Homeworker who planned to use saved commuting time for ‘exercise’ celebrates adding fourth inch to waist

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A man who has been working from home since the first lockdown, and who resolved to use the time he no longer spends commuting to engage in a daily exercise regime, has today celebrated adding a fourth inch to his waist.

Simon Williams, 45, was fortunate to see his office-based role move to a home-working one in March this year, freeing up approximately ten hours a week that he would no longer be spending in the car.

He told us, “Back at the end of March when we all got told to work from home, I realised that by not commuting I would be saving just over two hours every single day – so I resolved to spend at least one of those hours exercising.

“I think it’s fair to say I started really well, and by the end of the second day I had indeed used two of those hours to exercise.  By the end of the second week, I had still only used two hours of exercise.

“That number stayed pretty much the same throughout the summer.”

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Williams went on to explain that his new home-based routine had become ever more sedentary, despite the best efforts of people like Joe Wicks.

He told us, “Not having to fit into a suit for Zoom calls and spending an even greater number of hours sat down has clearly had an effect.

“But I don’t want you to think I’m not looking after my health – I am aware of deep vein thrombosis, so I do get up every single hour for a quick walk.  Normally it’s to the cupboard get a biscuit.”