Last year, millions of Americans discovered the many benefits of working from home. If you are one of them, you may now experience the joys of working in your pajamas instead of uncomfortable clothing. You may be enjoying more time for leisure activities without your usual commute. Some even find that they are more productive at home without constant meetings and other distractions.
Of course, there are downsides to working remotely. For instance, you may miss ongoing camaraderie with colleagues and feel lonely or isolated instead. And many working parents are more torn than ever between professional and family responsibilities due to school and daycare closures.
Working remotely can also impact your physical health. With more time available, some people have begun to exercise regularly for the first time in their lives. Unfortunately, many others are struggling to stay active these days.
If you work from home and need advice on fitting physical activity into your daily schedule, we can help. Below, check out our five tips on how to stay active at home. We also discuss why it is important to stay active and how it can benefit your vein health.
How to Stay Active While Working at Home
Let’s start by saying that you probably have the best intentions to stay active while working at home. However, we understand that life can get in the way. Here are several easy ways to stay active, exercise regularly, and promote better blood circulation during these unusual times.
1. Schedule Your Workouts
You’ve probably heard this adage before: “Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.” If you’re working from home, you can probably relate; although your commute is now non-existent and there should be enough time (and motivation!) for exercise –– somehow, there never is.
Instead of making new excuses day after day, we suggest scheduling your workouts first thing in the morning. That way, no matter what happens during work hours, your health will always be your top priority.
When you exercise regularly, you will experience both immediate and long-term health benefits. These include physical, cognitive, and emotional ones, which we will discuss further below.
2. Move Around
Don’t click “Buy Now” on that standing desk, though; it may not be much better.
Sitting –– and standing –– for prolonged periods are major risk factors for the development of vein disease, or venous insufficiency. Vein disease is the underlying cause of varicose and spider veins. It can lead to other serious health conditions like blood clots and venous ulcers, or open, non-healing wounds.
We recommend moving around at least every 45 to 60 minutes throughout the day. To help you remember, set an alert on your smartphone or computer. When it chimes, be sure to get up, stretch, and walk around. Another helpful technique is to walk while you talk. In other words, get out of your chair and away from your desk whenever you get a phone call.
Keep in mind that physical activity helps promote better blood circulation. This can help you avoid issues like varicose vein-related pain and swelling in your lower extremities.
3. Wear Loose, Comfortable Clothing
Good riddance to the days of high heels and poorly fitted dress shoes! For better vein health, we advise that you avoid wearing tight-fitting and restrictive clothing or footwear. Instead, go barefoot at home or wear comfortable, low-heeled shoes. You should also avoid constrictive clothing, other than prescribed compression socks.
In general, wearing more forgiving items will allow greater blood flow throughout your legs, ankles, and feet. This can prevent you from developing venous issues in the future.
4. Avoid Mindless Munching
Although we certainly encourage you to move around, it may be helpful to avoid walking into the kitchen too often. If you constantly reach into the refrigerator or open the pantry, this can lead to trouble.
Maintaining a healthy Body Mass Index (BMI) is key to managing your vein health. Being obese or overweight increases your risk of developing vein disease, so try to control excess snacking. Instead, stick to regular mealtimes and reach for low-calorie, healthy snacks like fresh fruits and vegetables when you are hungry.
5. Elevate Your Feet
One benefit of working from home is that it’s easier to put your feet up. This practice can help reduce painful and uncomfortable varicose vein symptoms like swelling, aching, itching, and cramping. It can also help keep things from getting worse.
To discover relief from venous symptoms, elevate your feet above the heart. Try lying flat on your back on the floor with your feet propped up on a chair or sofa. You can also try lying down on your bed or a sofa, using several pillows to raise your feet.
Why Is It Important To Stay Active?
It is possible to enjoy a range of health benefits when you stay active at home. Some of these include greater energy levels, better concentration, higher self-esteem, and improved sleep quality.
When it comes to improving your overall vein health, staying active can help you to:
- Relieve pain and discomfort due to varicose veins
- Discover greater mobility
- Maintain a healthy BMI
- Improve your blood circulation
- Avoid developing additional varicose and spider veins
- Reduce risks for serious issues like blood clots and venous ulcers
USA Vein Clinics: Keeping Your Veins Healthy
To learn more about staying active to improve vein health, consider visiting one of our world-class vein specialists. At USA Vein Clinics, we offer 90 locations nationwide and treat a range of potentially dangerous venous conditions.
Our minimally-invasive, office-based vein treatments can be performed in just 15 to 30 minutes. You can leave immediately afterward and return to most normal activities. Most major health insurance plans cover our leading treatment techniques, which include: