Hello divas! I hope that you have had a fantastic week so far. Mine has been pretty good, but busy. For those of you that don’t know, I work in the Math Department office at a local University so I went back to my desk with items stacked and ready for me to tackle when I got there lol. Which brings me to my post today. I try to live a fit and healthy lifestyle as best I can. I find time in my schedule to workout or run. I plan my meals so that I can eat as clean and healthy as possible. But even with all of that, it can be difficult to maintain my healthy lifestyle when I do nothing but sit as a desk all day for the most part. And I know I am not alone. There are many of us who work outside the home, some jobs more “active” than others of course. But all come with similar issues when you are trying to get healthy. So today I thought I would share some of my best tips to stay healthy at work.
Carve a space for yourself. This may be your desk. You may work in a cubicle. You may have a locker of some sort. Whatever you have, you need to have a space of your own. It is important that this space be organized and clean (you don’t want to pick up more germs than necessary after all). For me, I have a desk which I try my best to keep organized and clean so that I know what I have.
Plan your food. I cannot stress enough the importance of planning your food. I have a cute lunchbox that I bring every day with a healthy lunch and healthy snacks for the day. This helps me keep on track as much as possible and keeps me away from the vending machine when I hit that mid-afternoon slump. By packing both lunch and snacks, I can make sure I am eating regularly throughout the day to keep my metabolism going. This also helps keep me from going out to eat every day.
Have an emergency stash. While planning your food is important, you also need an emergency stash of some sort. I keep mine in one of my desk drawers. Stored here are some healthy snacks such as nuts or dried fruits, hand sanitizer, and even a couple of stress relieving essential oils help me get through those super busy days. Again, this helps keep me away from the vending machine.
Drink water. Water is so important to help keep your body functioning and I always make sure to have my water bottle handy so that I can be sure to drink enough each day. Also, a lot of times we think that we are hungry and eat some snack when we are really just a little dehydrated and need to drink water.
Move around throughout the day. This is easier for some of us than others. I have an office job so I spend most of my time at my desk. This means that I have to make myself get up and move every so often (usually once an hour or so). I make sure I take the stairs when possible, walk up and down the hall, maybe even step outside for a few minutes. Whatever it takes to get away from the computer, even if only for a few minutes at a time.
Maximize your lunch break. I know I sometimes fall into the trap of not doing much during lunch. I eat then I spend the rest of my time on social media or making phone calls or reading my kindle. But this is a good time to sneak some exercise and activity minutes into your day. Maybe go for a short walk (or run if you have time to change clothes). If you are like me, there is a gym on campus so I could walk there and do a short workout if need be. Just sitting and maybe stretching in the sunshine would help as well.
Take relaxation break. There is nothing worse than standing up to find all your muscles are still and hurting. Sometimes it is just a good idea to do some basic stretches or yoga poses at your desk. You can even meditate if you like. Again, it is important to break up the monotony of sitting all day and to relieve stress.
Don’t sit in a chair. If your company (or you) are so inclined, don’t opt for a standard desk chair at work. You can use a stability ball instead. Or try out a standing desk. This is personally not my thing but it could work for some.
Exercise before you get home. Most of my exercises are at home, so I don’t stop anywhere on the way. But if you join a gym, stop and workout BEFORE you head home. In my case, I always workout as soon as I get home – before I cook dinner, before I change into lounging clothes. I know that once dinner is started and I start winding down for the night, I won’t want to get my sweat on.
Limit caffeine. I will be the first to tell you I love coffee. I really do. But I have been trying the last few months to limit my caffeine intake. Caffeine can be a good thing (hello waking up early to workout before work). But when drinking too much of it, it can leave us jittery and unable to focus. Instead of an afternoon coffee, try some tea. This will give you a little caffeine if you need it but not as much as coffee. Or better yet, drink some herbal tea (usually no caffeine) or infused water for a little pick me up without the side effect of caffeine.
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What ways to you stay healthy when at work?