Sometimes it’s tough to maintain a healthy lifestyle when you’re sitting at a desk all day. It’s easy to just fall into a routine and when all of your focus during the day is on your work, you’re probably not thinking about your health too much during those 8 hours. Well we’ve done some research and come up with a few easy habits to help you keep healthy while working full-time.
- Stay hydrated. And by hydrated, we’re talking water here, not caffeine. Keep a bottle of water or a water jug at your desk and refill when needed.
- Eat healthy foods. If you sit at a desk all day, you most likely have a snack drawer. Take a look at the snacks you have in your snack drawer and think about how you could replace them with healthier snacks. When we’re at work, we tend to eat what’s convenient – if only healthy foods are accessible, then that’s what we’ll most likely eat. Also, plan your lunches in advance, this will make you less likely to need to eat out during the week.
- Get some fresh air. It’s good to make it a point to get out of the building at least once during the day. Whether you just step outside for a few minutes of fresh air, you eat your lunch outside, or you run a few errands, make sure you’re at least seeing the light of day! Even a few minutes of fresh air will help you feel rejuvenated and refreshed.
- Get some sleep! Most sleep experts recommend 6-8 hours of sleep every night. Develop a good sleep pattern so you can feel refreshed every morning and ready to take on the day. Try to go to bed around the same time every night and wake up around the same time every morning.
- Take breaks. The most obvious type of break is a lunch break, so make sure you’re taking yours! While some days you may not be able to take a full one-hour lunch, make it a point to at least give yourself some time away from your desk to eat your lunch every day. It’s also a good idea to get up from your desk periodically throughout the day… whether its to use the restroom, grab a coffee, or just to stretch your legs.
- Establish a good work-life balance. While work is an important part of your life, it’s not your whole life. If you’re dedicating significantly more time and energy to your work than your home life, that will leave you feeling stressed and your physical and mental well-being off-balance. When you’re home…. be at home. You may need to keep your smartphone on you and check emails periodically, but don’t make that your primary focus while you’re at home with your family.
Do you have any other healthy habits that you practice relating to work? Comment below!