Climbing the Career Ladder (or at least the Stairs): Good health in the Workplace

Ever stop to consider how much of your time you spend earning a living?  Even a cursory scan of the hours you log each week will likely show you spend more waking hours at work than at home.  (Unless you work there, too!)  Better make sure you’re minding your health while you’re producing for everyone else – customers, managers, kids.

I’m in the business of talking to people about wellness – and the truth is caring for our health is a full-time job, so to speak.  That means living well not just at home, but at the office, on the beat or wrangling the kids. (Yes, that means it’s better to pack your lunch than heading to a local restaurant that is likely to serve up food full of additives and salt!)

Here’s a few helpful hints on caring for your mind, body and soul while you work:

Take fitness breaks

Think of your break as a boost. Give yourself a nice dose of endorphins and take an invigorating walk around the building.  Or, trade your chair for a fitness ball – and improve your strength and agility while you sit!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Change up your commute

Make a goal to walk or bike to work – maybe just once a week to start. If you ride the bus, get off a few blocks early and walk to your final destination. If you drive to work, park at the far end of the parking lot.   And always opt for the stairs instead of the elevator!

 

 

 

 

 

Stand when you can sit

You burn more calories standing than sitting.   Or, try a standing desk — or improvise with a high table or counter. Eat lunch standing up. Trade instant messaging and phone calls for walks to other desks or offices.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Keep fitness equipment in your work area

Store resistance bands — stretchy cords or tubes that offer weight-like resistance when you pull on them — or small hand weights in a desk drawer or cabinet. Try some curls between reports and phone calls.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pack a healthy Lunch

 

Taking your lunch to work benefits your budget and your belly.  Try quick salads topped with lean meat such as turkey.  Get out of your rut and get creative with your sandwiches – add sliced fruit inside and skip the chips!

 

 

 

 

Visit the Water Cooler (but skip the office gossip!)

It’s important for us to drink plenty of water.  When you’re thirsty, it’s a sure sign you’re already dehydrated.  New research questions the age-old practice of drinking 8 glasses of water a day – but we recommend drinking water with your meals and at break-time.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Unless you work for a forward thinking company that promotes work/life balance – you’ll have to make proactive efforts.  But when you do – the benefits are endless.  You’ll gain both energy and calmness – and that always translates into productivity.

Cheers to your good health in the office!

Agnes