Many people are still working from home, and if not, in general we are spending more time at home. Today’s tip for Fartlek Friday is about ways you can stay mobile while working from home. You can use these tips any time you are on a computer or even relaxing, like reading or watching TV!
Stay Mobile While You Work From Home
The idea is to not just sit in one position (seated in a chair) all day long. Work on mobility by getting into different positions. This will help you feel better for your runs and workouts. When you’re in these positions, move around a bit. Let me give you some examples.
Kneel at your desk
This is a great way to stretch out your hips! Either kneel on both knees, one knee (with the other in front), or even try putting you back foot up on a chair. Add a little lunging motion for an extra stretch.
Lay prone on the floor
This is basically laying your stomach, and if you want you can prop something under your stomach for a little extra support. It’s a great way to stretch out your back! Try pulling your foot up to your glute for a little quad stretch.
Sit on the floor
By sitting on the floor you are going to force yourself info different positions. Try sitting against a couch or a wall and putting your legs out straight in front of you to work on strengthening your back and stretching your hamstrings. You can put a pillow on your lap and put your laptop on there. If you have a hard time sitting like this, use something to sit on like a small pillow.
If you have a low coffee table or bench you can put your laptop on there and try sitting cross legged or in a low squat for a few minutes. You may not be able to stay in these positions for as long, but moving in and out of these different positions is great for the hips and back.
Bonus: Try other exercises while on calls
If you are in meetings or on calls with your camera off, wear some wireless headphones so you can move a little bit away from your computer. Use the time to do some mobility work, stretching, or yoga poses. Your body will appreciate it and you will be more energized to continue with your work day!
Remember, this doesn’t apply to just working from home! Try to incorporate these ideas to anything you are doing at home so you will feel better for your next run.
Do you sit at your desk all day when you work, or do you try to move around?
What’s your favorite way to sneak mobility work into your day?