Staying healthy at work is sometimes a bit of an oxymoron, especially if you sit for your job.
Sitting disease is real and research now shows that sitting for more than two hours a day can wreak havoc on your health and state of mind. Often people have such hectic work schedules that they have no time to eat a healthy lunch.
Instead they simply grab a coffee, muffin or pizza and keep on going.RELATED: RECOMMENDED PLANS FOR YOU
However, there are several ways to stay healthy at work, including taking breaks, eating healthy food, keeping hydrated and even taking time to meditate or practice mindfulness.
Here are some tips that will help you to stay sane and healthy:
1. Check the height of your monitor
Research tells us that the top of your screen should be level with your eyes. You should be looking down about 10 degrees. If your screen is lower or higher you run the risk of eye strain and or neck or back ache.
2. Get a Good Chair
If you are spending eight or more hours in a chair almost every day, investing in a high quality chair can have great healthbenefits. Poor posture is the reason for many sick days and chronic neck and pain syndromes.
Sitting disease affects millions of people and an ergonomic wellness chair like the CoreChair is something to consider. This kind of product helps to engage and strengthen your core allowing you to stay active and productive throughout your day.
3. Forget the coffee
I know it’s often a big part of office life but caffeine is addictive and often it sets you on a rollercoaster ride of surges in energy followed by an crash and may make you crave more coffee just to keep your energy up. Coffee is also is a diuretic making you dehydrated. Start your morning with hot lemon water or herbal tea.
4. Eat Healthy
Have healthy snacks in your desk drawer. Keep a bag of raw nuts, seeds or homemade energy balls in there. Take the time to eat a healthy lunch that will allow you to keep your blood sugar stable and your energy up.
5. Stay Hydrated
Drinking water throughout the day will help you stay energized and prevent you from thinking you’re hungry when you are most likely thirsty.
Feeling tired or unable to concentrate on the task at hand? Get up and walk around, better yet, go outside and walk for five minutes, breathing in the fresh air.
7. Sanitize your work area
Disinfect your keyboard and phone. Many people share work stations so germs are passed easily, have a bottle of rubbing alcohol or disinfectant on hand to clean and sterilize your work area.
8. Pace Yourself
Take a vacation – a de-stress day.
9. Use An Air Purifier
Place a small purifier near your desk to keep the air in your environment clean. This can be especially helpful if you suffer from allergies or environmental pollutants.
10. Get A Good Night Sleep
Sleep is vital for your body to heal and repair itself. Getting enough sleep helps boost your immune system and energy levels which will allow you to feel good at work.
Looking for more ways to stay healthy at work?
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Tune in to over 40 health experts in the field of functional medicine, nutrition, personal development and the mind body connection, plus hear tips from Patrick Harrison on how to avoid the ill effects of Sitting Disease during the Summit.