If you work in an office and are trying to lead a healthier lifestyle, the odds may be slightly against you. You’ll always have someone’s birthday or celebration just around the corner where invariably the cakes, cookies, doughnuts and other sweet treats all come out! Then there’s Thanksgiving, Halloween and all the other calendar dates that bring out the temptations that you’re trying to avoid!
We feel your pain, that’s why we’ve got the fitness experts Hillmotts here to take you through a few ideas for staying healthy in the office.
A Good Diet
- Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and for a very good reason! Starting the day with a nutritionally balanced meal will help you keep away from sugary snacks on the road to lunchtime.
- Whilst lunches out with your colleagues are great fun, too many can take their toll. Try bringing in your own lunch as much as you can; that way you can control what goes into your food and save some money too!
- The key to a good diet is all about balance, and starving yourself really won’t do the body any good. Keep your metabolism burning by bringing in health snacks to keep at your desk; fruit, nuts, oatcakes or Eat Nakd bars are all brilliant options!
- Last but not least remember to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of water. Sometimes we can feel hungry when actually all we need is a glug of H2O, so make sure to not skip on the fluids.
- Whilst it might be hard to face setting your alarm that little bit earlier and rolling out of bed to exercise, a morning workout has a variety of benefits such as improvements in concentration and productivity. Even if it’s just 15-30 minutes, after a few pre-office sessions you’ll soon see the benefits and wonder why you never tried!
- When working desk jobs exercise is at its most limited, that’s why it’s even more important to try and move around when you can. Get up and move as often as you can, whether it’s to grab a printout or make a coffee.
- If your office isn’t on the ground floor, why not take the stairs instead of the elevator? If you’re on the 32nd floor of a skyscraper you might not want to climb the whole way but can still take the elevator half way and walk the rest.
Those are just a few starters for you to consider. Remember – you may be sitting at the desk but you can still be healthy!