Suffice to say, the traditional office environment is typically not conducive to healthful habits. From staring at computer screens for hours on end to sitting at your desk all day to ordering in food or surviving on packaged snacks, work life typically wreaks havoc on whatever healthy living plan you set out at home.
But despite the reality that most of the time your workplace working against you when it comes to health, there are some straightforward tips for staying healthy during your nine-to-five. It will take some effort and some planning ahead (use the weekend wisely), but the benefits will be well worth it. Keep scrolling to see helpful tips for how to stay healthy when you’re at a desk from nine to five (and beyond).
Walk Throughout the Day
It’s easy to get glued to your desk during the workday. Accumulating tasks and an unending workload keep us at our computers, with the rare exception of getting up to go to the bathroom or head to a meeting. Try to incorporate brief periods of walking throughout your day. This could mean choosing a printer further from your desk, making sure to make a trip to the break room once per hour, scheduling walking meetings rather than sit downs, or parking a ways from the office so you have a bit of walking time before and after work.
Find a Creative Way to Get a Workout
Leading a sedentary life at work and not having enough time or energy for the gym or a workout class outside of the office is a problem faced by many. Luckily, because the issue is so prevalent, there are many devices on the market to help you work in a workout during your workday. A standing desk is a straightforward option to keep from sitting all day, but there are also other options that can even get your heart rate up while you sit.
Fuel Up on the Right Foods
When you’re stuck at work, it can be easy to grab a quick processed snack from the office kitchen or order an unhealthy lunch. Stocking up on anti-inflammatory snacks can help curb these unhealthy cravings and keep you in line with your healthy eating plan, whatever the workday brings.
Do you have any wellness tips for the workplace? Share them with us in the comments.