Staying healthy at work can be difficult for many of us who work in an office environment. This is especially true if sitting behind a desk and working at a computer accounts to a majority of the work week. This can amount to 40 or more hours of poor posture, lack of exercise, and unhealthy food options.
That being said, with just a few adjustments, you can develop a healthy lifestyle at work.
Here are some tips on how to stay healthy in the office.
Plan your office snacks and lunch ahead of time, so you aren’t tempted to take the walk to your office vending machine. Bring your snacks in bulk to work at the beginning of the week, so that you don’t have to thinking about your snacks everyday. Take advantage of your fridge not just for your lunch, but also for fruits and veggies to munch on during the day. Also try to brown bag your lunch as much as you can. This way you’ll know exactly what you’re putting into your body. Aim to stay away from artificial sugars and preservatives.
The easiest way to do good for your body is to drink a glass of water. Make sure you hydrate whenever you can. Work can also sometimes come with early morning or late nights. It’s easy to grab a coffee to to help you tide over the lull in the day. However, try instead to reach for alternative more healthy energy-boosting drinks or snacks.
The best way to protect yourself is to wash your hands often. In high traffic areas, think about setting up some easy to access hand sanitizer stations. For example, you may want to have some up on at the reception desk, kitchen, and the printer and photocopying area.
Exercising doesn’t have to be hard. There are simple things you can do at work, that’s have a positive effect on your physical health. The easiest one, is to simply stand up. Think about rolling out sanding desks to promote this idea. You can also do exercises at your desk for healthy blood flow in your legs and wrists. Another simple route, would be to take a quick walk outside (or around the office). This is especially important if you work at a computer, to avoid eyestrain.
We know how big of an impact stress can half on your life. In fact, about 15.2 million days were lost because of work-related stress, depression and anxiety in 2013. Make sure you take some time to create a positive work life balance. Plan holiday’s for the year, but also take time in the day to get away from your desk to unwind and refresh.
Implementing these tips in your work routine will not only help you perform better at work, but can make a big difference in your overall health.
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