Working from home on Mondays makes you feel slower, research claims – but starting the week with a workout class can help you overcome the gloom.
- Research from the London-based company Fitness, which first found that working from home at the beginning of the week can make us more sluggish and stressed
- A poll showed that people who train on a Monday often feel more motivated and productive – even if you work remotely
- More than half of the people who do not exercise on Mondays end up feeling tired and ‘keeping up’ in life and work, research claims
New research shows that working from home on Mondays can cause destruction of our health habits.
A poll by the British fitness company Fitness First claimed that staff who went into the office in the middle of the week instead of starting the week in the office and then working remotely often had more lax eating and exercise habits.
Psychologist and wellness expert Charlotte Armitage explained that people indulge in the weekend to reward themselves for the hard work they provide during the week.
She said the hybrid work structure that has emerged due to working from home means people start the week at home and feel more sluggish.
People who work from home on Mondays are less likely to exercise and more likely to feel sluggish and unmotivated to work, research from the British fitness company Fitness First has found. Stock image
Fitness First said that people who start their week with a Monday workout even though they work from home are more likely to feel productive than the people who work out towards the weekend.
The study showed that working from home on Mondays had seen people kickstart their weekly routine later than they would if they started the week by going into the office.
And starting the week working from home also means people are taking more time to shake off the weekend and gather the motivation they need to have a successful week.
Over a third of the people who participated in the research said that starting their week of exercise on a Monday has a positive impact on their mental and physical health throughout the week.
People who train early in the week and are more likely to feel motivated and are likely to train later in the week, stock picture
And nearly half of the people who start the week with a workout said it makes them more likely to work out later in the week.
However, more than half of the people who do not exercise on Monday admitted that they feel more demotivated, tired and weary.
Elsewhere, a third of the population also admitted covid-19-induced restriction and exercise from home, making it harder for them to feel compelled to exercise early in the week.
Charlotte Armitage, who worked with Fitness First on the research, said: ‘A contributing factor influencing our level of motivation is the traditional structure of the working week in the UK.
“Given that many people want weekends as downtime, this is filtered through into changes in diet and exercise when we allow ourselves a weekend to pamper as a reward for working hard all week,” she said.
“This over-indulgence can make us feel sluggish when the week starts again. Committing to exercise can be a great way to rejuvenate mind and body to prepare for the coming week.
“The seasons of the year naturally have an impact on our energy level. At this time of year, the lack of sunlight and cold weather can make it difficult to be motivated, and this is further exacerbated by the impact of the pandemic, ‘she continued.
SICK KNEE WHILE WORKING AT HOME? PUT YOUR LEGS UP ON THE WALL
Why pain occurs:
‘In older people, knee pain is rarely the fault of the knee, except for arthritis changes,’ says physiotherapist Nell Mead. ‘If the foot or hip is weak, the knee suffers. So it’s important to improve those areas. ‘
What you can do:
- Roll your feet: ‘If the feet are stiff when they land, the shock is transferred to the knees,’ says Nell Mead. ‘Rolling each foot for 30 seconds on a tennis ball can relax the muscles, which helps with flexibility.’
- Push off as you walk: ‘Land on the back of your foot and roll through to ease the pressure on your knee as you walk,’ says Nell Mead.
- Tighten each buttock: “If you can not tie each buttocks separately, it is a sign of hip weakness that will be transferred to the knee,” says Nell Mead. ‘You have to work with the buttocks: try exercises like bridges [see hips, above]. ‘
- Lie down with your feet up: ‘The muscles of the thigh and lower leg cover the knee, if these are tight, they can pull bones closer and cause pain,’ says Nell Mead. ‘To relax these muscles, lie on your back with your feet up against the wall. Keep your feet straight for 30 seconds, then point your toes together and out for half a minute each. ‘
Lie with your feet up