HAVE YOU JOINED THE REMOTE WORKFORCE?
Even just a few years ago, this was something that might not have been that common. But with the advances in technology and communication, companies have really taken advantage of this method of employment- and so have employees. The perks of working from home- especially as a full-time mother and student, allows for women like myself to enjoy helping with the family while also making a decent income.
There are some downsides though and as the years have passed, I have noticed that I have become less active. I had to make some changes as my new work also came with the drawback of my body sitting for very long period of time- with little exercise or action to speak of :0 I've come up with some awesome, easy exercises that anyone can do and they are perfect for those that work from home/remotely as well :) Make sure to see what they're all about below!
THE BEAUTY CLOSET'S EASY EXERCISES FOR STATIONARY WORKERS:
- First things first: For exercise or what I like to call "active time": take about 5 minutes of each of your available breaks that you have throughout the day and 12-15 minutes of your lunch/dinnertime as well. Make sure to switch up what you do; for example: I like to do a brief cardio on my longer break/lunch and stretching or a couple of easy exercises on my smaller breaks.
- Desk Leg Squats: these are incredibly easy to do right where you are at- I even like to do a couple in between a call or while I am loading up my tools on my system. Utilize the desk by moving your chair far enough away for you to be able to squat down and then use both hands for stability and perform squats on each leg- reps of either 5 [for short breaks] or 15 on each leg during a much larger break, adding another 10 reps while doing both legs at the same time.
- Wall Arm Presses- while facing the wall, take one of you arms and stretch it out in front of you and plant your hand on the wall- do this while standing straight up and ensure your arm is straight out. Plant both of your feet together, side by side [while still at arm's length] and then turn then parallel to the wall. Take your arm furthest from the wall and bend it towards the wall and plant your palm flatly on it- bend your arm at your neck's length while doing this. Put your opposing arm down by your side and utilize your planted arm to press and bend towards the wall. I usually complete a few reps up to 20 reps on each arm [switch sides by turning around] on longer breaks. You may also place your feet away from the wall further, which increases the slant and difficulty of resistance.
- Get an exercise ball office chair :0 I'm sure you're thinking...sure...yeah right! No way am I trying that. However, I can attest to personal experience that not only are these things fantastic if use properly for office chairs, there are many companies out there today like OfficeSupply and Gaiam that create some awesome creations. These newest innovations in office chairs is half chair, half exercise ball with with a partial back support and/or arms that are available options and come standard with some models. The pricing ranges anywhere from around $80- $140, which is about what I initially spent on my first couple of office chairs for home and they were nothing special! Grab a pair of light barbells ranging from 5-15 lbs.ea. and do some quick reps with your arms like arm curls.
- Time to just stretch your legs? Do just that! Swivel your chair around or sit down another surface that's flatter if your prefer and lift your leg straight out in front of you and hold for a few seconds with each leg. Increase the length of time that you hold out each leg straight and do up to 15 reps for both legs. This will keep your circulation going and also aid in toning your legs.