How to Work and Stay Well and Healthy
Studies from the far past have demonstrated that sedentary behavior – for example, sitting at work – raises a person’s risk of cardiovascular problems, chronic conditions like type 2 diabetes, and even cancer in some cases.
Working at the office need not mean that you have to forget about healthy habits. The following are helpful ways to remain on track for maximum health and wellness:
Get the stairs.
We’ve known this every since, but this is very straightforward: when possible, choose the stairs over the elevator. You may not have enough stairs to climb for a significant calorie burn, you are making your heart pump harder and your blood flow more effective. Against taking the elevator, stair climbing also demands eight to nine times more energy and up to seven times more calories.
Pack your own food.
Eating healthy food at the workplace is hardly the most convenient option. It’s easiest to to buy something from a local fast food joint or the cafeteria, but you might consider packing a healthy lunch and some healthy snacks before you call it a night. This will not only give your body the right fuel, but you can also save some cash.
Increase your water intake.
For every pound you weigh, you should drink from half to one ounce of water. If you want to stay adequately hydrated throughout the day, bring a 20-ounce refillable bottle when you go to work and fill it up around 5 times during the day.
Make your work space ergonomic.
If a sit-to-stand desk is not currently available to you, there are methods of making your workspace ergonomically friendly. For example, make sure your mouse, keyboard and monitor are arranged ergonomically. And watch your posture. Sit up straight and take time to adjust the height of your chair so your feet can rest most comfortably flat on the floor.
Rather than using your entire lunch hour for eating, leave time to go for a walk or a bike ride.|Instead of dedicating your full lunch hour to just eating, use your break to snatch a quick walk or maybe a bike ride.|You can always consume your whole lunch hour for eating, but why not spend some of it for a quick walk? If you like company while exercising, ask a friend to do it with you, or see if your company sponsors wellness activities such as yoga or pilates for employees. You can also join a local gym and take part in any exercises classes that occur during your lunch break. Whatever activity you pick, keep your diet well-balanced.
You’re probably too busy at work. But if you keep doing what you’re doing without regard for your health, you may end up ill in the future. Prevent that by making your health your top priority.