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Published on November 06, 2014

6 Quick Tips to Stay Healthy in an Office Environment

Staying Healthy in an Office

Staying Healthy in an Office

Office jobs might be one of the biggest contributors to poor health.  Sitting at a desk all day could limit our physical activity and contribute to unhealthy habits.  When we’re sitting at a desk, the temptation to pass the day with unhealthy snacks can be hard to resist.  With the advancements of technology, the number of sedentary jobs that are available may increase over time.

Here are a few quick tips to beat the unhealthy office traps:

1. Office Posture Matters. If you sit behind a desk for hours at a time, you're vulnerable to neck and back pain or sore wrists and fingers.  Proper office ergonomics — including correct chair height, adequate equipment spacing and good desk posture — can help you stay comfortable at work.

2. Find a fun, BPS-free water bottle to keep at your desk.  You will be more inclined to drink water, and filling the bottle multiple times a day will increase your daily activity.

3. Make an eating plan.  Prepare healthy to-go foods and lunches.  Cut up enough carrots, bell peppers, cucumbers, celery, broccoli, etc., to be consumed in salads or as snacks for the whole week.  Package individual containers of low-calorie salad dressing, humus or yogurt-based dips to accompany your salads and snacks.  Try to avoid any pre-packaged items and get your family involved in cutting and bagging healthy fresh snacks.

4. Find a walking route.  Even a 10 minute walk will help to re-energize your day, increase your focus, burn calories and boost metabolism.  Before you know it your mind and body will crave the fresh air and movement.

5. Set an alert on your daily calendar to move.  This can be as little as standing in your space and stretching or maybe doing some office jacks… Start with a deep breath in, softening the knees and stretching the arms overhead then add some jacks by alternating heel taps as you bring your hands together over your head.  To modify, eliminate the arms or lightly hold onto the back of your chair.  Or try marching in place with bicep curls or an overhead press and don’t forget a nice stretch for the hips and chest!

6. Encourage your colleagues.  You can turn your co-workers into your healthy support system. Healthy living is contagious!

Have fun and you will discover that finding new ways to live healthier at work can be easy and rewarding!

The information in Healthy Living Online is for educational purposes only.  It is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice.  The reader should always consult his or her healthcare provider to determine the appropriateness of the information for their own situation, or if they have any questions regarding a medical condition or treatment plan.

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