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  • Writer's pictureJerremy Alexander Newsome

5 Great Work Outs for the Sitter

Hey, Everyone! My name is Jerremy Alexander Newsome and I am a professional trader and founder of Real Life Trading. I write these tips from the perspective of a day trader, but they will apply to people from all walks of life and any profession or income level. The Mission statement of Real Life Trading is 'To EnRich Lives'. Our focus is not only on trading, but on life; it's beauty and simplicity! Thank you for taking time out of your busy day to spend with me. I hope this meets a need and in turn EnRiches your lives!

The first question that may have popped into your mind is 'What the heck is a sitter?” Well, that is my robust and researched term for someone who sits a lot at work. You know exactly who you are. Truck drivers, office workers, traders, pretty much anyone who works while sitting a vast majority of the time. I used to work in a call center for Nationwide Insurance. I worked there for six years and you guessed it, I sat a lot. The company is great and often provided food for those who worked overtime or couldn't get out during very busy hours. There was a running joke that it was called 'NationWIDE' for a reason. Maybe your employer or co-workers supply you with candy and doughnuts and all kinds of amazing goodies that just wreak havoc on your waistline? To be honest, I am in pretty good shape so I'm not coming at you from the position of a guy who is obsessed with working and has a shredded six pack. I'm just your average dude who is in good shape, and I am because of these five tips I've practiced for years.

1. The seated leg lift. This is simple, can be done anywhere, doesn't look awkward, and is effective! From a seated position, simply lift from the hip and raise your feet off the ground. Boom! One simple step. That's my kind of workout. You can even do this while driving. On a long journey put the cruise control on so you don't have to hold the gas pedal down and lift! For some of you this will be easy, especially for the first ten or so. Honestly, after you do 100 you will feel it. My suggestion is to do 20 repetitions your first time and increase by one every day you're in the office. This exercise cuts down on productivity by the whopping number of zero. You can continue to type or talk on the phone while doing this exercise. It's a great way to target those mischievous lower abs. Enjoy!

2. The palm push. As with the seated leg lift, simplicity is the key. Press the palms of your hands together and push. This works with your arms at any angle you choose. I suggest starting with your hands as far away from your body as possible. What you are doing in this exercise is creating resistance. You are literally pushing against yourself. This is a solid exercise to build chest, forearm and even bicep strength. My suggestion is to do this once a day, preferably three 30-second sets. The key here? Concentrate and push as hard as you can. You'll feel this one in seconds, trust me.

3. Take a walk. I don't really have a cute name for the third exercise. Truthfully, just walk more. If you work in an office, especially one with a huge parking space, don't drive around wasting time looking for a super close spot. Find an open space and walk. 'But Jerremy, I live in Florida and it's super hot in the summer.” I agree that this is a very valid argument for not wanting to walk. However, don't be so flipping spoiled and complain about a three-minute walk in the heat before you get to sit down in a cushy chair with air conditioning. Friends, I have one word for you. Africa. Now dress light and walk...

4. Take the stairs. A similar premise to exercise three, if you have stairs in your office building and you can choose to take them or not, take them. My point of view is if you have the ability to use your legs, be thankful for that and take the four-minute hike from floor one to floor three.

5. Arm circles. Yep, just like in kindergarten P.E. (that coach knew what he was doing). This is a solid, easy exercise to get the blood flowing and the mind invigorated. Whenever you have something lengthy to read and you don't especially need to use your hands, stretch those arms out! You should look like you are about to fly with your arms stretched out wide. Circle forward for one minute and then back for another, alternating accordingly. This is a great exercise to warm up the rotator cup also. If you have a sore or 'bad' rotator cuff, this can really loosen up your shoulders and it feels great!

6. A bonus tip for you, my Friends is, breathe! That should be pretty obvious right? What do I mean by breathe? I encourage you to take the deepest breath you can and hold it for as long as you can, at least once a day every day. Do you want to know the most beautiful thing? When you haven't taken a breath for 60 seconds or longer all worries and thoughts fly out the door. You're no longer worried about that memo, that email, that bill. You only care about your next breath. At that moment you are one with your body because you remember and begin to truly cherish how important your heart is and know that you should take care of it. Do this daily. This is a fun one! I'm actually writing this on my trip back from Hawaii, sitting in seat 36D flying into Los Angeles. While in Hawaii, I was with my great friend Jonny Guarco. You've seen him on the website, I'm sure. He is a Real Life Trader! As he was driving me around during one of our daily beach excursions we entered a tunnel. He told me to hold my breath for the duration of the tunnel. I did easily, but it was about 70 seconds. Definitely helps you put into perspective what's important in life, right? Health is one of them!

Thanks so much for reading my blog! In my eccentric view of the world, life is love. Have a wonderful day and remember, in life, those who are loved the most are Real with themselves and others! Enjoy!

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