Most people spend the majority of their waking hours at work, leaving little time for exercising and focusing on overall well-being. With so much going on, it can be difficult to work healthy habits into our daily work routines.
Here are some easy ways that you can take advantage of your own health at work and get on your way to a happier, healthier, and more productive workday!
1. Take frequent breaks.
Sitting at a computer all day can seriously strain your eyes, wrists, and back. Your body needs a break, so do yourself a favor and take a quick break every hour. Breaks will also give you some time to clear your mind and come back to your tasks with better focus.
2. Keep healthy snacks at your desk.
If your only snack options come from a vending machine, chances are good that you’re not going to find too many healthy, natural snacks. Keep healthy snacks like fresh fruit or nuts at your desk, and you’ll be snacking healthily all day long. If you prepackage snacks in small bags, you can avoid overeating. Also, keep a reusable water bottle at your desk so you get plenty of water!
3. Bring your own lunch.
This requires just a little bit of planning ahead, but bringing your lunch can really pay off in the long run, saving you tons of money and extra calories. Stock up on Tupperware for easy-to-make salads, or pack up your leftovers into a lunch-sized portion the night before. Canned soups also make excellent low-calorie lunches.
4. Keep your work station clean.
Your phone, mouse, and keyboard can contain thousands of germs, so wipe down your work station frequently to avoid getting sick.
5. Get up and move!
If you spend the majority of your day sitting, try to create opportunities to move around whenever possible. You can take a quick walk during your lunch break, or conduct a meeting outside if the weather is nice. Find an office walking buddy, and you’ll both be more likely to keep it up.