While many people try to separate their work time and fitness time, combining both can actually save your life. Taking a few simple steps to improve your health at the office can go a long way to a healthier, happier life.
Take a Walk
The modern office has forced many people to spend over eight hours a day sitting in chairs, staring at a computer screen. And according to this infographic, sitting is literally killing us. Getting up and walking around at regular intervals will help to get your blood flowing, stretch your muscles and help you focus on work. Also, you can try taking the stairs, instead of the elevator. Those few minutes spent climbing to your floor can be very valuable in the long run. The fresh air of the outdoors can also benefit your health. Take a short walk at lunch or simply step outside for a few minutes. Some alternatives to sitting in a chair all day include using an exercise ball as a seat, or abandoning the chair altogether in favor of a standing desk.
An office is a petri dish of germs, bacteria and sickness. In order to avoid getting sick, take a few simple precautions. Thoroughly washing hands with soap and water on a regular basis is the easiest way to prevent illness. Do this several times a day, especially before meals. Objects such as a computer mouse, keyboard and telephone are all popular hangout spots for germs. Wiping them down with an anti-bacterial wipe will help curb the germ population. Cell phones are notorious germ-havens, so keep it clean and minimize contact.
Proper hydration is necessary to keep the body working properly. According to WebMD, drinking water can help your body maintain a balance of body fluids, control calories, energize muscles, improve skin, help kidneys and help maintain proper bowel function. Purchasing and refilling a water bottle will help keep hydration at the top of your mind. Look for a BPA-free bottle with a built-in filter for maximum health benefits and minimum risks from harmful chemicals. There is no magic number for the amount of water a person should drink, as it depends on factors such as weight, climate and physical activity, but any increase in water intake will be very beneficial.
It may be tempting to head to the local fast food joint for lunch, or grab a hot dog at the stand outside, but avoiding these unhealthy foods will benefit the body in many ways. Packing a healthy, balanced lunch is not only good for you, but it can also save you money. Check out a previous Zing Blog for some great lunch ideas you can pack in the classic brown paper bag. Also, fight the urge to visit the vending machine by keeping healthy snacks like carrots, raisins, nuts or low-fat yogurt nearby. Sugary drinks like soda, energy drinks and cappuccino may give you a temporary boost, but look out for that sugar crash. Replace those drinks with a combination of water and fruit for a healthy boost of energy.
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