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?

  • Author: Lesley Logan
  • March 18, 2020
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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?

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.

TOPS 'N TAILS

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

Tops ‘N Tails (or Tops & Tails) is a wonderful expression I grew up with! It means being ready-to-go…from top to bottom, front to back, end to end! Isn’t that exactly what Pilates does for our minds and bodies? It encourages us to ready for any adventure that comes our way because our workouts use variety to engage the whole body, and to focus our minds.

This month’s Reformer workout will have us exploring Tops ‘N Tails by working from the ends of The Order. We’ll alternate exercises from the beginning and from the end of our usual routine for a challenging time! You’ll need your reformer box and pole.

On the Wunda Chair and Mat we'll be focusing on working from the top half or the tail half of our bodies! While every exercise requires the whole body. Setting ourselves up for success from the Top to the Tail makes the most difference!

On the Cadillac/Tower we will work on how the top half of the body helps to support the bottom half and vice versa! Pilates allows us to use the whole body to help with strength from Top to Tail! Let's explore how the springs on the Cadillac/Tower make us connect to the whole body in each exercise.

xx-LL

MEET ME HALFWAY

Online Mat & Reformer Pilates Class Descriptions:

This week we’re going to focus on how we use Abduction and Adduction to center ourselves, find our control, and harness our power. We’ll be working about halfway through The Order of Exercises on both the Mat and the Reformer with an Adduction - squeezing toward center - focus , then we’ll go back to the beginning and repeat those exercises with an Abduction - pulling away from center - focus. You’ll need something you can squeeze and something you can pull apart. So grab a ball and a resistance band, or just a magic circle and meet me halfway!

See you in class,

Tami

MAT EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Your awesome self, a ball and a resistance band, or just a magic circle and a mat!

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

REFORMER EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Your awesome self, a ball and a resistance band, or just a magic circle and a reformer!

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

LEG PULLS ARE FUN

Online Mat & Reformer Pilates Class Descriptions:

Alright so maybe they're not fun! But, what we think about an exercise does matter! And if you don't like an exercise or you tell yourself you can't do an exercise I promise you your brain and body will believe it!

So, I'm taking Leg Pulls (Control Push Ups on the Reformer) and making them fun! So we can ALL enjoy what is possible from these dynamic duos!

Have a squishy ball or stuffed toy nearby for our Leg Pull moments on the Mat. Reformer no props needed.

See ya in class,

xx-LL 💋

MAT EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Your awesome self, a squishy ball or stuffed toy 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.

CONTROL YOUR BALANCE

Online Mat & Reformer Pilates Class Descriptions:

Alright loves, you may not like going overhead and you may not be able to…yet..

But this week on the Mat and the Reformer we will be ready-ing ourselves to Control our Balance.
Yes, the exercise but there are so many ways to work this that if you are not going upside down you're going to feel your balance get controlled!

Think long legs, asymmetrical legs and maybe even a little single leg deadlift.

On the Mat, if you do struggle with balance go to a wall during the standing work or have a chair nearby. No extra props needed for the Reformer.

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.

SLINKY SPINE?

Online Mat & Reformer Pilates Class Descriptions:

I know you remember the slinky! So wouldn't it be nice if our bodies could move like that? Well, it's not necessarily good to be super bendy, but it is good to be able to articulate the spine when we are able. In the classes this week we will work through the articulation and flexibility of the spine, as well as pay attention to trying not to go too far. Finding your strength and connections in your flexion and extension is going to be the key! Hopefully, you will feel like a slinky here and there throughout the class!

See you in class,

Mindi

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.

HORSES HORSES HORSES

Online Mat & Reformer Pilates Class Descriptions:

If you are a lover of the Reformer chances are you have little love for the Horseback. I don't blame you. It's not that fun. If you're on the Mat you probably have no idea what this means…

And that's ok! Horseback is like a seated Teaser but harder!

On both the Mat and Reformer we will be playing with how to connect to this exercise, prepare for it and find a Horse that works for us!

Props: Mat, have light weights nearby

See ya in class,

xx-LL 💋

MAT EQUIPMENT NEEDED: Your awesome self, have light weights nearby 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.

FRIENDS DON'T LET FRIENDS SKIP TORSO DAY!

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

I was thinking of arm days and leg days at the gym, and even the memes you see, which can go both ways. Either dragging yourself around the day after because you're so sore, or you have no muscles at all to hold you up because you skipped those days. Always the extremes with the memes (hey, that rhymed!), and that’s why we love them.

But this is what I love about Pilates - it’s the full body, the whole body. Everything is working together so one part is not overdoing it, while another part is doing nothing. The upper body, the lower body, and the side bodies are connected to our center, so that’s where our focus will be. Even when you think it’s about the arms or the legs, how can you ask a little more of your center to engage?

Props for the Wunda Chair: yoga block and long box for some exercises

See ya in class,

xx-LL 💋

TOPS & TAILS

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

Tops ‘N Tails (or Tops & Tails) is a wonderful expression I grew up with! It means being ready-to-go…from top to bottom, front to back, end to end! Isn’t that exactly what Pilates does for our minds and bodies? It encourages us to ready for any adventure that comes our way because our workouts use variety to engage the whole body, and to focus our minds.

This month’s Reformer workout will have us exploring Tops ‘N Tails by working from the ends of The Order. We’ll alternate exercises from the beginning and from the end of our usual routine for a challenging time! You’ll need your reformer box and pole.

On the Wunda Chair and Mat we'll be focusing on working from the top half or the tail half of our bodies! While every exercise requires the whole body. Setting ourselves up for success from the Top to the Tail makes the most difference!

On the Cadillac/Tower we will work on how the top half of the body helps to support the bottom half and vice versa! Pilates allows us to use the whole body to help with strength from Top to Tail! Let's explore how the springs on the Cadillac/Tower make us connect to the whole body in each exercise.

See ya in class,

xx-LL 💋