make sure that you are going to do your bidding. If you leave it for later, life will find a way to make sure you are occupied with something else.
Take short HIIT breaks
Spending long hours in front of the computer is hard and strenuous. Be sure to take occasional breaks and use them to their fullest extent. For instance, most of the popular HIIT workouts like the 7-Minute Workout, various tabatas and all other similar interval routines don’t last more than 5-10 minutes per cycle. So, why wouldn’t you ditch your phone or any other thing you use to fill these breaks and give yourself a short HIIT blast? You will feel energized, put your metabolism back into high gear and supply your brain with a fresh dose of dopamine.
Keep yourself motivated
Famous French surgeon and Nobel Prize winner Dr. Alexis Carrel once famously said that "Man cannot remake himself without suffering, for he is both the marble and the sculptor." He was right. Introducing healthy habits requires mental and physical sacrifice. There will be a lot of mornings where you'll simply want to give up. Don't. Find whatever reason to get out of bed and continue with training. The internet is filled with inspirational quotes, successful transformation stories, epic music and motivational speeches that exist solely to keep you geared up.
We hope these six tips gave you a blueprint you can use to start introducing some positive changes into your life. Working as a freelancer can be fun and engaging. You just need to make sure your lifestyle won't start taking a toll on your health and mood. If that means changing just a couple of habits, we say it’s well worth the try.