How to WFH and Make the Most of It

Working From Home, WFH, and not excited about it? Or, maybe you were and then you got to day three, five and it’s looking like it might be more indefinite than you think? Couple that with the fact that the store’s shelves are bare, you’re not supposed to be in them anyways. And, if you’re in a city like mine your favorite workout spaces, restaurants and bars are closed. WFH is starting to sound like the loneliest chapter in many lives. So, what can you do to make the most of it?

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  • March 18, 2020
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Working From Home, WFH, and not excited about it? Or, maybe you were and then you got to day three, five and it’s looking like it might be more indefinite than you think? Couple that with the fact that the store’s shelves are bare, you’re not supposed to be in them anyways. And, if you’re in a city like mine your favorite workout spaces, restaurants and bars are closed. WFH is starting to sound like the loneliest chapter in many lives. So, what can you do to make the most of it?

Here are some things I am doing and some of my friends are doing. Take what you need, leave the rest and be sure to let me know what you chose in the comments below!

  1. CLEAN OUT ALL YOUR DRAWERS, CLOSETS AND THOSE BOXES YOU’VE MOVED FROM PLACE TO PLACE. Yep, after you’ve had your share of Marie Condo on Netflix start to put those tips into practice. Does what’s in that box you’ve never opened up really bring you joy? Sell the good stuff to some consignment shops, donate the rest. Or, go offer it to the homeless in your neighborhood (my homeless community loves our old towels, sheets, unused toothbrushes from the dentist etc).
  2. COOK MORE! Ok, I heard the store’s shelves were bare but when I got back from my trip what I didn’t expect to see was all the healthy stuff left behind. Use the time you’re no longer commuting to finally try out those recipes. I’m no chef but Brad and I are having fun creating dinners with the leftovers that were at the store!
  3. ONLINE WORKOUTS! Yes, I know not the same as going to your favorite gym. Trust, I am missing my community. But, that’s why when I created OPC I built a community along with it. Every OPC member takes the same class as much as they want each week (yep you don’t have to figure out what class to take) and then they can share with the whole community in our MEMBERS ONLY Fb group what they loved, what they struggled with, what they slayed and inspire each other! It’s really freaking cool! And, the best part Pilates works your whole body out at one time! And, you just need enough space to lay on ground and move your body. Bonus: In March and April we are giving the intro series away for anyone who subscribes. So get your OPC workout on and connect with a bunch of Pilates lovers. You will feel the community vibes.
  4. READ! Here are the books I’ve been LOVING: The Big Leap, Catch and Kill, Educated, Braving the Wilderness, The 4 Agreements (I read it every year), You are a Badass and Traction (not sexy its a biz book), Profit First (also not fluff but may as well get down with some biz stuff).
  5. MEDITATE! I use the Calm App, but UCLA MARC has a free app with tons of mindfulness classes and guided meditations. And, my local UnPlug is no streaming all their meditations. So, if you ever wanted to meditate with them now you can!
  6. ADOPT A DOG: I know it sounds crazy but, you’re home. You can’t go very many places. It’s the best time to get a rescue used to you, your home and to have the company. Who said WFH had to be lonely.
  7. FACETIME FRIENDS:  seriously, make friend dates and cook, clean, walk and talk! Now is the time to reach out not recoil.
  8. DON’T SCROLL: Yep, I know it will be hard but you’re just gonna feel more alone scrolling. Pick up the phone and catch up with people IRL.
  9. DO THE THINGS YOU HAVE BEEN PUTTING OFF: hang the pictures, shred the mail, paint the wall. Seriously, this could be the most productive time you’ve ever had.
  10. REMEMBER YOU ARE NOT ALONE: it’s sooo easy to feel alone. But, you’re not. Everyone is feeling a bit alone right now. This is when we need to reach out to others more. And remember that community is what we make it.

What are you doing while you WFH to feel like you’re not waiting for the day when “life gets back to normal?” I would love to hear in the comments below.

We will get through this together loves!

xx~LL

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By lesley.logan

Lesley Logan, NCPT, is the founder of OnlinePilatesClasses.com, the first free online catalogue of Pilates exercise tutorial videos, where you can also find weekly online mat classes and workshops. When not teaching from her studio in Los Angeles, Lesley can be found traveling the world leading Pilates retreats, or offering Pilates business coaching to studio owners and other instructors through her private mastermind group. Connect with Lesley on instagram @lesley.logan or through the contact page on this site.

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SUCH A TEASE

ONLINE MAT & REFORMER PILATES CLASS DESCRIPTIONS:

Teaser is probably one of the most photographed exercises in Pilates. Which makes people think it's a "peak pose." But, it's anything but! It's simply another layer to your Pilates practice. This week we will acknowledge how each exercise contributes to your ability to do Teaser (someday) and then how Teaser teaches you where to get curious in your practice.

On the Mat we will use light weights for one round of Teaser as they can be helpful for those still adding into their practice.
No props on the Reformer.

See you in class,

xx~LL

MAT EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Your awesome self, light weights and a Mat!

>> Wondering what mat I’m using? You can find out more here.

REFORMER EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Your awesome self and a Reformer!

