Getting Exercise In While Working At Home

Almost every time I mention to someone that my job involves me working at home I normally get the same response.

“That must be nice.”

And yes, while it does have some definite highlights to it, there are a few negatives thrown in there as well, but I’ll save that for another post πŸ˜‰

One of the hardest things for me to do is actually get up from my computer. It’s easy in theory but when you have 3 different jobs happening at once, it seems like something is always going on. But no excuses…right?

Here’s some things that I do to make try to get to 10,000 steps when I’m at home

Tips to getting in exercise while working at home

Get a pedometer! I love my Fitbit and wear it all the time!

Make a workout schedule and stick to it. I did this for a little while and actually scheduled in my workout times and it worked really well. (Now to just get back to it!)

Set a timer to get up every hour and walk around a bit.


What I do is set an hourly timer on my phone and then by 1:00 (I’m a late riser since I stay up late for work most of the time), I aim to have 1,000 steps in, by 2:00, 2,000 steps, and so on.


However, there are days when I’m feeling ambitious. I’ll double the steps because want to be able to relax by the time I’m done with my work for the day and I’ll aim to get 2,000 steps by 1:00, 4,000 by 2:00, and so on.

While I’m not a competitive person, it’s nice to see where you stand with your friends if you have a Fitbit.

Take a walk around the neighborhood and get some fresh air in your system.

Have a bike? Hop on and make a loop or two.

If you work from home, you probably spend a lot of time sitting, so if you plan to watch TV at night or even during work breaks, walk in place! It may seem silly, but it won’t phase you after a while.

These steps led me to getting SO close to 10,000 steps. I’ll take it!


Do you work from home? How do you make sure you get up from the computer and get your walk on?

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  1. I just love this! It’s a great idea and a great way to work out at home. I admit (being a SAHM)it’s hard for me to do that, but I really need to try this and work it into my day πŸ™‚
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  2. You make it very hard to make excuses. #sitsblogging This is very inspirational
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  3. I totally hear where you are coming from. It was so much easier to convince myself to go to the gym when it was on my way home from work, rather than when I have to leave and make a special trip over there! I’m definitely considering a FitBit!
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  4. Great ideas! I have a treadmill desk that I LOVE! I keep it downstairs ( we have a more commercial type in our workout room) but the desk allows me to work, take courses on, etc. It’s fabulous. Fabulous article. #SITSBlogging

    • That’s awesome!! I keep trying to figure out a way to make a desk area on my treadmill because it’d be way easier to type and walk with a higher desk.

  5. This is brilliant. I have never heard of fitbit before, but it sounds like a tool I could definitely use. I’ve just given up refined sugar, which has been marvelous for me. It just makes me feel so much better! I want to start actively exercising AND just walking about, taking those steps… you helped me see the value in that! THANK YOU!
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    • That’s awesome that you’ve given up refined sugar! Congrats on that. And oh my goodness, I love my Fitbit! Thank you for stopping by and for your kind words!

  6. I do work from home and it is a one story house so that makes it harder. I have a Fitbit also and if I’m not careful I can end the day with less than 3000 steps! I have a program on my computer called Eyeleo that nags me to get up every hour and blacks out the screen every hour for 5 minutes (I can bypass it if working on something important).

    Also, I have a treadmill and a row in the bedroom and can go in there and hop on for a short burst of activity. Even short episodes add up. Finally, when weather permits, DH and I go for a long walk in our neighborhood in the afternoon.
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    • I totally understand about the 3,000 steps. It’ll get to be 7:00 and I look at my Fitbit and I’m shocked because I’ve been sitting the majority of the day πŸ™ I need to look into that program because you’re right, short bursts of activity can be the best!

  7. I work at home, as a blogger, wife and mother. In order for me to get my exercise in, I have to do it as soon as my husband walks out the door for work. When I get up, I put my workout clothes on, I don’t stay in my pajamas. Then I make his breakfast and lunch. He leaves and I start my workout. If I wait until later in the day, it just doesn’t get done. I get too wrapped up in other things. I don’t look forward to exercise, so this is my solution. #SITSBlogging
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  8. That’s an awesome idea! I bet I could handle the walking. I have a 4 year old who won’t leave me alone during a workout video (grabbing weights, laying on the mat, etc) so I stopped the routine I was doing so I need to find some way to get some exercise in.
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    • haha they just want to get involved and help you work out I guess. Walking in place makes it easy for me to write emails from my phone or play a little game for a few minutes or even watch TV.

  9. Since I just left my office job TODAY and am back to woring at home, this was a great post for me. Thanks! Just doing comment love from Sits! recently posted..Oh Hearts of Mine!

  10. Great info! Thanks for sharing.
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  11. Just like you I often find myself stuck to the computer working…that’s definitely one of the downsides of working at home – you never know when to quit! I really have to get better at getting up and moving. Thanks for the great tips! #SitsBlogging
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    • Exactly, you just never know when the best time is and then all of a sudden, it’s bed time. I hope you find the best way for you to get moving! And thanks for the kind words πŸ™‚

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