How to stay healthy at work

If you work full-time it can sometimes be difficult to keep up with that New Year’s resolution of improving your health/staying healthy.  But working 9-5 shouldn’t stop you from taking some steps to a healthier lifestyle – yes, you may be tired when you get in from work, and family life may take over but there are some simple things that you can do DURING your working day to stay healthy.

A healthy hour

The most important thing to do at lunch is to get away from your desk and take a break.  Some lucky employees may have access to a gym at their place of work but even without fancy equipment you can still get some exercise.  Go outside and take a walk – you could even make it a social occasion with your colleagues too.  Whether you get an hour, 30 mins or less, just get yourself moving and you’ll really feel the benefits.

Change up your commute

If it’s possible, ditch the car journey.   There are lots of us who use the car unnecessarily for short journeys when we could quite easily walk or at least cycle so why not give it a go – even if it’s just once or twice a week.   If you do have to drive to work, try parking a little further away in the morning, just to make sure you’re getting a few more steps in every day.

Going up?

If you work in a tower block, avoid the lift and take the stairs up to the office instead.  You might feel a little out of breath the first few times, but you’ll soon build up stamina and will be able to sprint up those stairs in no time!

Take regular breaks

Staying healthy in the workplace isn’t just about trying to fit some exercise in – it’s also about looking after your overall health.  If you use a computer or other visual equipment, taking regular breaks will help you to avoid headaches and eye strain.  If you are feeling under pressure at work, take some time out for a breather and to give yourself some time to relax.  Your mental health is just as important as your physical health.

Be prepared

If cutting down on junk food and snacks is part of your healthy plan, make sure you are prepared.  Whether it’s through boredom, frustration or simple peer-pressure (every office has someone that brings donuts in every week, right?) it can be hard to resist temptation when you are at work.  Take in a healthy packed lunch and a few snacks to keep you going through the day, and hopefully you can avoid the call of that vending machine just down the corridor!

Stay hydrated

We all know that drinking plenty of water is good for us, but how many of us actually get our quota throughout the day? Not only can water help to keep us energised and stave off those hunger pangs, it is really good for keeping your skin healthy, particularly in air-conditioned offices which could otherwise dry your skin out.   Stick a big water bottle or jug on your desk that you can chug throughout the day, or take a few trips to the water cooler – if you’re wearing a Fitbit or other fitness tracker it’ll all add up to those 10,000 steps per day!

Beat those bugs

Winter flu viruses can be really nasty and sometimes there is just no avoiding them, especially when you’re cooped up in a small office space with your co-workers. But you can take steps to avoid them where possible.  If there’s a bug going round (let’s face it, it’s January so there is bound to be something!) try to avoid sharing items of stationery with colleagues and where possible, avoid the dreaded handshakes.  It goes without saying, but always wash your hands after using the bathroom and keep a bottle of hand sanitizer on your desk.  It’s a crucial piece of equipment at this time of year!

 

 

The above post is intended to be informative but does not constitute advice – financial, legal or otherwise. Any opinions given are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the views of SO Media.

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