Just because you work in an office doesn’t mean you can’t still lead a healthy lifestyle. There are plenty of things you can do, from investing in a standing desk to getting moving outside, to maintain your health if you work in an office.
Let’s look at some ways both you and your employer can invest in a healthier workplace.
Sitting at a desk all day is bad for both our bodies and our minds, so employers need to understand the importance of movement. Moving more in your day could include small changes like:
- Walking around the building once an hour
- Walking up the stairs instead of taking the elevator
- Hosting a short, 10-minute stretching session
- Having walking meetings when laptops or presentations aren’t required
- Using an exercise ball instead of a chair (these balls help strengthen your core)
Both you and your company can work on creative ways of incorporating movement into the day.
Invest in a Standing Desk
A few years ago, standing desks were costly and cumbersome, but technology has come a long way and now investing in a standing desk can cost as little as $25! Standing throughout the day won’t help you drop major pounds, but it will help you be a little more active, help alleviate back pain, and contribute to an overall healthier workplace.
Make Healthy Choices
Granted, this tip doesn’t apply exclusively to the office, but making healthy decisions throughout your day will help you maintain your health in and outside of work. Rather than opting for the classic bag of chips at lunch, eat some fresh veggies instead. Don’t just rely on the closest fast food places around the office for lunch – pack your own healthy lunch! And this includes how you de-stress after work, too. Instead of reaching for that glass of wine or beer at the end of a long day, hit the gym to enjoy a natural stress relief method. Drugs and alcohol make living a healthy lifestyle difficult, so if you need help cutting out these bad habits, consider treatment.
Consider Your Mental Health
All of the previous tips will help you feel better physically, but it’s important to take care of your mind, too. We put ourselves through so much during the day that it’s no wonder we’re exhausted by the time we get home. Don’t be afraid to take breaks throughout the day or even a mental health day if you need one. Your workplace will understand this break because afterwards, you will come back refreshed and ready to work even harder.
If you work in an office, consider both your mental and physical health. By maintaining your health, you will look, feel, and perform better at work.
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