MY WFH REGIME: KATHERINE BRADY

During these uncertain times, Luxe has been checking in at several 'home offices' across the region. This week, we're getting the lockdown lowdown from Katherine Brady, owner and instructor at Kajoma Studio in Corbridge...
MY WFH REGIME: KATHERINE BRADY

I GET UP ON A MORNING FOR…

 I am not a morning person, so I am woken by my two boys’ demands for something! If I’m lucky I get a cuddle first. We are normally all awake by 7.30am, have breakfast and then 9am is sports time. For me it’s pilates, the boys do Joe Wicks or play football in the garden.

BREAKFAST IS…

I always cringe saying this because I am a pilates instructor and it’s quite stereotypical, but it’s true… I have a green smoothie for breakfast. Warm lemon water first, then a smoothie before I hit the caffeine.

MY DESK SET-UP INCLUDES…

Like most people, my normal working day has changed dramatically. Since lockdown, I have been homeschooling my two boys and my pilates studio has been closed. My boys are eight and five and so homeschooling is intense, they can not be left alone!

I was lucky enough to call my pilates mat my desk before lockdown, and it still is in a way as I have been running online classes. My boutique pilates studio, Kajoma Studio, just outside of Corbridge, is where I was providing private and group classes every weekday. When the studio closed, I immediately started an online platform to stay in touch with clients. As I am homeschooling and the internet connection is terrible, I decided not to do live sessions but to record classes for clients to log into and use whenever they wish. This is now open to the public to use with a half price promotion for the first month. Click here for more information.

LUNCHTIME BRINGS…

Lunch is bang on 12 o’clock for us – and it’s anything that is not a sandwich – they remind me of my previous desk life! The boys get screen time while I catch up with emails. I have also been doing a lot of pilates online tutorials and workshops myself – it’s important for me to keep learning, too. Kajoma Studio has become my husband’s home office during lockdown, so his lunch break is a time when I go into the studio and film a class for the online platform.

TO BREAK AWAY FROM MY HOME OFFICE…

I’ve been using my bike a lot. We are a shielding family, so it is the only time I get out of the house. I am a fair weather exerciser so I normally stay in my studio if it’s cold or raining. I’m originally from down south and we lived in Hong Kong for seven years, so as you can imagine, I’m a softie when it comes to the cold.

WHEN 5 O’CLOCK HITS…

One of the big perks of lockdown for me has been that my husband is cooking all the evening meals. He takes his time cooking, but it always tastes good! At the weekend I watch him cook and drink wine, during the week I am normally tidying up and cleaning from the tornado of the boys being at home all day.

I’M WATCHING…

Killing Eve – and since lockdown I’ve finally finished Game of Thrones. A lot of comedy, too – Rob & Romesh Vs… was a good series. We enjoyed the coverage of Glastonbury over the weekend, reminiscing about our 2004 festival trip.

I’M READING…

I’m a pilates nerd so I keep in touch with industry blogs and podcasts.

I’M LISTENING TO…

I don’t have a commute so apart from my pilates playlist for the studio, we normally have the radio on and it’s usually BBC Radio 6 Music.

3 TOP TIPS FOR STAYING AT HOME…

1. Keep a routine – When schools closed I made a weekday schedule that we keep to most days. I find it helps with my boys, they don’t question why we are doing schoolwork, it’s on the schedule so that’s what is happening.

2. Exercise – Regular exercise helps keep you mobile, strong and gives you happy endorphins. A balanced workout like pilates is safe to do whatever your age or ability. You don’t need to be flexible, it is a full body workout that includes your core, weight bearing, side work, seated work and spine extension. Extending your spine is vital these days to get out of the slouch of modern day living.

3. Get outside – We are lucky enough to have the countryside on our doorstep. Going for a walk or bike ride really helps lift your mood.

QUOTE OF THE DAY…

It’s all about connection, not perfection.”


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