Tracy here, checking in and bringing you a few helpful tips to get you through the days feeling your best. Some of us are coming up on an entire month now of being social distanced at home. If you're like me, you've probably been floating on this invisible line of staying on track and completely derailing yourself. I've definitely been a little too indulgent a few too many times lately, but times are strange and we find ourselves justifying a little more than usual.
I thought I'd check in and share with you a few easy exercises I've started doing every day before I start my work day, and I think you'll really like them. I've noticed so many benefits even after just a couple of weeks: I have less anxiety, my mood has improved, my body aches are slowly relieving, and I haven't had a headache since I started doing them.
Do you have something you've been doing during the pandemic to feel better? I'd love to hear about it! Send me an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll feature you in my next blog ♥
5 Easy Desk Exercises
- Arm Circles
You can do this one seated, or standing! (But let's be real, we all need to stand up more, so just stand up). Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, arms extended straight out to sides at shoulder height. Move your arms in a small backward circle. Do 20 times in this direction, switch directions, and repeat! Easy!
- Chair Squats
Oh yeah, we're going right to squats. All you have to do is stand up from your chair, lower your body back down, stopping right before you sit back down. (Keep your weight in your heels to work those glutes). Then stand back up again. Repeat 10 times. For an extra push - do two rounds of 10!
- Calf Raises
This is an easy one to do, any time. Hold onto something for balance and support. Stand with your feet flat, and raise up on your tip-toes. Slowly lower yours heels back down. Repeat 10 times.
- Shoulder Raises
These are a great way to relieve tension in your neck. Raise your shoulders up toward your ear, hold for 10 seconds, and relax. For an even bigger stretch, do just one shoulder at a time, then alternate five times each.
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Don't forget to Stretch!
Stretching keeps the muscles flexible, strong, and healthy, and we need that flexibility to maintain a range of motion in the joints. Without it, the muscles shorten and become tight
Here are two of my favourite desk stretches:
- Shoulder Stretch
Clasp hands together above the head with palms facing up toward ceiling. Push your arms up, stretching upward. Hold for 2 to 3 deep breaths.
- Upper Back Stretch
Hold your arms out straight in front of you, palms facing down. Lower your head in line with your arms, and round the upper back while looking down toward the floor. Hold for 2 to 3 deep breaths.
A couple of bonus tips
- Take Frequent Walk Breaks
Okay, this isn't an exercise, or a stretch, to do at your desk, but it's a great one! Taking frequent walk breaks and the opportunity to get a breath of fresh air should be an integral part of everyone's day. Next time you're at your computer and feeling sleepy or lethargic, get up and walk to the next room – or even better, step outside and go for a quick walk (while following social distancing rules).
- Drink your water
You knew this would come up. Like the meme says: drink water, after all... humans are basically house plants with complicated emotions. Keeping on your water game will improve your bodily functions, as well as your emotions.
- Take your vitamins
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Stay inside, fam, and stay safe!