Healthy habits for the workplace

3 MIN READ February 18, 2019
Whether you’re a regular after-work gym fanatic or more of an after-work drinks enthusiast, the hours we spend working, many of us behind a desk, take a toll on both our physical and mental health.

Here are a few easy ways to incorporate some healthy habits into your everyday work life.

Get moving

We’re not saying you need to go for a run every lunch break – something as simple as taking a quick walk down the road can do wonders for your health, and it’s a great way to clear your head after staring at a computer for long periods of time.

If you’re that way inclined, you could also hop on your bike and cycle to work every day. Another option is to get off the bus a stop or two earlier, or park your car a little bit further away so at least you get a bit of exercise.

Change up your environment

It’s easy to sit in one position and not move much when everything is within arm’s reach. Try moving any files or pens to a higher or lower shelf so you actually need to reach or move around to get at them. Some people have found success with a standing desk too – it could be worth investing in!

For your mental health, having a clean, organised desk is key. Even if you get busy and things end up all over the place, take some time at the end of the day to set things straight and detach from work. That way when you arrive in the morning, your tidy desk will be there waiting for you to make a fresh start.

Prepare healthy food

This one is pretty common with anyone trying to be healthier – it’s all about what you eat. At work it can be easy to pop down to the local cafe or grab something on the go, but your health is not going to benefit from this. Try preparing your lunch the night before, and always have some healthy snacks like nuts and fruit on hand.

Stay hydrated

Let’s not get carried away, almost everyone needs a coffee pick-me-up in the morning. But just remember that coffee can be very dehydrating, so for every coffee you drink, try also drinking a glass or two of water. You can also set a goal for yourself and aim to fill your water bottle up a few times a day – it’s a good chance to stretch your legs and get away from the computer for a minute or two too.

If you get very busy throughout the day, you could try setting reminders on your phone to alert you to drink water or move around every so often.

Here’s to a happier, healthier you!


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