Do you find yourself, like most Americans, sitting at a desk for 40+ hours a week? It’s important, for our health and well-being, to implement movement and healthy habits into our daily work routine in order to avoid health issues, weight gain, and stress. Here are some healthy desk job habits that you can practice to increase your health and well-being.
5 Healthy Desk Job Habits:
Walk at lunch
If going to the gym before or after work just doesn’t work for you, utilize your lunch break. If you have an hour break, use half of it to eat and the other half to go on a walk. Going on walks gets your blood flowing, prevents illness, and improves well-being. If you don’t want to do it alone or lack the motivation, have some co-workers join you to make it a daily ritual.
Make elevators your enemy
Take the stairs! Stairs are everywhere and often right in front of you. It is easier to take the stairs than to go to the gym, so embracing them as a tool for your health only makes sense. Taking the stairs is a free workout that builds muscle and decreases stress. An added bonus is the stairs are usually a lot less crowded than stuffy elevators.
Plan your lunch
Rather than eating a frozen meal or going out to eat, plan ahead of time what you are going to eat for lunch. Planning ahead makes it so you can avoid making unhealthy lunch choices. Put aside some time every Sunday to make your lunches for the week, or make enough dinner to ensure you have leftovers for the next day’s lunch.
Drink lots of water
Keeping a reusable water bottle at your desk is a great way to make sure you’re getting enough water. Drinking water helps fights fatigue, improves mood, boosts productivity, and treats headaches. In addition, you will get more walking in with trips you take to the restroom and to refill your bottle. If you’re not a fan of the taste, try adding some berries or lemon to improve the flavor.
Avoid the vending machine
Instead of hitting up the vending machine for a candy bar, or any other unhealthy, sugary snack you are tempted by, keep healthy snacks at your desk. Ditching the vending machine helps you avoid high-sugar, low-nutrition foods that will only result in a sugar crash. Try keeping nuts, dried fruit, or protein bars in your desk for when the hunger pains kick in. Our Too Busy To Eat protein bars are the perfect snack to keep stashed in your desk, we have Vanilla Coconut, Double Chocolate Chip, and Cookie Dough!
With all the time being spent at the office, and with everything else that goes on in life, your health is sometimes easy to neglect. Following these healthy desk job habits make improving your health and well-being easier and more tangible. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin for more tips on living a healthy life.