How to keep your fitness up while you work from home
When you’re a freelancer, it’s logical to expect that most of your day is spent at your desk. You probably don’t take many breaks either. Companies require their employees to spend eight or so hours a day at a desk to boost productivity and profitability.
But when you’re a freelancer, there is no company forcing you. So why do you insist on being stationary for 8 hours straight?
If you’re not a freelancer and you’re simply working from home due to the pandemic that’s currently ravaging us. These tips still apply; let’s get into five easy desk-exercises that you can do while you work from home.
All images are courtesy of Sammy Courtright’s article she did on office exercises. I’m listing 5, but you can read her article here if you’d like to see 25 desk exercises.
First things first, you’re going to need a non-wheeled chair to do this, don’t make the same mistake I did.
Make sure your hands are facing forwards, your palms are flat on the chair seat, and your elbows are straight. Proceed to lower yourself up and down. Keep your back as straightforward and as close to the chair as possible. It should look like this.
Do 20 reps.
This one’s a real muscle burner, but it is very effective.
Your feet should be shoulder-width apart and your arms extended out flat. Make sure your arms are in line with your shoulders.
Circle your arms backward 2o times, then circle them forward 20 times. It should look like this.
If your desk is made out of bubbles, then this exercise won’t be sturdy enough for you. Otherwise, this one a real shower-offer! Not that anyone will be able to see you.
You’re going to have to take a few steps backward. Place your hands flat on your desk and have your arms be out a little wider than shoulder-width. I’d explain how to do push-ups further, but I’m willing to assume you already get the gist of it.
Regardless, it would be best if you were looking a little like this. Twenty reps should do the trick.
If your desk is made of bubbles, here’s an alternative for you.
It’s essentially the same as desk push-ups; the only pointer I can give is to tense your abs. This will keep your back straighter, which is harder to do on wall push-ups then it’s desk counter-part.
Do 20 reps.
Civilized Bicycle Crunches
I’ve never understood why they were called bicycle crunches. Oh well, at least now that you’re actually ‘seated,’ the titular bicycle has some meaning.
Despite my trepidation about the name, this is one of my favorite desk-exercises.
Make sure your feet are flat on the floor and place your hands behind your head. Lift one knee towards your opposite-side elbow. Twist your body down towards your coming knee so that your opposite elbow can meet it. That is the crunch. You will then return to your normal position and repeat.
Do this 15 times, then repeat it to the other side.
That about sums it. I hope you find some use out of these tips to keep you active during your sedentary lifestyle.
I also have another article on how to be healthy and fit as a freelancer. You can read it here: 4 Tips To Stay Fit As A Freelancer