How to Lead a Healthier Lifestyle in the Office
With the pressures of work, we can often fall into a trap of feeling exhausted, eating badly and then crawling into bed tired, only to repeat the pattern again the next day. To get out of that rut sometimes takes a bit work. We have listed some tips below to give you a starting point and allow you to wave good-bye to those previously stressful days.
1) Walk to work: I understand this point is not strictly in the office, however starting the day with good momentum, sets the tone for the rest of it. Walking to work will allow you to gain some fresh air and exercise but will also allow you, if you so desire, to use the time to relax and clear your mind. Try focusing on your surroundings, rather than your two o’clock meeting and you will hopefully arrive at the office in an excellent mood.
2) Healthy breakfast: Avoid that mid morning slump by eating something decent in the morning. If you skipped breakfast at home, make sure you have something you can eat when you first get into the office. You could pack a breakfast to take with you to avoid eating something convenient from a local shop, which may not be as healthy.
3) Take your own food: Some people need to eat little and often and taking your own snacks into the office are an ideal way of controlling what you eat and making sure you do not succumb to a bar of chocolate or packet of crisps. Nuts and home made healthy energy bars are a good way of controlling blood sugar levels. Continuing on this theme, taking your own lunch into the office is one way to make sure you stick to eating nutritious food throughout the day.
4) Get out and about: It would be a waste to remain sat at your desk with all that delicious food. Once again, getting outside or changing your environment does wonders for the soul and when the weather is beautiful, there is nothing nicer than sitting outside with your packed lunch. You may even make some new friends or contacts at the same time.
5) Keep hydrated: This is a common cause of stress headaches and general fatigue and one easily rectified by simply making sure you drink enough water throughout the day. This is especially important if you drink copious quantities of coffee or tea.
6) Exercise: Enrol in some physical activity during your lunch break. Decide on something you feel you can stick too. Some people prefer a relaxing activity like yoga; others need to burn off their frustrations with intense cardio activity in the gym. Either way, the benefits to your overall health is enormous.
7) Maintain your goals: If you visualise where you want to be with these healthy choices in a few months time, you are far more likely to stick to your goals. It can be difficult when your colleagues are eating doughnuts during a tea break but ultimately the long term benefits out weight any temptation you may be feeling.
8) Cleanliness: Have a good scrub of your desk and wash your hands on a regular basis. Offices can be a breeding ground for germs, as communal areas can become pretty grubby. Make sure you ventilate your office on a regular basis by opening the windows to get a blast of fresh air into the stuffy environment.
After a while, adhering to the choices you have made to get fitter and healthier will start showing and in a few weeks not only will you look better physically, you will also feel better. Your colleagues may even want to put down the doughnuts and join you in your campaign!