The Port Workspaces is Here for Oakland Students, Teachers & Families

STUDENTS — 50% off coworking membership – $250 $125/mo 

  • Creative environment (in a space that is not your childhood bedroom!)
  • A quiet place to concentrate.
  • Inside at an air conditioned desk or outside on the terrace.
  • Four convenient locations close to BART and with bike parking.

Learn more and get a free daypass HERE.


TEACHERS — 50% off coworking membership – $250 $125/mo + Extended Access

  • COVID-prepared, safe social distance.
  • A quiet place to call your own for lesson-planning or a spot of solitude.
  • Plenty of outdoor space (or indoor air conditioning!)
  • No long term commitment 
  • PLUS free night and weekend access. 

Treat yourself to free coffee and tea. Printing available and blazing fast WIFI. 

Learn more and get a free daypass HERE.


Dedicated Desk

2-FOR-1 DESK –  Share a Dedicated Desk – $350 per month

Two keycards for shared use of a private desk with two members of the same household. 

  • Great for parents who need to trade work shifts while caring for kids
  • Perfect getaway for roommates to find quiet, comfortable, creative space
  • Healthy boundaries for couples juggling dual home offices

Learn more and get a free daypass HERE.

Health & Safety Addendum

Health & Safety Addendum

Your actions are vital in maintaining a healthy workplace for the Port community.

Keep it Clean

Wash your hands, using soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds after:

  • Touching your face
  • Eating or preparing food
  • Touching animals
  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Encountering other potential contamination
  • If you are unable to visit a sink, take advantage of the hand sanitizer placed throughout the workspace

In the Kitchen

  • Food prep is not currently permitted in our shared kitchens
  • Wash your hands before brewing coffee
  • Proper storage/labeling is required to keep items on shared shelves or in communal fridges
  • All items must be removed before fridge/freezer deep cleans, or risk being discarded
  • Never leave an unwashed cup, mug, or dish on the counter, or in the sink

We’re all in this together

Help keep our community clean. Sanitizing supplies are distributed throughout the space for your convenience. Please follow guidelines on posted signage in:

  • Meeting rooms
  • Copy/Printer areas
  • Phone booths
  • Kitchens

Self-Screen

  • Self-screen at home before coming to a physical Port location
  • Refer to CDC guidelines which include temperature and symptom checks
  • If you have the following symptoms, please stay home: 
    • Frequent cough
    • Fever
    • Difficulty breathing
    • Chills
    • Muscle pain
    • Headache
    • Sore throat
    • Recent loss of taste or smell
    • If you live with someone diagnosed with COVID-19

Face Coverings

Alameda County issued an order requiring residents to wear masks or facial coverings on April 17th. It is in place until further notice.

Everyone is required to wear a mask when

  • In a common area, lobby, restroom, or kitchen
  • Entering our buildings
  • Moving through the space

Members should carry their mask or facial covering on their person at all times

Leave Space

Elevators

  • County guidelines currently recommend only two people per elevator

Escalators 

  • Keep a minimum of 6 feet between yourself and the person in front of you
  • When possible, avoid touching handrails

Meeting rooms

  • Refer to posted signage for recommended occupancy
  • If recommended capacity is exceeded, it should be done only after getting verbal consent from everyone present 

Other common areas

  • Refer to signs for recommended occupancy, separate in/out doors, or directional foot traffic

Work stations

  • Port staff are de-densifying coworking and desk areas to maximize social and physical distancing
  • Contact your CM to discuss updating your seating arrangements, if needed 

Between Each Other

  • When you are in close proximity to another member, whether for conversations in open spaces, interactions at dedicated spaces, or meeting in offices or conference rooms, you are urged to obtain verbal consent before getting within 6 feet, removing a mask, exceeding recommended occupancy, or closing a door
  • Avoid handshakes and similar greetings that break physical distancing

Remember, Your Actions Affect Everyone

  • Contact the Port if you have been diagnosed with a confirmed COVID-19 case. We will never disclose your personal information, but have a duty to inform our landlords of positive cases and follow a protocol for sanitizing the space, which may include a temporary closure for the safety of all members. 
  • Use this form to report confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases.
  • Guests are expected to comply with all house rules.
  • Non-compliance to health and safety guidelines can be grounds for membership termination.

