You do have to be realistic, though. Your daily movement is likely going drop, there are less places to go and less things to do. You are more than likely going to have to make some adjustments to accommodate for this. That’s why it’s important to remain as active as possible.
Stay active for weight loss
If you’re still at work and your routine is pretty much the same, your daily activity may not be affected too much. However, if you’re now working from home, or you are no longer working at all, your daily activity undoubtedly took a hit. Every little detail about your regular day contributes to your activity levels. Getting to and from work. Going out for lunch. Taking the stairs at the office. It all keeps you moving and burning calories. Take that away and you’re no longer burning as much energy on a daily basis.
The best way to track this is with an activity tracker (Apple Watch, FitBit, etc). If you were getting 12,000 steps per day on a regular work day, but now you’re only getting 3,000 – you need to change something up.
Aim to stay as close to your regular work day as possible. While it may not be practical to still get 12,000 steps per day – aiming for 9,000, for example, is a great place to start. Try sprinkling in a few short walks everyday. Go for a 10min walk before you start working, then a 10min walk after you eat lunch and a 10min walk once you clock off.
Or even go for a longer 30min+ walk at any of those times. If you’re walking at a steady pace, you’ll likely get about 700-1000 steps per 10mins.
What if you don’t have an activity tracker? The same rule applies. Try to stay as active as you were before – you just won’t know the exact numbers. 30-60mins+ of walking per day, plus regular exercise sessions should be plenty to keep your weight in check.