Whether you are on your feet throughout the day, stuck in an office or working from home, chances are your workday habits could use a healthy boost. When we become focused on a task we often forget to care for ourselves, but ignoring our health for eight-plus hours a day is a recipe for disaster. Here, at BE. we are devoted to helping you be you, and we’d like that to be a healthy you. Last month, in New Year’s Life Resolution, we discussed turning the corner to a healthier life, so this month we thought we’d give you some tips to get your healthy on during your workday.
Take a Break: In today’s world, it is almost certain that technology plays a role in your workday. The backlit screens of computers can wreak havoc on our eyes and cause improper posture which hurts your neck and spine. For every 20 minutes of screen time give your eyes a 20 second break.
Take a Stroll: If your job doesn’t have you on your feet and moving then you probably spend the majority of your work day in a chair. Sitting for long periods of time allows the body to go stagnant. Your metabolism slows down and your mind and body get tired and lazy. Try to get up and move once an hour. If you need an answer from a coworker, walk to their desk rather than sending an email. If you can’t leave your office, stand and stretch those back muscles out for a couple minutes. Get your muscles moving and your blood flowing.
Take a Breather: Take a minute once or twice throughout your workday to take a deep breath. Stop what you are doing, close your eyes and simply breathe. Clear your mind of the To Do list (it will still be there when you are finished) and focus on inhaling, allowing your abdomen to expand, and exhaling. Deep breathing not only helps you relax, but it is also thought to relieve stress. You work hard. Take a moment for yourself to just be.
Pack a Lunch: Sure going out to eat gives us a change of scenery and is often a social aspect of our jobs. But eating lunch out isn’t good for your wallet or your waistline. Try to gather a group of coworkers to pack lunch and eat together in the cafeteria. On warmer days, walk to a park or find an outdoor eating space to get a change of view. Packing lunch will help you drastically cut calories and costs.
Reach for a Snack: Snacking between meals is encouraged, in order to keep your metabolism revved and your meals smaller. But if you find yourself hungry and have only vending machines or raiding the staff lounge as your options, chances are you aren’t going to find a very healthy choice. Stock your office (or locker, or car, whatever is accessible) with healthy portion-controlled snacks so you have options within reach when hunger comes calling.
Hydrate: Our bodies need water and for most of us drinking it often falls by the wayside. Keep
a reusable cup or water bottle on your desk so that you have a visual reminder to drink it. Use your walking break to refill!
Try to incorporate these into your workday and see how much better you feel!