Community Health & Safety

Your actions are vital in maintaining a healthy workplace for the Port community.  

Keep it Clean

Wash your hands, using soap and water for a minimum of 20 seconds after:

  • Touching your face
  • Eating or preparing food
  • Touching animals
  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Encountering other potential contamination
  • If you are unable to visit a sink, take advantage of the hand sanitizer placed throughout the workspace

In the Kitchen

  • Food prep is not currently permitted in our shared kitchens
  • Wash your hands before brewing coffee
  • Proper storage/labeling is required to keep items on shared shelves or in communal fridges
  • All items must be removed before fridge/freezer deep cleans, or risk being discarded
  • Never leave an unwashed cup, mug, or dish on the counter, or in the sink

Members play an active role in keeping the space clean. You will find dedicated sanitizing stations to make doing your part easy. Please follow guidelines on posted signage in:

  • Meeting rooms
  • Copy/Printer areas
  • Phone booths
  • Kitchens

Self-Screen

  • Self-screen at home before coming to a physical Port location
  • Refer to CDC guidelines which include temperature and symptom checks
    •  
    • If you have the following symptoms, please stay home: 
      • Frequent cough
      • Fever
      • Difficulty breathing
      • Chills
      • Muscle pain
      • Headache
      • Sore throat
      • Recent loss of taste or smell
      • If you live with someone diagnosed with COVID-19
      Face CoveringsAlameda County issued an order requiring residents to wear masks or facial coverings on April 17th. It is in place until further notice.Everyone is required to wear a mask when
      • In a common area, lobby, restroom, or kitchen
      • Entering our buildings
      • Moving throughout the space
      Members should carry their mask or facial covering on their person at all timesMasks are optional at dedicated spaces (like private offices and dedicated desks) only if 6 feet of distance can be maintained from others

    Leave Space

    Elevators

    • County guidelines currently recommend only two people per elevator

    Escalators 

    • Keep a minimum of 6 feet between yourself and the person in front of you
    • When possible, avoid touching handrails

    Meeting rooms

    • Refer to posted signage for recommended occupancy
    • If recommended capacity is exceeded, it should be done only after getting verbal consent from everyone present 

    Other common areas

    • Refer to signs for recommended occupancy, separate in/out doors, or directional foot traffic

    Work stations

    • Port staff are de-densifying coworking and desk areas to maximize social and physical distancing
    • Contact your CM to discuss updating your seating arrangements, if needed 

    Between Each Other

    • When you are in close proximity to another member, whether for conversations in open spaces, interactions at dedicated spaces, or meeting in offices or conference rooms, you are urged to obtain verbal consent before getting within 6 feet, removing a mask, exceeding recommended occupancy, or closing a door
    • Avoid handshakes and similar greetings that break physical distancing

    Remember, Your Actions Affect Everyone

    • Contact the Port if you have been diagnosed with a confirmed COVID-19 case. We will never disclose your personal information, but have a duty to inform our landlords of positive cases and follow a protocol for sanitizing the space, which may include a temporary closure for the safety of all members. 
    • Use this form to report confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases.
    • Guests are expected to comply with all house rules.

    • Non-compliance to health and safety guidelines can be grounds for membership termination.

    Interview with Melissa Jones from BARHII

    During Shelter-in-Place, we’re checking in with members to learn how your organizations and businesses are impacted by the COVID19 pandemic. Stay connected while we’re apart, and learn how your fellow members are dealing with today’s challenges, from staying on mission, to boosting morale, collaborating internally, avoiding virtual burnout, and discovering lessons we can take with us into the future.

    This Monday, May 11th, Community Manager Lisa sat down with Melissa Jones, Executive Director of BARHII (Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative). Check out the conversation to hear how this Port member is helping lead the local response to the current public health crisis.

    Virtual Coworking – The Cafe

    You can now take a virtual coffee break in your Member Portal by visiting The Café. The Café is a live, 24/7, video room for you to check in with fellow members and staff. 

    The space is open at all times, so drop in anytime for virtual coworking support. Being in our physical space offers the element of surprise and serendipity from meeting new people. This experience works the same in a virtual environment. From saying hello at the water cooler to finding opportunities to collaborate with others, there are benefits to coworking in-person and virtually.

    During days when you need to WFH, you can still leverage your coworking community at the Port to build community and social inclusion, spark new ideas, and drive innovation.

