Good Health At Work for You

Monday, January 27 at 08:55 AM
Category: Arvest News

With the tasty treats of the holiday season behind, the beginning of the year is a great time to focus on diet and fitness. Yet, with less daylight hours, long hours at the office and inclement weather outside, finding time to be healthy can seem like a challenge.

But, what if you could bring healthy eating and fitness to your office? It's a lot easier than you think. Here's how:

Take frequent breaks. If you have a job that requires you to sit at your computer, it's important to get up and exercise. Set a reminder to get up and take a brief walk every hour. Sitting in front of your computer for hours at a time is not good for your eyes or the rest of your body.

Stretch your muscles. You don't have to leave your desk to exercise. You can stretch your neck muscles, legs, and arms without leaving your chair.

Walk when possible. If you work in an office building with several floors, try taking the stairs versus riding on the elevator. Or, maybe organize a group of co-workers and go for a daily walk outside your office. The last thing you want to do is spend your lunch hour eating at your desk.

Hit the gym. Does your company offer an on-site workout facility? Or, is there a gym nearby? Consider joining with a co-worker to exercise during lunch. Exercise is a great way to reduce workplace stress and clear your head.

Drink water. The water cooler is not just for chatting with co-workers. It's a great place to ensure you stay hydrated. Consider replacing that afternoon cup of coffee or can of soda with a big tall glass of water. Water helps you stay healthy and fills you up.

Eat healthy. With birthday cake celebrations, the office is often a place for unhealthy eating. It's not uncommon for co-workers to bring in leftover candy and sweets after holidays. Instead of eating these unhealthy snacks, bring in your own healthy snacks, such as vegetables, fruits or almonds.

You may find that following these simple steps will give you an even bigger advantage when you get home — more energy to play and do the things you really want to do.

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