If you have an office job, it’s pretty easy to remain sedentary, staring at a screen, for 8+ hours a day. Let’s just say it’s not an environment best suited to staying healthy and rejuvenated.
But it is possible to do little things here and there to make sure you’re taking care of yourself. Work at staying healthy, and your body will thank you. Read on 8 tips below on how to stay healthy while under those fluorescent lights.
Make Hydration Benchmarks.
Buy a Nalgene or water bottle and write markers on the outside with times (example: 11AM, 2PM, 5PM). Drink water past those lines by the specified time.
Automate Getting out of your seat
Will power is overrated. Set a calendar reminder for evert 30 to 60 minutes that says “get up and move!”. Walk to the water cooler, get some fresh air, or anything else that gets you out of your seat.
Reward task completion with a healthy snack
Healthy snacks improve overall health, curb cravings, elevate mood and boost brainpower. After completing a long task, reward yourself with something healthy to eat.
Rejuvenate with a walk
Pop in your earbuds and go for a walk during your call with a client, vendor or colleague. Walking while on a call can improve your confidence too, so it can be a great way to close a deal.
Positive psychology for positive physiology
Mental health professionals are finding that practicing gratitude can benefit our physical health too. First thing after you sit at your desk each day, write down 3 things you’re grateful. Don’t let yourself have coffee until you’ve completed this exercise each morning.
Recharge with a nap during lunch
Naps reduce stress and bolster your immune system. 45 minutes lunch break = 25 minutes to eat + 20 minutes to nap. For the nap, hop in the passenger seat of your car and set an alarm.
Take the long way
Park your car in the spot furthest away from the door to the office. This will force you to add a couple extra steps throughout your day.
Stretch it out
Sitting at a desk and typing for the majority of the day can cause all sorts of aches, pains, and strains. Try these 3 simple stretches when you feel the pain coming on.1
1. Place your left hand over the fingers of your right hand. Bend your wrist down slowly until you feel a light stretch, hold for about 5 seconds and relax. Repeat 3X then alternate to bending upwards.
2. Drop your head down slowly towards one shoulder until you feel stretch. Hold for 5-10 seconds. Repeat 3x on each side.
3. While exhaling, lean forward, drop your head towards your knees and let your hands drop towards your ankles. Hold for about 5 seconds. Then inhale and bring your head up slowly, reversing the movement you made going down. Repeat 3-5 times.