    Community Managers Sabrina and Lisa will be in The Café from 10:00-10:30am Monday through Thursday. Join us for a coffee break and share what you’re up to!

    Directions: Enter The Café by selecting “Virtual Rooms” on the left column of the Member Portal menu, just below “Meeting Rooms.” Accessible on desktop browsers (not yet mobile compatible).

    Virtual Communities during COVID-19

    Virtual Meetups

    • Virtual Coworking at The Cafe ( Open 24/7) You can now take a virtual coffee break in your Member Portal by visiting The Café. The Café is a live, 24/7, video room for you to check in with fellow members and staff. Community Managers Sabrina and Lisa will be in The Café from 10:00-10:30am Monday through Thursday. Join us! Enter The Café by selecting “Virtual Rooms” on the left column of the Member Portal menu, just below “Meeting Rooms.” Accessible on desktop browsers (not yet mobile compatible).
    • Meditation & Coffee (Every Wednesday 9:30-10am) Pour your coffee or tea and join for a 5-8 minute mindfulness meditation to help anchor your thoughts to into the present moment, guided by City Center CM Lisa. Stay a while to check in with fellow members and share how you are doing.

    #Covid-ppe-production: Volunteer opportunities and information on face shields production for health care workers.

    #Give-Get: Our community is needed more than ever. If you are in need of support (businesses or personal) or have something to offer to members of our community please post it here. 

    #Biz Resources: A place to share COVID-19 resources for businesses and employees 

    #Happy Thoughts: Share your best recipes, fun things, inspiring messages, and great community moments. 

    Shelter in Place Resources

    At the Port Workspaces, we recognize our members are facing challenges caused by the pandemic. The Port is a small business too, navigating this evolving situation alongside everyone in our community. We have compiled a comprehensive list of resources to help you, our members with local, state, and federal resources and support regarding COVID-19. Have another resource to add to this list? Please email lisa@portworkspaces.com.  

    Small Business Loans 

    The federal government, California, and Oakland are offering broad assistance to small businesses and employers affected by COVID-19. 

    CAMEO (California Association for Micro Enterprise Opportunity) has compiled resources for small businesses on the federal, state, and local level. 

    Federal Resources

    Small businesses can apply for loans available from The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the stimulus plan from Congress.

    Known as the Paycheck Protection Program, these are Economic Injury Loans under the SBA Disaster Loan Program, designed to provide a direct incentive for small businesses to keep their workers employed during the pandemic and economic downturn. Importantly, these loans may be forgiven if borrowers maintain their payroll during the crisis or restore payrolls afterward. 

    Small businesses and sole proprietors can apply starting April 3, 2020. Independent contractors and self-employed individuals can apply beginning April 10, 2020.

    Get the details here. Verify your eligibility and begin the application process here

    The links below offer a deeper understanding of the SBA loans and how they work:

    • The U.S. Chamber of Commerce produced this helpful guide
    • The Senate published a guide for small business owners here
    • Washington Post produced FAQs on the loan program
    • This article from NPR offers a digestible summary about the program and eligibility

    State Resources

    California Disaster Relief Loan Guarantee Program — COVID-19, via IBank, has over $50 million in state funding providing potential capital for individuals who do not qualify for federal funds. These loans offer assistance to small businesses located in California with 1 to 750 employees that have been negatively impacted or experienced disruption by COVID-19, and to eligible nonprofits. Learn more.

    The California Department of Tax and Fee Administration has made it easier for taxpayers to request relief under Governor Newsom’s Executive Order.

    • Taxpayers who file a return with less than $1 million have an additional 3 months to file their return, between now and July 31, 2020. Those who qualify do not need to apply; the extension is automatic.
    • Those with a tax liability of $1 million or more may still request extensions which are reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
    • Learn more

    Employers who need information on workplace health and safety, reduced work hours, potential closure or layoffs, and tax assistance, can also find resources and support through California’s EDD (Employment Development Department). Further information on tax assistance and state loans for small businesses can be found here.

    Workers who are sick, quarantined, impacted by school and/or childcare closures, or have their work hours reduced can find resources and support through California’s EDD (Employment Development Department). 

    Oakland  Resources

    The City of Oakland has local, state, and federal resources available for small businesses and workers during the COVID-19 crisis. Get started here.

