Working from home is a luxury many can’t afford. But those who do work from home are at a higher risk of getting out of shape.

This is especially true if all of your work is done in the comfort of your home. Just imagine, you’re able to wake up when you want, eat when you want and you never even have to get dressed. The rules of the office don’t apply here, which makes it harder to keep good health while working from home.

Of course, this doesn’t mean it’s entirely impossible. It just takes some dedication and consistency. If you’re currently a WAH (work at home) entrepreneur or planning to become one, then this article is for you.

Let’s take a look at how you can enjoy the best of both worlds – working at home and leading a healthy life. Here are 8 things you can start doing right away to ensure this is true for you.

1. Buy a Desk Cycle

Now, there are various gadgets you can get your hands on to help maintain good health and fitness levels. One of them is the desk cycle. And just as it sounds, it’s a cycle you can use while sitting at your desk.

It’s a small device you use to pedal while sitting down. You can set it at various resistance levels to increase the intensity as your legs grow stronger.

It’s a good idea to use such a product daily about two to three times for short 15-minute sessions. This isn’t a set-in-stone guideline, you can make up your own rules for working out with your desk cycle.

Just make sure you’re committing to using it whenever you’re working.

2. Get a Stand-Up Desk

You’ve likely seen these in innovative offices that aim to keep their employees healthy. With a stand-up desk, you don’t need a chair because you’re standing up the entire time.

This may sound uncomfortable at first, but don’t knock it until you try it. A lot of folks love this type of desk because it makes them more productive. There’s just something about sitting down all day that makes us lazy.

Maybe this can help you get more work done, while at the same time improving your leg stamina and strength.

3. Have a Set Schedule for Meals and Snacks

When you’re working from home, it’s easy to gain weight and lose muscle. That’s because you’re sitting down the majority of the time and eating throughout the day.

At work, you get one lunch and maybe a snack. However, when you’re at home, you may find yourself wandering into the kitchen more than once or twice. Some folks even have a goodie bag (or mini fridge) in their office.

The key to good health is having healthy habits. You can start by creating times for your meals and snacks. Stick to this so you don’t end up nibbling on one too many bags of chips as you’re working.

It’s also a good idea to make no eating at your desk a rule. This way, you can disassociate your workspace from the kitchen table.

4. Remember to Get up Once Every Hour

When you’re working from home, you can expect for your days to be longer than usual. Most entrepreneurs put in overtime to finish projects faster. However, this mindset means you’re on your rear end for 8+ hours daily.

To counter this, you should try remembering to get up once every hour. It’s also good to get out of the house daily. It’s critical to be active daily so your muscles and joints are stretched and moving.

It also doesn’t hurt to get some vitamin D from the sun and a bit of fresh air.

5. Work Exercising into Your Schedule

It’s great that you have a schedule for working and eating, but what about exercise? You work from home, which means you have flexibility. However, this can also make you less flexible, if you allow it to.

Be sturdy in your determination to stay healthy. This means setting aside time to work out for at least 30 minutes daily. You can try doing this first thing in the morning, mid-day or after your finish work.

Treat your exercises as you would an important meeting – set timers and reminders on your apps to ensure you don’t miss them.

6. Create a Healthy Work-Life Balance

For many, this is easier said than done. You’ll find many companies are still trying to figure this one out. However, it should be a lot easier for you since you’re one person. You know your needs within your personal life and work life.

Now, it’s up to you to try and figure out a healthy balance between the two. The key is to stick to the schedule you create for your personal life so you can maintain a good balance. Be mindful of how many hours you’re putting into work each day.

7. Buy Only Healthy Snacks and Meals

It’s bad enough your office is only a hop and skip away from the kitchen. If you’re going to be tempted to go in there to eat, make sure it’s stocked up with healthy meals and snacks.

This way, you won’t have to worry about overeating junk food and putting on more than a few pounds. If you’re intent on buying junk, make sure it’s out of sight.

And if you’re dealing with some poundage that’s hard to get rid of, you can always give skin MD sculpting a try.

8. Get Dressed like You’re Going to the Office

This may sound like the exact opposite of what you expected your WAH life to be like, but you can’t work and have meetings in your pajamas.

Well, you could, but it’s ill-advised. The reason is that what you wear has symbolic meaning. If you’re sitting around in PJs, guess what you’re going to want to do – rest and sleep.

If you’re wearing a suit or outfit you’d wear to work, then this will change your perspective and mindset.

This is important to ensure you’re active throughout the day so you maintain good health.

