10 killer keep-fit hacks for remote workers
When you’re working remotely from the comfort of your own home, it can be tough finding time to get active.
However, with a little bit of creative thinking, your office can double as a dynamic workout space.
These 10 killer keep-fit hacks help you combat cabin fever and prevent you becoming a couch potato – limber up and let’s get cracking.
1. Hit the spot
If your floor space is limited, your best bet is to exercise on the spot with aerobic and bodyweight moves. So jog or run on the spot and go for the burn by banging out a few press-ups and sit ups at regular intervals.
2. Exercise chair
If you’re worried about exercise taking you away from your desk, this tip is tailor-made for you. By substituting your desk chair for an exercise ball, you’ll be able to build up your core strength as you deal with emails and draft documents.
Why trail to the gym stair climber machine if you’ve got a good set of steps at home? Walking up and down your stairs gives you a good cardio workout and helps tone those leg muscles too – so step to it!
4. Office yoga
Sitting at a desk all day can cause you a host of health problems, from muscle pain to weight gain. But yoga mitigates against these risks and promotes good posture – so hit the mat and start perfecting your cat/cow pose.
5. Desk planks
Desks aren’t just for working – they’re great for working out too. If your desk is nice and sturdy, clear your paperwork from it for a few minutes and use it as a fab flat surface for push-ups and planks.
6. Seated glute stretch
Weak glutes are a common side-effect of prolonged sitting. But by doing a seated glute stretch, you can keep your glutes in fine form from your chair. Simply place the ankle of one leg onto the knee of the other, keep your back straight and push gently on the top knee with your hand.
7. Wall handstand
Instead of staring aimlessly at blank walls when you’re lacking motivation, turn things completely around by doing a handstand against a wall. It’s fun, improves your core and upper body strength, boosts your musculoskeletal health and literally gives you a new perspective on the world.
8. Stapler curl
You can use desk items such as a stapler or water bottle as makeshift dumbbells – a few reps an hour will eventually get you bulging biceps like a Pumping Iron-era Arnie.
9. Get a (leg) raise
While a pay raise isn’t always guaranteed, a leg raise can be. While sitting, straighten out your legs and hold the pose for 10 seconds or until you feel those abs tightening – you’ll soon have a sizzling six pack.
10. Throw some shapes
Working remotely can be isolating at times, but with no colleagues around to judge you, it’s the perfect opportunity to unleash your inner dancer. So why not slip a seductive salsa, fabulous foxtrot or rampant running man into you working day? Busting a move is a brilliant way of burning calories.
Follow these 10 killer hacks and you’ll be healthy, happy and fighting fit – just don’t forget to fit in some actual work around your workout.