Category Archives: Family: Tips & Activities

Deskercise

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Sitting at a desk all day can lull your body in a dormant state but there are myriad ways to stretch, keep your circulation flowing and exercise while you work!
 

Shopping List at the end of the tips!

 

Stretching/Improve Circulation:

  • Wooden foot rollers are awesome for stimulating circulation.
  • Non-electronic neck massagers that work like crab cracking tools are great for tight neck muscles. We found the opposite to be true of vibrating neck massagers which tend to result in headaches and disorientation.
  • A resistance band can be put around both knees for a great glute and thigh exercise while you work.
  • Point your toes and then curl them back towards you.
  • Cross one ankle over the other legs knee then push your knee down for a great hip stretch.
  • Sitting on the edge of your chair, extend one leg out to the side and lean in that direction to stretch your abductor muscles on your inner thighs and also your lower back muscles.
  • This next one is going to sound crazy but it’s a personal favorite. Perform the classic song, YMCA, from your desk. It stretches your back, neck and arms beautifully and will also put you been a profoundly good mood. Pro-tip: alternate the direction of the “C” so that you stretch both sides
  • Also helpful to stretch your back, is sitting on the edge of your chair and placing your chest against your thighs for an extended amount of time.

Exercise & Strengthen Your Muscles:

  • Small pedaling machines have been designed to sit right under your desk and rovide a great office workout.
  • Lifting your feet off the floor while sitting at your desk are like mini crunches which work your abs, lower back, thighs and glutes. This can be enhanced by leg weights. Try this exercise while you work with each leg individually or both at the same time.
  • Alternate clenching and releasing the muscles in your stomach and your rear end to exercise while you work.
  • Dumbbells on either side of your desk chair can be used while reading documents or video conferencing but careful with the straining face while zooming lest your co-workers think you’re in the bathroom.

Desk Chair Alternatives:

  • Use a yoga ball throughout the day or permanently replace your office chair with it. It can reportedly help your posture and the constant, but small, movement of maintaining balance can strengthen your core.
  • Another alternative to the traditional seat is an ergonomic kneeling chair where you’re actually kneeling forward onto a padded knee rest.
  • Last but not least we would be remiss if we did not mention stand-up desks. This concept has been a long time coming and is an excellent alternative for people who don’t have to be at their desk for 8 hours a day. Although a revolutionary idea, it is definitely not something that everyone will love. If you’re contemplating a stand-up desk but you’re not sure how you’re going to feel about it, we recommend purchasing one that is convertible.

Don’t forget your eyes!

  • Exercise your eyes and avoid eye strain by following the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes spend 20 seconds gazing at something 20 ft away.

Note: If you have any kind of injury or hand, wrist or arm strain such as carpal tunnel you should definitely consult a physician before doing any type of exercise especially ones your arms or hands.

 

Shopping List: 

 
 

 

Shiatsu Neck Massager:

 

Resistance Bands:

 

Dumbells:

 

 

Mini Cycle Bike/Pedaling Machine

 

 

 

Yoga Ball:

 

 

Ergonomic Kneeling Chair with Back Support: 

 

Adjustable Convertible Stand-up Desk: 

Check out our other Home Office Tips

Zoom Times

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It’s 9 a.m. and you’re in the middle of an important Zoom meeting. The camera sitting on top of your desk is focused on on your face then suddenly the midsection of your husband appears wearing nothing but a short t-shirt that says”Baby Maker”. Oops! Follow these video conferencing tips and you’ll avoid becoming a viral meme for picking your nose during the conference!

There are definitely do’s and don’ts of video conferencing. Here are just a few:

Do

  • Speak clearly. 
  • Take the time to make sure your background is uncluttered. No one needs to see the pair of TUESDAY underwear on the top of the laundry pile over your shoulder, 
  • Dress appropriately…at least the parts that can be seen! But it only takes a quick search to see the number of times the camera picks up angles that you don’t realize. So go ahead and throw on a pair of pants to be safe.
  • Keep body movements to a minimum, too much moving around can create a distraction for the other Zoom meeting participants. 
  • Maintain eye contact by looking directly into the camera, not at yourself on screen. We know it’s hard…you’re so cute!.
  • Mute your mic when there are unavoidable interruptions at home.

Don’ts

  • Speak too loudly. Most microphones are extremely sensitive. We can hear you.
  • Interrupt other speakers. It can be difficult to find the right place to speak during a video conference. We’ve all been in the situation when two people start to talk at the same time. Then they both stop to let the other speak. Then they both start again. ARGH! Set some rules at the beginning of the Zoom meeting. Everyone should have dedicated time to speak and avoid talking over top of one another. If you ask a question that more than one person is going to answer, call each person by name to let them know it is their turn. We’re not saying the meeting needs to be stuffy – but a little but of structure can make it much more efficient.
  • Carry on side conversations within conference.
  • Make the mistake of thinking your camera is off when it’s on. We’ve all seen the lady going to the bathroom and the guy getting a little personal. Don’t be the next person who goes viral after forgetting the camera is on!

We know you’re going to become a video conference pro! 

Check out our other tips for your home office!

Power Down

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Many people spend their whole day working on a computer. They exercise watching television or a tablet or listening to a podcast. They drive a car with sophisticated navigation systems and help their kids with school work on their phones, tablets and computers. They talk on the phone, browse through social media, shop online and then fall asleep watching Netflix.
We are not suggesting that you stop or even severely cut down on any of this. We are however suggesting that you take some down time whenever you can and very consciously enjoy the moments when you are truly unplugged.

Baby Boss

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Remember when “Bring your kids to work day” was just one day a year? For some of us those days are gone forever. Your life has become the sequel to Groundhog’s Day only you don’t get to kiss Andie McDowell at the end. Trying to work with your kids in the same room can be very frustrating for you and even more frustrating for them. Setting boundaries and schedules should alleviate some of the distraction for you and the distress for your children. If you have the kind of job where you need to put in a certain amount of hours but not necessarily in a chunk each day, consider doing an hour on and a half hour off of work. Having a physical timer that your kids can see might also alleviate some of the interruptions. If the kids have chores or tasks you can promise to take a break when they’re finished. If they’re reading or doing school work you can take a break upon completion of an assignment.
Don’t be afraid to ask older kids to run errands and do prep work for dinner. “Rewards” is the buzz word for the day!

The Art of the Meal

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Stop eating while you work.
Here are six good reasons why:
1. You’re likely to overeat since you’re not looking at your meal as a stand alone event. Events have a beginning middle and end.
2. It’s good to give your brain a little break time.
3. Stepping away to eat adds a little variety to your day.
4. It’s not good for your back or circulation to sit on the same chair in the same position for hours on end.
5. Lunch time gives you a chance to socialize with family or even phone a friend.
6 Get out and get a little sunshine take a mini walk or sit on the porch and get some sunshine and fresh air.
 

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Having a family isn’t all its cracked up to be, so you need to find the perks where you can. 

This is a total shameless promo post…but a benefit to Amazon Prime that we just found out about and are shouting to the rooftops. 

When you sign up for Amazon Family, you get discounts on family staples like diapers and baby food that get delivered straight to your door. That means no putting on pants to go to the store and no worry of your child going hungry.