We've all heard about a work/life balance and why it is so important for our overall health and wellbeing. We also know that being active is important…so how do you achieve both, especially when you're stuck behind a desk all day.
One of the hardest things about working in an office job is that you're probably pretty inactive for a lot of your day and it could be having a negative impact on your health.
To help you try beat the system we've come up with 4 simple health tips, to help you be a little healthier during your nine to five.
1. Stay active
Try to move your body regularly to help combat some of the negative effects of sitting down for most of the day.
Get up from your desk regularly and go for a walk around the office. Maybe go make yourself a cup of green tea, or take a walk to the bathroom (try going for one on a different floor for an even more adventurous loo break), or, quite simply, walk over to your colleague to ask a question instead of emailing or sending them a message.
Small changes like these can add up so why not set yourself little goals. A popular one is to try to walk at least 10,000 steps a day so why not start there – most smart watches and phones come with built in pedometers that give you a good idea of how you're going.
2. Schedule your workouts
Like they say in the scouts, be prepared. Make a point of planning your workouts for the week ahead of time and commit to them – this is where apps like Classpass come in handy!
A great way to fit your exercise in is to do it first thing in the morning – if that works for you. It can be too tempting to skip your workout in the evening and make excuses like working late or being too tired.
3. Stay hydrated
We can't say this enough: HYDRATE! With the temperatures soaring it's easy to forget to drink enough water.
A couple of really simple ways to track your intake include:
• Keeping a 1L bottle on your desk that you can easily refill from the water cooler – try to drink at least two of them throughout the day.
• If a big bottle seems daunting why not get yourself a glass to keep on your desk and commit to filling it up every hour.
(Both of these are also great ways to get a few more steps on for the day!)
4. Pack your lunch
When you're hungry and unprepared the temptation to eat junk is strong – very strong. You let yourself get too hungry and end up ordering what ever delivers quickest. Avoid the junk cravings by packing your lunch every day, rather than eating out. It can save you money, and help you be better prepared to make healthier choices.
Now, that being said, if you're not the kind of person who likes to cook or maybe you just don't have the time or inspiration, then why not just order yourself some deliciously healthy meals ahead of time? Use something like our weekly order to save money, time, effort and still get a mouth-watering lunch out of it.
Now, most of the things on this list probably feel a bit like common sense, and they're probably things you do anyway without even thinking about them – after all, we all have to use the bathroom at some point in the day, right?
Do you have any other fab ideas to stay healthy at work? Let us know
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