Staying Active While Working From Home

Staying Active While Working From Home

Here at Gateway Hills Fitness, we’re committed to your total wellness both inside and outside of the gym.  So, while many of us remain under stay at home orders, unable to maintain our regular fitness routines, we may be finding it challenging to keep up.  Sitting long hours behind a screen, unable to move the distances we’re accustomed to, and possibly making choices with our diet that are convenient more than ideal.

However, our team is here to help.  With these few simple guidelines and practices, you can maintain your lifestyle (somewhat) right from the comfort of your home desk.

Calf raises

One of the easiest ways to get yourself up out of the chair is to incorporate a standing exercise into your day.  Calf raises are simple and can be done anywhere at any time.  Slowly raising onto your toes, then back to the floor, try to complete 3 sets of 15 repetitions.

Seated leg raises

Even if you’re stuck sitting through hours of video meetings, you can still be active.  Seated leg raises involve an upright position and straightening your leg so that it’s parallel to the floor.  Try to squeeze, but not hyperextend the knee.  Hold this position for ten seconds and repeat on each side.  Aim for 12 – 15 reps per leg multiple times per day.

For more of a challenge, incorporate resistance bands or ankle weights.

Hand and wrist stretches

Chances are, you’re pounding away on those keys more than ever before.  If that’s the case, stretching both your fingers and your wrists is imperative several times throughout the day.  Take a few minutes to make a fist then extend your fingers and repeat.  This movement helps to relax the 34 tight muscles located within the hand and forearm.

Similarly, you need to give your wrists a break. There are a few ways to stretch your wrist.  The easiest is to incorporate a slow rolling motion as you stretch your fingers.  For the second method, you’ll want to extend your arms with your palms facing the ceiling.  Using the opposite hand to gently pull back on your fingers until you feel the stretch in your forearm.

Neck and shoulder tension

Many of us hold stress in our upper back and lower necks.  Combined with long sitting periods, this area (along with your back) can be the source of severe discomfort. With gentle shoulder raises, neck rolls, and back twists, you can alleviate some of this pain.

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By staying as active as possible while at home, you can increase mental performance, motivation, lower stress, and help to keep aches and pains at bay.  As always, you know your body the best, so listening to what it can and can’t do it crucial.  Take your routine at your own pace and gradually build and add to what you do.  

For more innovative ideas to total wellness, contact our team at Gateway Hills Fitness (603) 821-9168.

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