    Oakland offers emergency grants to help vulnerable small businesses weather the impacts of COVID-19. The grants will be administered by Working Solutions, a non-profit Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), accepting applications online here.

    Seeded with $300,000 in philanthropic dollars from the recently established Oakland COVID-19 Relief Fund, the Small Business Emergency Grant Program will provide rapid response working capital grants of $5,000 to small businesses owned by low-income individuals. Grants can be used to cover costs such as rent and utilities, worker payroll, outstanding debt, and other immediate operational costs. If more funds are raised, the City and Working Solutions will expand the number and breadth of businesses served. Read the press release here.

    Student Loan Relief

    Recent legislation has granted federal student loan borrowers relief with a 0% interest rate and payment forbearance option through September 30, 2020. Private student loans and loans owned by commercial lenders are not eligible for these benefits, so check out the FAQ at studentaid.gov to learn more about what is covered.

    Residential Rent & Mortgage Relief

    On Friday, 3/27/2020, Oakland City Council passed an eviction moratorium that will prohibit most evictions, effective immediately and continuing through May 31, 2020, unless the City Council extends that date. Additionally, the moratorium prohibits residential rent increases above 3.5% (the Consumer Price Index, or CPI) and prohibits any late fees related to COVID-19 issues in residential units. Unpaid rent will still be due, and the moratorium does not relieve tenants of the obligation to pay unpaid back rent in the future. The full text of the ordinance is available here

    Governor Newsom secured support from major financial institutions in providing relief for eligible California homeowners affected by COVID-19, including a 90 day grace period for mortgage payments. Find out more, and how to apply for relief here

    Oakland FYIs

    General

    City of Oakland service modifications, suspensions and closures can be found here.

    A summary of the Alameda County Health & Safety Order to Shelter-in-Place can be found here. Read the full order and FAQs for more information. Governor Newsom’s COVID-19 Executive Order can be found here.

    Important City Resource Numbers 

    General Information: 510-444-city

    Police (Non Emergency): 510-777-3333

    Police Emergency (On Cell Phone): 510-777-3211

    Mayor: 510-238-3141

    City Council: 510-238-3266

    City Administrator: 510-238-3301

    Blight/Code Enforcement: 510-238-3381

    Permits: 510-238-3443

    Parks/Rec Programs: 510-238-3092

    Parking Citations: 800-500-6484

    Garbage: 510-613-8710

    Drug Hotline: 510-238-drug

    Prostitution Hotline: 510-238-2373

    Public Works Call Center: 510-615-5566

    Pedestrian Safety: 510-238-3466

    Recycling: 510-238-7283

    Trash Pickup

    Garbage, recycling, and compost pickup in the Bay Area is continuing as regularly scheduled. Oakland works with Waste Management, which posts regular updates regarding any pandemic-related service disruption or facility closure here

    Parking

    • Parking meters and time-limited parking not enforced
    • Residential permit parking and street sweeping parking regulations not enforced
    • City garages are open, but may be limited to monthly parkers at times
    • Towing will be suspended unless vehicles are blocking access, causing an immediate hazard, or are deemed a public safety concern
    • NOTE: the City will continue to enforce all other parking regulations in service of public safety and public health, including, red curbs and fire hydrants, sidewalk and crosswalk blocking, double-parking and bike lane violations, wheelchair ramp obstruction, and unauthorized use of disabled person parking placards
    • Many of the City’s essential infrastructure construction projects are still ongoing. Clear curbs are necessary for infrastructure work, so we ask that residents keep an eye out for 72-hour no-parking signs related to construction. If curbs are not clear where construction has been noticed, enforcement and vehicle towing could be necessary.
    • Please check here to confirm any updates to the information above.

    Street Sweeping

    As a matter of public sanitation, Oakland will continue street sweeping efforts, as they represent the single most efficient way to keep streets clean. The City asks for the community’s voluntary assistance to move their cars, though parking regulations will not be enforced.

    Open Businesses

    Transportation

    • BART now closes at 9pm and operates on a reduced schedule. Check here for service updates and the agency’s response and prevention efforts
    • AC Transit is operating a modified service schedule, similar to Sunday service. 
    • The “Free B” Broadway Shuttle service is suspended. 
    • No fares are required on AC Transit buses until further notice and rear door boarding is permitted to better allow social distancing. 
    • Find more information on modified service here and regular updates at actransit.org

    School Lunches

    Visit this site to find locations for free student meals available during school closures. Students are not required to be present.

