Staying healthy should be a top priority for everyone. However when you’re working 40 hours a week at an office job, maintaining a healthy lifestyle can be tricky. Taking advantages of any chance you can to be healthier at work can make a big difference in how you feel.
1. Drink Lots of Water
Hydration is a key component to staying healthy. Drinking water helps keep your skin from drying out and helps flush toxins from your body. You should aim to have approximately nine glasses of water each day. It’s especially important to drink plenty of water if you’re starting to feel under the weather. Bring in a plastic water bottle so you can refill in the office and cut down on any excess bottles or cups.
2. Go for Walks
Sitting at your desk for eight hours a day doesn’t do much for a healthy lifestyle. Take a few minutes to walk around and stretch your legs. You can walk around the office building or, if you have the time during your lunch break, you can go outside and get some fresh air and sunshine. Even a short walk outside can get your body to produce the vitamin D it needs for the day. Just be sure to bundle up in the winter weather.
3. Keep Your Work Space Clean
If you have seasonal allergies, the indoors can be just as bad as the outdoors. Dust can accumulate around your desk space, especially around computer monitors. A quick dusting once a week can help cut down on any dust that can trigger your allergies.
4. Cut Down on Snacking
As tempting as the donuts your coworker brought in might be, eating those sweets and baked goods aren’t going to do you any favors. The occasional snack is fine, but if you feel you’re going to need some additional sustenance during the day, bring in a container of mixed nuts like almonds or walnuts – they’re healthier than baked goods and the protein can help give you an extra boost during your day.
5. Work Ergonomically
Optimize your workspace to the most of its capabilities. Working ergonomically means setting up your desk to produce the least stress on your body. If your legs get tense during the day, adjust your chair to give them more movement. If your wrists hurt after an hour of typing, change the keyboard height. You can even adjust your desk so you can stand while working. Find out what setup works best for your body.
Just because you work 40 hours a week doesn’t mean you can’t stay healthy and happy. Treating your body right with food and water is only half of it – finding little ways to keep your body moving can also keep you healthy at work.
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