When we’re at home we have the best intentions to stick with our healthy habits. But when you walk into work those ideas can go out the window. Things get busy and hectic and deadlines come up and you focus in on your work instead of yourself. Taking care of yourself is important, even during the good ol 9-5. Plus, research shows that if you take the little bit of time to instil healthy habits during your work day it will make you more productive.
Here are five important but EASY ways to stay healthy when you get to work:
- Bring tupperware
I should clarify bring tupperware WITH your lunch in it. How many times have you had to go out for lunch only to find unhealthy options? Or, how many times have you not had time to leave your desk for lunch so you skip it altogether? That’s even worse than eating something junky. You need fuel to get through your work day.
- Mint tea
Hey, I’m all about coffee and if you’re drinking your coffee black then even better. Since most people are drinking cream and sugar it would be great to switch to an herbal tea in the afternoon. I say mint because even though it’s naturally caffeine-free it has a way to give you a pick me up and yet is soothing at the same time.
- Water bottle
Fill it up, sip it often, go get more. Do you have any idea how often I get to the end of the day and see my water bottle still half full from the morning. We need hydration. It even helps us stay awake and focus. Take a post it and write down how many classes you want to drink at work that day then cross them off each time you finish.
- Phone timer
Set your timer for once an hour. When the timer goes off, get up stretch up high to the sky, go for a quick walk to the rest room or down the hall or up a flight of stairs. Then refill your water bottle and get back to work.
- Tennis Ball
Sitting at your desk can be very bad for your muscles. Having a tennis ball to help roll out any tightness can really help. I like to sneak my shoes off under my desk and roll out the arches of my feet. Chances are you’re not wearing sneakers at work so this is such a relief when you’re in shoes that strain your feet and ankle muscles. You can also gently roll out the chest which may be tight from hunching over a keyboard.
BONUS: Find a partner in crime or even a group of healthy friends at work. Share recipes, bring each other healthy snacks, get help with resisting those pastries at the meeting, even set up a walking or fitness club in the office.
What healthy habits do you or your colleagues use at the office?