When it comes to the working world, many of us lead more sedentary lives than we would like. The reality of working desk-based office jobs can take its toll over time and despite your best intentions, you might find the weight beginning to slowly creep up. Staying in shape is all about moving enough and eating right and even if you’re sitting at a desk for a large part of the day, there’s no reason why you can’t improve your health in the process. Want to be a better, fitter you? It’s all about how you approach your lifestyle.
- Avoid Office Snacks
There comes a point in the working week in which the inevitable happens: Someone bakes a cake, brings in some cookies or opens a bag of candy and slowly, other members of the office start to trickle towards the snacks. Avoiding unhealthy office snacks can seem like a real struggle when you’re constantly surrounded by temptation but keeping on the snacking straight and narrow will really pay off into the future. If you find it really hard to avoid the treats, try stocking your drawer full of healthy fruits, nuts and vegetables. When you feel a craving, reach for your drawer; you will thank yourself for it later.
- Move Often
Sitting at a desk for the entirety of the day is not only bad for your physical health but also, can begin to have negative effects on your ability to focus and being productive. Every hour, try standing up, stretching your limbs and even going for a very quick walk. Moving your body often will help to keep your blood flowing and your muscles limber. During your lunch break, make sure you leave the office and go for a brisk walk; even when the weather is not nice, it can be good to help clear your mind and stretch out your legs before the afternoon.
- Make Your Own Lunch
Eating out everyday can be tempting, especially when you know that good food is within reach, but over time, the extra calories you take in can start to build up. Taking your own lunch from home can help you to ensure that you make a healthy meal choice and that you control exactly what and how much you eat. You can even go one further and take only the amount of money you need to spend on public transport or parking with you when you leave; without the extra cash hanging around, you won’t be able to give in to temptation.
- Keep A Workout Schedule
Even when you’re working long hours, you can still find the time in which to fit in a brief workout at some point in the day. Office related tiredness can often be banished by a quick workout, so even if you’re lacking energy at the end of the day, a brief exercise session can help to improve your mood. If you can’t fit in a workout before or after work, try cycling to the office or going there on foot. Exercise as transport can also help you to improve your health and it might also save you a great deal of money down the line!