Working from Home: Work it Out
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Mary Parker

Working from Home: Work it Out

Resources for exercising at home 

This is the third in a series of posts where we will discuss the various aspects of working from home. For anyone who cannot work from home: we are so grateful for everything you are doing to keep us safe, fed, operational, and healthy. We hope that by staying out of your way as much as possible, we can contribute in turn to your safety and health. 

It is surprising how much moving and stretching I do without realizing it. Just getting in the car and going to work, browsing for T-shirts at Target, and walking to the deli to pick up dinner were apparently enough to keep me reasonably limber on days when I didn’t go to the gym. Take all of those activities away, including the gym, and I wake up stiff and sore. 

Now, I actually have to think about it. I have to remember to get up and stretch, or use my bike desk, or take the dogs for an extra-long walk away from people. I am not a coach, but I have researched a round-up of advice on exercising from home. Remember – this is not only good for your body, but is good for your stress levels. Take care of yourself! 

Stretching 

The 21 Best Stretching Exercises for Better Flexibility - This guide from Self magazine includes videos and gallery images for all kinds of stretches for lots of body parts. Tight hips? Sore shoulders? Stiff legs? They’ve got you covered. 

6 Yoga Poses That Age Well - For seniors, WebMD has advice from Jessica Matthews, assistant professor of exercise science at Miramar College in San Diego. 

Top 15 Stretching Exercises For Kids - Mom Junction has advice (with pictures!) for stretches for kids. Give them something to do that isn’t running circles around your desk. 

Workouts 

A working-from-home workout: 5 simple barre moves to keep you toned - These exercises don’t need a ballet barre to perform, nor do they require much room.  

Yoga with Adriene - If you are really into Yoga, Adriene has you covered. She offers YouTube sessions for a range of ability levels, as well as a few simple exercises just for meditating. 

Planet Fitness - This gym chain’s YouTube channel offers recordings of exercises that can be done at home. Remember to be kind if you have downstairs neighbors – keep the jumping jacks to a minimum at midnight. 

Remember 

1) Be careful with all exercises – make sure you are wearing appropriate footwear, keep away from breakable objects, and pay attention to what your body is telling you. 

2) Make physical activity part of your daily routine. Even if it is just stretching before bed, make sure to keep it up. 

3) Get creative – deep clean your basement, scrub your tub, rearrange your closet. Exercise can be productive! And you may not have weights, but you might have empty milk jugs to fill with water, or cans of soup, or bags of dog food. Try a bicep curl with a bottle of olive oil!