We always want to be in tip-top shape. But when you spend most of your day in the office, how can you stay fit and healthy?
We’ve all heard of the old saying that health is wealth. Growing up, our parents constantly looked after our well-being, and as we gained the years, the responsibility to be in tip-top form became ours to carry. This though is easier said than done, especially with the daily grind of work, not to mention the inevitable hassles of life.
Spending most of your day in an office, you’d probably think it’s impossible to practice healthy habits regularly (unless your office has an in-office gym or serves catered meals everyday). Well, you can forget about that thought because it can’t be farther from the truth. In fact, keeping a strong mind, body, and spirit in the workspace is easy as pie.
Here are 6 easy ways to stay healthy in the office:
1. Cut Down on Coffee
Yes, you read it right. Minimize your caffeine intake. One cup of coffee gives you a good dose of healthful antioxidants, boosts your memory and provides you that early-morning pick-me-up. But drinking too much coffee throughout the day can make it difficult to fall asleep at night, and lack of sleep is a good way to sabotage your health. If you’re feeling low on energy, skip coffee. Instead, eat fruit or drink juice rich in vitamin C.
2. Drink Plenty of Water
When you’re immersed in work, you lose track of how much water you drink in a day. You can get dehydrated which may cause you to be drowsy and sluggish. So, it’s a good idea to drink between six and eight glasses of water everyday to keep you hydrated and active. To make drinking water fun, get a cool water bottle, one with a cute straw or a flippy lid.
3. Eat Light and Healthy Meals
Lunch break is the time when you can replenish your energy after the first few hours of grueling work. To avoid eating unhealthy, stay away from restaurant meals or fast food which often include large portions and high-calorie choices. Instead, take time the night before to pack a healthy lunch for the next day. Make sure to include some lean protein, salad or fresh veggies, and fresh fruit for lasting energy with no afternoon slump.
4. Take Breaks and Move Your Body
Notice we said breaks? Don’t pass up on a break no matter how busy you get. You have at least three breaks and a number of opportunities to walk around the office and stretch. Take a short walk outside after you had your lunch. Walk to your co-worker’s desk rather than chat on the computer when you want to talk over something. The point here is for you to move your body every now and then because it’s been known that people in the workplace who sit in front of their monitors for long hours are more likely to develop tension neck syndrome (TNS).
5. Keep Your Workspace Clean
A clean workplace means more than just having a sparkling, fresh desk. Hundreds of germs and bacteria can harbor a desk (gross, right?), so make sure not to only clean your desk but sanitize it as well by regularly wiping it down with disinfectant wipes. Also, always wash your hands to prevent from yourself from getting sick as a coworker’s handshake could transmit everything from the common cold to a dangerous infection.
6. Manage Stress Properly
Work can get stressful at times and it can really affect both mind and body. When you feel you’ve reached your stress limit, take a minute (or more) of your time to stop, breathe and look away from work and you’ll feel a lot better. You can also think of happy thoughts or if you really need to take out your frustrations, use a stress-relief toy, it will ease your stress and salvage your relationship at work.
Staying fit and healthy in the office requires discipline and effort. Results won’t be achieved overnight, but by incorporating healthy habits you ensure yourself of a better mental and physical well-being.
Did I miss anything? Got any secrets to staying healthy in the office? Share it in the comments section.