    PPE for Medical Workers

    Personal Protective Equipment for Medical Workers

    The Port Workspaces is mobilizing to manufacture personal protective equipment for free distribution to local hospitals in desperate need of supplies.

    Port’s Product Lab will fabricate these from an innovative quick-production design released by New York University.

    We’ll use the large common spaces at our Kaiser Mall location to create a dispersed “assembly line” to allow safe social distance during production, as well as pick-up and drop-off of supplies and finished products.  

    In addition, we’ll be doing drop-offs of finished parts for volunteers to assemble at home.

    Spearheaded by Product Lab leader Sal Bednarz, this effort is supported by the generous contributions and efforts of:

    • OakLabs, Port’s entrepreneurs-in-residence
    • Laney College
    • College of Alameda
    • SomethingLabs
    • Neal’s CNC 
    • ACE Monster Toys
    • IdeaBuilder Labs
    • GetUsPPE
    • MakePPEBayArea
    • The Coca Cola Company and Novalex (polymer material)

    “We’re navigating rapidly shifting needs and supplies of materials, putting our unique resources to work where they’ll have the most impact,” said Bednarz.  “While we’re working on face shields today, it’s clear we’ll need to produce other designs shortly after.” 

    Help us reach our goal by contributing your time helping us assemble masks (safety protocols will be followed for those working on-site), or helping us obtain materials needed for assembly and distribution.

    Supplies Needed

    • Disposable gloves
    • Masks (any kind – for volunteers)
    • Cleaning supplies
    • Cardboard boxes (for shipping)

    Contact us :

    • Do you want to help in any way, volunteer, or donate supplies?
    • Are you a health professional and need to talk to someone?
    • Do you have access or can help us get raw materials for this effort

    Productlab@portworkspaces.com

    Avoid the 3 Common Traps of Working from Home

    By: Ashley Ernst

    WFH Solutions Architect, 6 yrs

    Note: This blog post is specifically addressed to folks who have to keep working from home during the pandemic. I send my sympathy to those who have been laid off and a thousand thanks to those considered “essential workers” who are keeping society’s wheels turning during this wild time.

    Out of what seems like nowhere, all California residents who are able to continue working during ‘Shelter in Place’ find ourselves in a situation where we have to work from our home (WFH). Some folks are celebrating the opportunity while others are cursing their misfortune. 

    I’ve been working thousands of miles from my coworkers for 6+ years now and have learned a thing or two about common traps for WFH. The foundation of my (WFH) advice boils down to 2 fundamentals: 

    1. Know yourself (strengths and weak areas)

    This is crucial. There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all solution in life and you need to know yourself well enough to recognize a solution that will work for you when you try one.

    2. Set appropriate boundaries (for yourself, those around you, and your space)

    You do not exist in a vacuum. It’s important to find the solutions that work for you in context. Keep an open line of communication going with your space-sharers and remote coworkers so you can find your path of least resistance. 

    With those two things in mind, here are some common traps to avoid:

    Common trap 1: Working around the clock

    If you’re like me and can easily let work fully take over your identity and bleed into every corner of life if you’re not careful,  this advice is for you! Burnout isn’t good for you, your family, or your employer! Know yourself. Set appropriate boundaries.

    1. Leave emails for working hours: DO NOT accidentally get yourself into the habit of checking your emails from bed before or after working hours. This is a terrible habit (I know all too well) that you will regret. Sends the wrong message to others at work that you are available at all hours and keeps you from being fully present in your home life. 
    2. Set specific working hours: Be diligent about creating a time limit (aka boundary) on what your working and non-working hours are… and hold yourself accountable. Set a beginning of the workday and end of the workday alarms if you are prone to ignoring time when you’re in the zone. If you really need help with this one you can implement some kind of reward system for honoring your time boundary. (I personally struggle in this area and have implemented a glorious wine and chocolate reward system for sticking to my boundary)
    3. Leverage symbolic gestures: Choose an article of clothing that makes you feel professional and wear it ONLY and consistently during your set working hours. Doesn’t matter if it’s a tie, blazer, pair of heels, lipstick shade, … or that it’s paired with your sweats! The goal here is to create a mental association with the act of working and the article of clothing so you know you mean business when you catch a glimpse of yourself in the mirror. Have fun with this one
    4. Create a dedicated workspace: Creating a space boundary prevents your papers and computer setup from gradually taking over your whole house. Designate a corner of a table or room, does not need to be an entire room but should be a dedicated space if possible.
    5. Pencil in food and movement breaks: This goes back to creating time boundaries. Pencil a lunch break and smaller breaks right on your calendar so you are reminded when it’s time to put the work down. Do not forget to eat and drink water all day!!

