You spend most of your life at work, so isn’t it just as important to make sure that you are as healthy while you are there, as you are when you’re at home? If you’re not sure whether or not you are being healthy at work, then there are a number of different ways in which you can improve things such as your diet, posture, and exercise whilst working to ensure that you can remain fit and healthy as long as possible.
So, to make things a little easier for you, we have put together five tips that should help you stay healthy while you are in the office.
Tips for Keeping Healthy At Your Desk
1. Have a Healthy Phone Manner
Did you know that just answering your phone every day can make a huge difference to your health? This may not be in the way that you think. In fact, holding your phone on your shoulder for an extended period of time may actually lead to strains and misalignments in your back and even slipped discs, even with a phone attachment. The best way to solve this problem is to use a headset when you’re making phone calls, which can be worn all day long without a problem.
2. Do Your Stretches
If you are sitting at a desk all day you may end up very stiff in a number of areas of your body including your arms, legs, back, neck and shoulders. A good way to combat these aches and pains is to do stretches while you are at your desk. This can include stretching your neck and arms rotating your feet to get the blood flowing. There are a number of websites available which can provide you with a range of excellent exercises that can be done whilst sitting at your desk, so there is no need to get up and move around in order to do them.
3. Put Down the Junk Food
It is very easy to snack while you are sat at your desk. However, it is just as important to avoid doing so. Chocolates and sweets are easy to come by in an office and you will often find yourself eating more than your fair share if you are concentrating on your work while you’re grazing. So try to have some healthy snacks nearby such as nuts, protein bars or carrot sticks which will keep you going until lunchtime.
4. Keep Well Hydrated
Your body still requires water, even if you spend your day in a chair at the office. Being well-hydrated means that you are mentally alert, flushing out toxins from your system and not craving unhealthy foods during your working day. As well as this, going and getting a drink of water every so often will mean that you are getting up and about and out of your chair which will also help to improve your health and keep your circulation going.
5. Get Up and Walk Around
This can often be quite difficult if you are finishing some very important work, or you just do not feel like you have the time. It also may be difficult to get the okay from your employer to be able to spend a few minutes away from your desk every hour or so. Although incredibly unhealthy, this is something that is easier for smokers to do as they are allowed designated breaks throughout the day.
If you are not able to get away from your desk as much as you need then an excellent alternative would be to have a standing desk. This will mean you will have the freedom to stand up at your desk, keep fit and healthy and look after your posture while also being able to carry out your full workload. So follow these five tips and you will see a healthier, fitter you in no time.