It can be a challenge to stay in shape, keep a healthy lifestyle and juggle an office job but with these seven top tips you can improve your lifestyle and work habits.
Sitting at a desk all day is not only tiring, but it can also make it difficult to stay fit. You have less opportunity to get moving and at the end of a stressful day the last thing on your mind is summoning up the energy to go to the gym. After a rough day, all we want to do is curl up in front of the television and eat calorific comfort food and unhealthy snacks.
Workplaces can be soul-destroying when you are trying to stay healthy. It's especially hard when people seem to constantly bring in cakes for birthdays, or there are frequent lunchtime outings with colleagues. Often a tempting sandwich van or vending machine full of tempting treats can prove to be too much. Don’t be discouraged though; it is possible to implement some simple work habit changes to help you keep a healthy and active lifestyle. If you work in an office and want to improve your lifestyle, try these seven top tips to keep healthy.
Seven Top Tips To Try Today
Find Excuses To Move
Ideally, we should have a break from our computers and desks every hour- so if needed set an alarm every hour. Use this time to go to another office and speak to a colleague instead of sending them an email. You could even walk up and down the stairs. Keeping moving is vital to prevent stiffness, improve blood circulation and burn calories- so if there is a reason to walk, use it.
Get A Good Night’s Sleep
Being tired can make us crave stimulants such as caffeine and sweet treats throughout the day. This can instantly blow a week of healthy eating. Being tired makes us slump in our desks and makes us less inclined to get up, or be active during our lunch breaks. Try and get a good night’s sleep by switching off electronic devices an hour before bed, taking a warm, relaxing bath and read a fiction book to help drift you off to a restful sleep. Waking up refreshed will keep you committed to your healthy goals and give you the energy to keep moving.
Bring Your Own Lunch
Preparing your work lunch in the morning, or even the night before will help you to stay on track with healthy eating as you have already prepared a healthy feast for lunch. When tiredness and stress hit us after a busy morning at work, we can opt for calorific lunch options and junk food when we buy lunch or use the work canteen. Bringing your own lunch will help you to commit to your goals and will also save you money.
Keep Healthy Snacks To Hand
Workplaces are full of sugary treats and temptations which is why it’s important to keep a selection of snacks in your desk drawer to help you resist temptation. Sugary treats don’t truly satisfy your hunger so don’t use that as an excuse to give in to temptation, instead, opt for dried fruit, crudités and hummus or nuts. They will give you the energy boost as well as having a nutritional benefit. If you really struggle, opt for dark chocolate as your sweet treat.
Drink Lots Of Water
Staying hydrated is important for keeping you awake, alert and productive at work. Drinking lots of water can also help you to feel full and fight off cravings. If you feel hungry and are tempted by unhealthy snacking, drink a glass of water first and hopefully, your craving should have dissipated. If you need to liven up water to make you drink more, pop a couple of slices of cucumber, lemon or strawberry in your water bottle.
To stop you crumbling when the morning sandwich van rolls around or the local café beckons, opt for eating a nutritious and wholesome breakfast. Breakfast truly sets you up for the day and can help you to stave off hunger until lunchtime and stop you needing junk food.
Get A Pedometer
Using a pedometer to count the steps you take may shock you into moving more at work. We should all aim for 10,000 steps a day, and using a pedometer can really help you to stay on track of your goals. Create a healthy competition with yourself; you’ll find yourself more inclined to use the stairs and make sure you take a walk at lunchtime.