The Key to Working from Home in Good Health

These are all great tips for maintaining a healthy mind and body. Working from home is tougher than you think, especially when you take into account your health.

It’s essential to stop bad habits and adopt good ones so you can lead a happier, healthier life.

You can also visit Working Home Guide to learn more tips about being an entrepreneur.

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What are some tools to use for effective decision making? originally appeared on Quora – the knowledge sharing site where questions are answered by people with unique insights. This answer was shared by Charles Duhigg, staff writer for the New York Times and author of Smarter Faster Better, on Quora:

Here is what scientific studies say will help you make better decisions:

Thinking through various, contradictory possibilities, and then trying to force yourself to figure out which ones are more or less likely, and why. (This is known as probabilistic thinking, and studies show that it significantly increases the quality of people’s decision making.)

Say, for instance, that you are trying to decide whether your group of rebels should attack the Death Star. Seems like an easy decision, right?

After all, the Death Star is filled with jerks, and it has a big glaring weakness (that apparently no architect considered when designing the ship): one well placed shot can blow up the entire thing.

If you are some hillbilly from Tatooine, you’ll charge off into space. You’ll think about this decision in binary terms (“The Empire=bad. The rebels=good. What can go wrong?”)

But, if you are practiced at decision making, you’ll probably do something a bit differently: you’ll sit down with Adm. Ackbar, and you’ll try to envision the dozens of different outcomes that are possible. (“We could get defeated before we make it to the ship. We could make it to the ship and not have enough X-wings.

We could have enough X-wings but then miss the shot. We could make the shot but our intel could be wrong. We could have good intel and make the shot and the Death Star blows up, but our reward is Jar Jar Binks…” You get the point.)

Now, here’s the thing: you aren’t going to be very precise at assigning probabilities to all those possibilities. (“What are the odds that our intel is bad?”) But forcing yourself to think through all the possibilities and then simply TRYING to assign odds will be really helpful in revealing what you do and don’t know.

So, maybe you are pretty certain that your intel is good, and maybe you are pretty certain that, if they can get close to the Death Star, your pilots will hit the target (because, after all, you’ve got the force on your side), but you aren’t particularly certain that you have enough X-wings to make sure that you’ll get close to the Death Star.

Now you know which parts of your plan are weakest, you know what you need to learn more about and what problems you need to solve to increase the odds of success.

Our brains, left to their own devices, prefer to think about choices in binary terms. (And, from an evolutionary standpoint, this is really efficient.)

But to make better decisions, we have to force ourselves to think probabilistically – AND THEN WE NEED TO GET COMFORTABLE WITH THE FACT THAT PROBABILISTIC THINKING TENDS TO REVEAL HOW MUCH WE DON’T KNOW.

It is scary to confront uncertainty. It can make you crazy and anxious. That’s why it is so much easier to look at choices as binary options (“I’ll either succeed or fail”) or deterministic outcomes (“I ended up married to her because she was my soulmate.”)

But if you genuinely want to make better decisions, you have to fight that instinct, and make yourself think about multiple possibilities – both the good and the bad – and be really honest with yourself about what you do and don’t know (and what is knowable and unknowable.)

And then you have to take a leap, and make a decision, and see it as  an experiment that gives you data, rather than a success or failure that you should congratulate yourself on/beat yourself up about.

Because, unfortunately, the force doesn’t really exist. But probabilities do.

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Starting up is hard. But if you don’t pursue your dreams, you’ll never know if it stand the chance to success. Dreams are all we have. Take them seriously.

The bitter truth is that most entrepreneurs fail to get their businesses off the ground. All the insanely successful stories you have been reading about are true but if you ask them, they will honestly tell you that it hasn’t been easy. The real challenge for any entrepreneur isn’t getting started. It’s staying in business.

If you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur, go for it. Pursue your dreams. You don’t need permission to begin work that matters to you. You are worthy. You just need to believe it, get started and don’t stop.

You don’t have to choose between “doing what you love” and making a good living. You can have both. You can earn a living doing meaningful, profitable work that perfectly aligns with your skills, strengths and experience.

You may not be where you want to be at the moment, but if you are at least trying, you are better than everyone else who isn’t trying moving or making progress.

If you can identify with any of these signs, you have what it takes to launch your most amazing work. It doesn’t have to be perfect. Whether the outcome is magnificent or eternal, whether it changes people’s lives, changes the world, changes you or groundbreaking, it matters that you show up and give it a go. This infographic was created with Visme.

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