It’s no secret that COVID-19 has impacted us all in one way or another. As attorneys continue to work remotely, it’s normal to feel like the workday truly never ends. Many have experienced lack of sleep or symptoms of fatigue, which can all impact your productivity and outlook on the work you do. That’s why it’s imperative to step away from the computer every once in a while and give your brain a break.
One of the best ways to let your mind reset is through exercise. Even light exercise can get your blood flowing and revitalize your entire body, making you feel prepared to tackle countless client meetings, depositions and so much more.
So how do you stay active during a pandemic? Our team at Elite Court Reporting is happy to share a few easy ways to incorporate healthy exercise into your jam-packed work schedule, all while working from home.
1. Add Planking to Your Day
Planking is a great, low-commitment exercise you can easily add into your day. When you wake up, start the day off by doing a 30-second plank on the floor. If you’ve never done one before, this video walks you through how to complete a beginner’s plank.
2. Walk While You Work
Whenever your work doesn’t involve heavy reading or writing, try taking a stroll around your house or around the block whenever you can. Listening to voicemails, making phone calls and brainstorming are great activities to do while you’re walking.
Now, walking isn’t just a way to shake up your work habits; it can also stir up your creative juices. Stanford researchers discovered that you’re likely to experience higher levels of creativity when you take a break and walk. While legal work isn’t always classified as “creative,” this study does show how physical exercise can improve brain activity.
3. Try Yoga Online
Yoga is perfect when you want to work on your breathing, relax your mind and untense your muscles. During a time where there is so much anxiety in the world, this is an excellent exercise to perform. Plus, many yoga studios are offering online courses – many of them for free – that you can do from the comfort of your own home.
4. Use Household Objects as Weights
Just because you don’t have weights at home doesn’t mean you can’t get some reps in. Improvise by using heavy items around your house, such as a bottle of laundry detergent, cans or books.
5. Use an App
Running really low on time? Many fitness apps now include full workouts that you can do from home and in as little as 7 minutes. Several of these workouts involve HIIT (high-intensity interval training), which means they’re designed to maximize calorie burn in minimal time. Even if you don’t opt for a HIIT workout, you can still try stretching or performing a couple sets of push-ups, sit-ups or crunches in between work projects.
Exercise should be a top priority for any attorney looking to maximize their productivity at home. Your clients will appreciate that you’re at your best when working on their cases.
And if you’re working at your best, you deserve the best court reporters for your virtual depositions as well. Our reporters are accurate, experienced and trusted by attorneys across the country. Click here to schedule one of our court reporters for your next virtual deposition.