Ironically, working from home can be exhausting. Despite the fact that millions of people around the world no longer have to get up early to commute, fall in line for the next elevator or put up with long queues in the building cafeteria, people still feel very tired.
According to Cris Chong, national personal training manager for Fitness First Singapore, it can have something to do with the fact that people are moving less. This affects mobility, increases tightness in muscles and it impacts both mental and emotional health.
“Work is fundamentally social, and human connection is an important part of the work experience,” said Chong. “Working remotely, or in isolation, reduces our network and we get exhausted because we’re not energized by the regular connections that we are used to – for both introverts and extroverts alike.”
Different experts also believe that many work-from-home arrangements have thrown people’s routines off, making them spend too much time in bed and too much time online, which can also greatly affect people’s energy levels.
Furthermore, there’s the fact that this is a difficult time for everyone in the world right now, and many people are feeling anxious that the world is going through a pandemic.
While staying home is the main thing you can do to help with the fight against COVID-19, there are ways to raise your energy levels right in your living room. You won’t even need fancy gym equipment to do these five energy-boosting, 15-minute workouts. (Related: Too busy to go to the gym? Try these 10-minute workouts instead.)
Mountain climbers will strengthen your shoulders and your core muscles. You don’t need any equipment to do this exercise.
Squat and press exercises will target your shoulders, thighs and core muscles. You will need dumbbells or two items that can substitute for them, such as two filled water bottles of the same weight.
As its name suggests, this exercise can help improve your shoulder mobility. You will need some kind of long stick for this exercise, such as a broom, a mop or a stick vacuum cleaner.
A single arm row will target your back and core muscles. You will need a dumbbell or an item that can substitute for it, and a sofa.
These crunches will strengthen your core. You will need a sofa or any other place you can comfortably sit down.
Chong says these five workouts won’t just give you an energy boost, they can also improve your cardiovascular fitness, flexibility, strength and intramuscular coordination.
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