Stuck At Your Desk? Staying Healthy During the Work Day

Stuck At Your Desk? Staying Healthy During the Work Day

Stuck At Your Desk? Staying Healthy During the Work Day

It’s easy to succumb to the temptations of the food truck that arrives at your office…or the birthday cake sitting in the lunch room after a co-worker’s celebration. A sugary, caffeinated drink every afternoon can easily become a habit, along with the trip through the drive-thru that turns into your daily lunch routine. If you work in an office, you can get so busy that hours pass before you realize you haven’t gotten up from your desk.

Busy work days are full of opportunities to ignore our commitment to a healthy lifestyle, but a few healthy workplace tips can inspire you how to stay healthy at work.

Prepare your meals and snacks in advance. It might take a little more time at home, but taking healthy meals and snacks for your work day can keep you away from the high-fat, high-calorie fast foods options, and can save you money too.

  • Breakfast: Try oatmeal, fresh fruit, or an egg-white option instead of a fried egg sandwich or pastry.
  • Lunch: You can pack a mason jar full of salad makings, keeping your dressing on the side. By lunch time, you’ll have a healthy meal of fresh greens, vegetables, and protein to enjoy. With a lunch full of superfoods, you will notice the difference in your energy and concentration levels during your afternoon, and without waiting on a fast food line, you’ll accomplish a lot more during your lunch hour.
  • Snacks: When it comes to needing an afternoon snack, don’t let hunger distract you from your projects and make you go running for a sugary or salty snack. Plan ahead by pre-packing single portions of healthy snacks - crunchy raw vegetables, a piece of fruit, or a handful of almonds will quench your hunger and keep you focused.

Consider your caffeine intake – and choose water. If you need to stop for your morning coffee, try to avoid the high-sugar options at the local coffee shop. Don’t rely on caffeine to provide the fluids your body needs to continue functioning properly. Don’t forget to drink plenty of water throughout the day. For an afternoon pick-me-up, try adding fruit like strawberries or oranges to add a little flavor.

Make time to move. Don’t hesitate to get up and move around the office every so often. A quick walk around the office can energize you. Use your lunch hour to further your fitness goals.  Make plans with co-workers to walk around the neighborhood at lunch, or consider joining a gym or fitness class close to your office. If you sit a lot during the day, explore ways to exercise at your desk to help improve circulation and strengthen muscles. You will notice an increase in your concentration and energy levels during the afternoon.

Healthier habits at work might take a little time and effort to get used to, but the benefits to your physical and mental health will be well worth it.