If you’re going to spend 8 hours a day (and probably more) at the office, make them count.
Remember that it takes some time and effort to create new healthy habits, but as time goes on it becomes easier. Along the way, if you stumble, just get back into the fight. Before you know it, the struggle will be gone and you’ll be enjoying the feeling of doing good things for yourself.
Here are 5 simple tips:
Choose snacks wisely. Let’s face it: vending machines usually don’t have many healthy options. Get around this by preparing your own snacks, like fresh fruit to mixed nuts, in advance. Pre-planning will help you make healthy choices and avoid impulse buys.
Add fitness to your routine. Small movements make a big difference. If you don’t have time to hit the gym, try some simple chair yoga. Two minutes of stretching and breathing several times a day can help increase your fitness and your ability to focus.
Trade your coffee break. Big meals can wreak havoc on blood-sugar levels and leave you feeling sluggish. A 2013 study found that three 15-minute post-meal walks each day were more effective at regulating blood-sugar levels than was a single 45-minute walk midmorning or in the afternoon.
Pack your own lunch. Studies have shown that people who eat lunch out less frequently are more likely to lose weight. You’re far more likely to be able to control your potion sizes.
Be your own health advocate. Ask your employer about ways to boost your health and the health of your co-workers. This can be as simple as improving options in the vending machine or as involved as incentives for exercise and wellness programs
Or you can become your office health champion! Contact Curtis Health for more ideas on how you can improve your personal or company’s wellness.