We’re told to be as active as we can every day, but given that most of us are chained to a desk for much of the day, we’ve got our work cut out in that department. Or maybe not. Here are some handy tips for staying healthy when you have a desk job.
Take a break every hour
The average person can only focus so long then they lose concentration, so getting up and stretching your legs for a few minutes improves your concentration and it’s better for your physical health. Take any chance you can to move.
Stretch at your desk
Working for long periods at your desk and using a computer can wreak havoc on your posture and the health of your spine, so do some stretching at your desk for a few minutes every hour. Here are some nice easy moves from the good people at Bupa.
Take the stairs whenever you can
Resist the urge to use the lift, and instead go and see that colleague on the fourth floor instead of sending an email. It all adds up when it comes to staying fit and healthy.
Walk and talk
If you’re on the phone, walk around the office if you can. You might look like you’re pacing and maybe not sane, but at least you’ll be keeping fit!
Make eating well a priority
It’s all too easy to skip lunch, grab something at our desk, or hit the vending machine when we’re busy, but it will do your energy levels and overall health no favours. Take your own healthy lunch to work and include plenty of protein to keep blood sugar levels stable throughout the day. Keep healthy snacks like fruit and nuts in your desk drawer for when hunger strikes.
Drink water, and lots of it
Drinking water will keep you hydrated and healthy, and it will help boost your concentration and stave off tiredness.
Take your breaks
It’s tempting to work through your breaks if you have a lot on, but it’s much better for you, physically and mentally, to take your break and go for a walk outside, read, or just have some quiet time to yourself to recharge your batteries.
Set up a weight management/activity group
If there’s not one already, why not set up a group in your workplace, either for weight management or for sport and exercise? You could start a walking group, five-a-side league, or vow to join a gym together and be exercise buddies. You’re all in it together and you can spur each other on.
Walk or cycle to work
If you don’t live too far from work, try walking to work to add to your daily exercise quota. Many workplaces have cycle to work schemes now, so if you don’t have one, you can look at setting one up to improve the health of the workforce overall. If public transport is necessary, get off one stop early and walk the rest of the way.