You’re moving a lot less and sitting more
Furthermore, “If you worked outside your home before this, the lower-than-usual level of activity can be a jolt to your body. “A lot of us are not moving as much as we normally would — we’re not walking to work, walking from our car to the office, or getting up and moving around an office,” Dr. Jessalynn Adam, an orthopedist with Baltimore’s Mercy Medical Center, tells Yahoo Life.
“The space between your home office and your kitchen is probably much smaller than it is at your normal work site. It’s very easy to move a lot less than you normally would in terms of daily activities.”
That can lead to a host of issues, including back pain, joint pain and muscle soreness. To combat it, Adam recommends getting up and walking around your place at regular intervals.
(You can even set an alarm to go off every hour or so to remind you.) Varying how you work can help, too, Dr. Arash Lavian, a physical medicine, rehabilitation and pain management specialist at Cedars-Sinai Kerlan-Jobe Institute in Santa Monica, Calif., tells Yahoo Life.
“You want to limit how much time you spend sitting behind a computer,” he says. Lavian recommends creating a space where you have your own standing desk (a kitchen island or stack of books on your kitchen table can work), and alternating your working hours between sitting and standing.”