Easy Tips on How to Stay Healthy At Work
By Lee Holmes
So many people tell me that they want to be healthy but it’s just too hard! How are we meant to eat properly, exercise every day, get an adequate amount of sleep, have a social life, spend time with the family and still have time to breathe?
Do you want to learn my number one tip?
Take it slow and take it one step at a time!
Start your day off early with a morning walk. Go without your phone – just you and your walking shoes. We all need time to disconnect from our surroundings and focus inward. If walking doesn’t seem like such a good option for you, find something else that does. Perhaps try out a gym class, find a yoga spot or even a swim before work!
Being active before you start work helps set you up properly for the day so you can work and function more efficiently. Plus, you won’t need to worry about running to the gym when you get home because you’ve done your exercise for the day.
When you’re at work, try standing up and walking around every hour or so for a stretch to get the circulation flowing. You could even consider getting a standing desk if it’s available to you.
When it gets to 10am and you’re thinking about food, what do you reach for? Be sure to keep healthy snacks on hand I your desk drawer so you’re not ravenous by lunchtime. I recommend having cut-up veggies in the staff fridge, fresh fruit, nuts, home-made seed and nut bars, bliss balls, healthy muffins and snacks.
Keeping a bottle of water next to you at all times to sip throughout the day is a great reminder to stay hydrated. If you dismiss the idea of drinking cold water every ten minutes and find it boring, why not bring some tea bags to work? Sipping on herbal tea will help calm your mind and keep you hydrated while you’re typing away.
When it comes to lunchtime, a great tip to staying healthy at work is to make your meals something that you look forward to. Lunch is your chance to recharge your batteries and give your brain a rest. Try packing your own and be as creative as you like! One of the easiest ways to bring your own lunch is to make enough at dinner the night before to take for lunch the next day. You can try make salads and baked vegetables, a curry (which always tastes better on day two) , vegetable wraps, a stir fry or a hearty homemade stew.
Taking a lunch break has been scientifically proven to make us happier and more productive workers. So, when you’re taking your lunch break, try take it away from your desk.
Eating at your desk is not ideal for digestion and can lead to overeating and eating too quickly which can bring on the symptoms of reflux and indigestion. It can also make your desk a breeding ground for bacteria (not fun!).
Once a week, make a lunch date with a co-worker to enjoy some actual face to face time. Or, use the time to go for a walk and get some fresh air. Walking helps clear the mind and gives you a fresh new perspective!
Try incorporating one or more of these tips into your workday and see how much of a difference it makes!