Take the local lunch delivery option off speed dial, put the biscuits down and get up from that office chair you’re glued to. Long office hours, desk-based working and a general lack of time make staying fit and healthy in a modern office environment more difficult than ever. While of course we advocate hard work and dedication, it doesn’t have to be at the detriment of your health and wellbeing.
With that in mind, here are a few simple steps that you can take to ensure you’re staying fit and healthy at work.
H2O – Drink more water
Let’s start with the basics, although we’re all aware of the benefits of drinking water, many of us are guilty of simply not getting enough. Studies show that even mild dehydration can impair energy levels and mood, and lead to noticeable reductions in memory and cognitive performance. To stay focused and productive, reach for your water bottle and keep your body hydrated throughout the day. Keeping a large bottle of water on your desk is a great way of tracking how much—or little—you’re drinking.
Pack a lunch box
With the seemingly infinite number of mouthwatering delivery options only a couple of clicks away, resisting the temptation to order lunch can often prove futile. However, even ‘healthy’ options can be deceiving, with meals often being high in calories, salt or saturated fat. Preparing a packed lunch and snacks for the day ahead will not only help your waistline, but your bank balance will also reap the benefits. Prepare lean protein, fruit and vegetable-filled lunches to avoid the afternoon slump and stay fuller for longer.
Let exercise be your stress relief
While the benefits of exercise on our health and well-being are undeniable, after a long day at work, strenuous activity is often the last thing we want to do. One solution: incorporate exercise into your working day. Walk or cycle to work if possible, use the stairs, get up from your desk and go for a walk or try group exercise with colleagues.
Cut the caffeine
For many of us, coffee is a daily ritual; a necessity for getting through the working day. After the short energy boost has worn off, however, we are often left feeling drowsy and unproductive, and the caffeine ‘saviour’ is actually anything but. Avoid slumps in energy by limiting your intake—swap your afternoon coffee for a herbal tea, or have a handful of nuts to give you a boost.
Save sweets and biscuits for special occasions
When biscuits, sweets or cake arrive in the office, they can be near impossible to turn down. Try and limit yourself to only indulging on special occasions, and resist the urge to go back for a second helping!
Spending day after day sitting at a desk can play havoc with our posture. Try and alleviate the potential problems and discomfort by ensuring your chair is at the right height relative to your computer screen, and your back is adequately supported. Aim to stand up and realign your posture at regular intervals during the day.
Without trying to sound too cliché, a healthy body makes for a healthy mind. Ditch the energy drinks and takeaways, however healthy they may seem and see how much more productive you can be.
Article written by Abby Weetman, Senior Finance & Accounting Recruiter
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