>> Wondering what reformer I’m using? You can find out more here.

UP, UP, & AWAY

ONLINE MAT, REFORMER, CADILLAC & WUNDA CHAIR PILATES CLASS DESCRIPTIONS:

We are all going to feel like Super Humans after this month!!

Whenever I’m in a hard exercise (for me) where I’m holding myself up with my arms and reaching my legs away I picture myself with super human strength!!! I can do ANYTHING! It makes me smile and helps me stay STRONG.

This month our exercise is Up Stretch and when you think about it - reaching your legs away and staying strong over the carriage may feel a lot like flying!

We’ll be focusing on stabilizing our strong cores while staying equally balanced in our arms and legs. We are giving you some amazing building blocks by merging strength and stretch in all directions. You are going to get a little bit of everything that you can use to connect to your Up Stretch (and even your Roll Up and Knee Stretches Off).

Chair: Please have a foam roller and a balance pad available. We are going to challenge your balance safely.

xx-LL

GATHER ROUND

Online Mat & Reformer Pilates Class Descriptions:

We gather good things in circles…friends, flowers, pie! So let’s get our circles on! In this week’s Mat and Reformer classes we’ll be focusing on how the size and shape of circular work changes how we feel an exercise. We’ll even be adding some circular movements along the way! You won’t need any extra props and please, have your box for the Reformer class.

See you in class,
Tami

MAT EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Your awesome self, and a mat!

>> Wondering what mat I’m using? You can find out more here.

REFORMER EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Your awesome self, box and a reformer!

>> Wondering what reformer I’m using? You can find out more here.

ROW ROW ROW YOUR BOAT

Online Mat & Reformer Pilates Class Descriptions:

This week we will focus on all things Rowing! How do the other exercises help our rowing series and how does rowing influence the others! Finding the arm/back connection throughout the class is how we will Row Row Row Our Boat to the finish line!

Light hand weights needed for the Mat class!

See you in class,
Mindi

    MAT EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Your awesome self, light hand weights and a mat!

    >> Wondering what mat I’m using? You can find out more here.

    REFORMER EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Your awesome self and a reformer!

    >> Wondering what reformer I’m using? You can find out more here.

    STAND BY ME

    Online Mat & Reformer Pilates Class Descriptions:

    The key to longevity is being able to get down to the ground and up again with as little assistance as possible. In this weeks class we are going to focus on how to stand in your feet no matter where they are in space.

    On the Mat we will have a playful ending that Joseph Pilates would do!

    The Reformer we’ll end challenging ourselves standing on our carriage. (Options to do the exercises off the Reformer too!)

    No props needed.

    See ya in class,

    xx~LL 💋

    MAT EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Your awesome self and a mat!

    >> Wondering what mat I’m using? You can find out more here.

    REFORMER EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Your awesome self and a reformer!

    >> Wondering what reformer I’m using? You can find out more here.

    LOOK MA, NO HANDS!

    Online Mat, Reformer, Cadillac & Wunda Chair Pilates Class Descriptions:

    We’re going to focus on the muscles that help us get up/down to a chair, toilet, in/out of a car, and to the ground without the use of our hands to help.

    As we age, we can lose strength, flexibility, mobility in these leg and core muscles which results in us using our arms and hands to get up and down.

    Let’s keep these bodies as young as we can by practicing getting up and down with only our legs, our center, and our strong back.

    Reformer: No props needed
    Cadillac/Tower: Reformer box
    Mat: Theraband
    Chair: No props needed

    See ya in class,

    xx-LL 💋

    HANG 10

    ONLINE MAT, REFORMER, CADILLAC & WUNDA CHAIR PILATES CLASS DESCRIPTIONS:

    Grip strength as well as upper body strength plays an important role in so many different exercises throughout the mat and all apparatus. Our grip can influence the connection from our wrists - to our arms - to our back. And building strength in our chest and upper back can help us connect more to our center in every exercise.

    All month long we’ll explore the feeling, the strength, and the position of our hands and upper body to see how our exercises change with a little extra focus. We’ll also play with ways to gain more strength and awareness in our chest and upper back to create even more connections to the exercises.

    Props:
    Chair - short pole* and a foam roller for balance
    *A thicker pole or roll down bar size might feel nice, but no worries you’ll find your connections no matter what you have on hand!
    Mat: a pole
    Reformer: No props needed
    Cadillac: No props needed

    See ya in class,
    xx-LL 💋

    I LOVE ROCK & ROLL UP

    Online Mat & Reformer Pilates Class Descriptions:

    Finding some love for Roll Up and Open Leg Rocker isn't easy! But, these two exercises unlock the potential for so many other exercises. And what we don't like we often need. So, let's dive into what we need to rock our Roll Ups and Open leg Rockers and see how that changes the rest of our practice in the meantime.

    Mat: Magic Circle, Pole or Theraband
    Reformer: have your shortbox pole near by

    xx~LL

    MAT EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Your awesome self, Magic Circle, Pole or Theraband and a mat!

    >> Wondering what mat I’m using? You can find out more here.

    REFORMER EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Your awesome self, short box and a reformer!

    >> Wondering what reformer I’m using? You can find out more here.