    Common Trap 2: Non-work related distractions

    If you have a hard time getting into a work groove because there are non-work related projects and non-colleagues vying for your attention, this advice is for you. First off, give yourself a break if you’re feeling distracted – these are uncertain times and anxieties are running high for most humans on earth. There’s only so much that is within our control and managing our expectations and strategies for productivity are some things within reach. Know yourself. Set appropriate boundaries.

    1. Set specific working hours: Most people need several uninterrupted hours of work to get into a productive groove. Do not pepper in non-work related projects throughout the day, answer social calls, or do personal tasks during this time AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. If you can only get an essential appointment (like with your therapist) during your scheduled work hours, make an exception! 
    2. Clear your mind and workspace of clutter: If you are distracted by laundry and mounting non-work related tasks, you have three options: 1. eliminate the distraction immediately by completing the task (ideally outside of your scheduled working hours), 2. hide the distraction from sight during working hours (push the laundry into a closet Face your desk into a corner so you can’t see your messy room?), or 3. write it on a list to get it off your mind and make a promise to yourself to revisit at a later date. If you can’t see it, it’s not real… right?
    3. Communicate “do not bother” time needs with others: Maybe your office has a really active slack channel that’s always pinging you or you’re sharing space with family/partner/roommate who aren’t familiar with your usual work etiquette. It’s on you to communicate with anyone in your immediate space that you need some heads down working time or that you’re in a meeting so they don’t stroll through the background of your video call in their undies. Be nice and have patience with others. Find a strategy that works for you to share that you need to be left alone to do good work. Ideas: Throw up a slack away message. Turn on an auto email responder to alert coworkers you are working but unavailable for a time. Tell your kids/roommate/partner that when your headphones are on, you need to not be interrupted (please wear highly visible headphones if this is the strategy you use). If the door is closed they should text you for permission prior to entering. 

    Common Trap 3: Tech-neck and personal hygiene slips

    Some of us are more prone to sedentary lives than others. With gym closures, shelter-in-place, and fears on the rise of being in public spaces, we’re all needing to get creative about adding movement into our day. Most of our homes are not optimized for working extended periods of time or for working out. Here are some ways to keep your health in mind while WFH. Know yourself. Set appropriate boundaries.

    1. Protect positive associations with your bed: Everyone should have the opportunity to try working from bed once (it’s glorious!), but it’s not advisable to make a habit of it. It’s not good for your body, productivity, or mind long term; PLUS you don’t want to accidentally create a mental association with work and your bed, where you’d probably rather associate great sleep and maybe some sexy stuff.
    2. Prevent and address tech neck: Don’t underestimate the importance of good posture for your overall health and well being! Take steps to set up your dedicated work space with ergonomics in mind: 6 Tips to Improve Posture While Sitting. If you are already feeling strained in the neck and back, try these stretches: 5 Stretches to Beat Tech Neck.
    3. Get moving: A quick google search will show you how scary the negative impacts of a sedentary lifestyle can be. Not exercising will negatively impact your metabolism, anxiety levels, increase stiffness, and lead to chronic pain and illness. Get creative about adding movement to your home regimen. Some ideas: 
      1. Drink your morning tea/coffee while meandering around the neighborhood (don’t forget to social distance while getting your steps in!)
      2. Take calls while walking, if possible
      3. Play the stairs game: example if I have to go downstairs, I would go down-backup-down or vice versa to increase daily # of steps
      4. Practice the 50:10 rule – for every 50 minutes of work break for 10 minutes of pushups, jumping jacks, or vigorous dancing to get your blood moving
      5. Take a brisk walk to clear your mind before a grueling task
      6. Take advantage of many free/cheap/sliding scale workout videos available from instagram/youtube celebrities, local gyms and yoga studios, etc..