Working a 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. job makes it hard to stay healthy, especially when paired up with a commute and actually having a life. All too often, we find ourselves stopping at the drive-thru or popping a meal into the microwave at night before settling in on the couch. We think, “I’ll work out tomorrow,” but that never happens. Working a desk job is no excuse to let yourself go. There are some simple tips that can help you improve your health a little every day.
Cut out processed foods
Sure, it’s easier to pop a diet meal into the microwave in the break room, but it’s far healthier to bring a lunch from home. Pack a lunch with some crisp greens, lean turkey, cheese cubes, and low-fat dressing to make a filling and healthy lunchtime salad.
Give yourself a break
Of course your boss wants that report by 5 p.m., but that doesn’t mean you have to work your hands – and eyes – to exhaustion. Take a break every 15 to 20 minutes and just look away from your computer.
Get in little workouts
Who says you can’t get fit at work? Keep a set of dumbbells in a desk drawer and pull the out during one of your short breaks. A few reps here and there will add up over the course of a day. You could also apply some foot & ankle brace tape and run the stairs on your lunch break. Every little bit of exercise you can squeeze in will do a world of good for your physique and attitude.
Up your water intake
It’s tempting to keep an ultra-sized cup of a soft drink at your desk or down high-powered energy drinks throughout the day. Instead, purchase a bottle you can keep on top of your desk and fill it with refreshing water. Drinking water helps replenish the body’s fluids and keep you hydrated and alert.
Remember to breathe
At work, you should always remember to do everything you can to remain stress free. Perform some simple yoga stretches during regular breaks, in addition to keeping hydrated. Take short walks outdoors and enjoy the fresh air, and always remember to schedule your projects wisely to avoid time crunches and high stress situations.
With some additional forethought and planning, you can make some simple changes that will help improve your level of health and quality of life. Small alterations to your daily schedule can make all the difference.