Many of us work from a desk for the greater part of our day. And it can be tough to be healthy while being at your desk. Here are 4 easy tips to make your desk-life better.
1. Your Lunchbox
You don’t have to be the CEO to know that hunger is going to hit at some point during the workday. And it’s not like a healthy lunch is going to just magically appear at your desk.
As the old saying goes, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” You know your workday will require a lunch break, so get back in touch with your lunchbox and start packing and bringing your own lunch. Not only will you save money, you can make sure your home-packed options are healthier than something a restaurant would whip up.
The part of your brain that controls your hunger also controls your thirst. Many people confuse thirst for hunger, and proper hydration can help control unnecessary eating events.
There is no one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to how much water you need. Keep an eye on your urine—the closer it is to clear or light yellow, the more adequately hydrated you are likely to be. Make water your go-to beverage in the workplace and you’ll help reach your hydration goals.
3. Hide The Candy Bowl- Especially this time of year..candy is EVERYWHERE!!
You know that co-worker who always has the bowl of candy on his desk? Well, studies show that visually accessible sweets (like a candy jar on a desk) lead to greater caloric intake in the workplace than if that same candy jar was stashed away.
It probably won’t go over well to tell Patty from Purchasing to ditch the candy jar, but you can make sure you don’t keep tempting foods in your line of vision. Junk foods and candy jars are better left out of sight and out of mind.
4. Walk Your Way Through Work
The human body was not designed to sit still for eight hours at one stretch. In the same way you plan your meetings and calendar your calls, make regular walking breaks a part of your daily schedule. Try to work in three 10-minute brisk walks throughout your workday. Before you know it, you’ll have completed 30 minutes of activity, and both your mind and body will thank you.
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