Working From Home: Tips from F1 Performance Coach who Trains People to Sit Down in their Career
VIDEO: Simon Reynolds shows three exercises he uses with F1 drivers who have lengthy seated sessions.
Many of us have had to adapt to working from home over the past 12 months and it doesn’t look like that’s going to change for a little while yet.
We can’t argue that it hasn’t had countless benefits, including cutting the daily commute down to 20 seconds and being able to hang the washing out in between meetings. However, sitting still for long periods means we are not moving as much as we should, creating physical problems that could cause long term issues, such as poor posture, aching joints, and stiffness, as well as damaging our mental health.
Motorsport Tickets has enlisted the help of F1 Driver Performance Coach, Simon Reynolds, director at Formula to Perform. He’s helped Formula 1 drivers like Stoffel Vandoorne and Kevin Magnussen to gear up for lengthy seated seasons where concentration and performance are vital.
Below, Simon takes viewers through three simple exercises we can all do from behind a desk to make working from home that little bit easier. Video available in full here.
Sit upright on a chair with your knees bent and grounded a shoulder-width apart. Place your hands on your knees and slide your left hand towards your hips. As you do so, keep your right hand on your knee and twist your torso to the left. Then, slide your hands to the opposite positions, and twist your torso in the opposite direction. Repeat 8 – 10 times.
Sit upright in your chair with your hands down by your sides, palms facing forwards. Raise your arms out to the side until they are over your head, then return them to the original position. Don’t force this exercise outside your range of motion and repeat 8 – 10 times.
To level up this exercise, bring your arms out in front of you until they are above your head, and return to the original position. If necessary, start by bringing your arms in-line with your shoulders, and build up slowly to raising them above your head.
Stand up from your seat, ensuring your chair is secure, high and right behind you. Keep your feet shoulder-width apart and place your hands on your shoulders. Tighten your midsection, and lower yourself into your chair, bending your knees and hips. Then stand up, maintaining even weight distribution throughout.
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