We moved into our new workspace this week. The shiny, newly refurbished space is clean, brightly lit, and rather nice. We have a new “lounge” space, decks for occasional fresh air, and the new layout is more organized in a lot of ways.
…and between the new carpet, new paint, and much brighter overhead lights I’ve had headaches all week.
Any weight-related notes? Um, if I grasp at straws? I had the move coordinator reminding me to label my non-standard chair so it would get to my new cube. One of my minions offered to climb up to “dim” the lights a bit because she knows I’ve got a fear of falling. I also wasn’t sure the chair she was on would support my weight, but hey – it was fine with hers. (You know those banks of fluorescent tubes? Rotate a tube in place, it loses its power connection and turns off. Rotate 1 or 2 of each bank of 3 right above my desk and the lights are not guaranteed to give me a migraine by the end of the day.)
On the fitness front, my left hamstring has been bothering me since late last week. I’ve been less active lately, which I think is part of it. I’ve been doing “chair squats” more diligently and it’s helping. “Chair squats” are my name for an exercise my physical therapist assigned:
- Sit on a chair (or couch).
- Slowly stand up.
- Slowly sit down.
- Repeat 9-15 times per set. Do 1-2 sets every other day.
These build strength & balance in a very functional way – and if you’re worried about your balance, do them with a soft, cushy couch/landing space! Higher chairs are easier; lower chairs are more difficult – and if your lowest chair is too easy, you may be ready to try full squats! :)