Working at an office can take a toll on your physical health. From sitting at a desk all day to indulging in junk food at meetings, you may put on a few pounds! Luckily, maintaining a healthy lifestyle doesn’t have to be hard. Read on for 4 helpful tips for getting healthy while at the office.
1. Take Exercise Breaks
Just because you work at a desk doesn’t mean you can’t move throughout the day! Take breaks to stand up, stretch, and take a lap around the office. You can even keep dumbbells at your desk and do simple exercises like bicep curls, squats, and other moves that don’t take up much room. If you can, try to stand or work from an exercise ball instead of sitting. It is better for your back and neck and burns a lot more calories with no effort at all.
2. Pack Healthy Lunches
Packing a nutritious lunch can save you tons of money, calories, and fat over the course of the year. The types of foods people choose on their short lunch breaks are usually greasy fast food, salty sandwiches, or fat-riddled food truck fare. Instead, pack yourself a delicious and healthy selection of lean protein, fruits, and veggies. You’ll feel fuller longer so you can avoid the afternoon munchies and the healthy foods will give you energy to get through the rest of the day!
3. Avoid Sugary Drinks
Sodas, sweetened coffee drinks, and other beverages are sugar bombs full of empty calories. If you sip on these while working, you can mindlessly take in hundreds of calories! Though they taste good and give you a quick burst of energy, drinking a sugary beverage will make you crash and feel sluggish later. Plus consuming just one of these per day can lead to gaining a few pounds each year! If you need help in the energy department, stick to black coffee or green tea for a boost free of calories and sugar.
4. Eat a Good Breakfast
Starting your day with a nutritious breakfast is so important to maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Filling up on fruits, veggies, and lean protein will help you feel awake and ready to take on the day. Having a tummy full of ealthy foods will also help you resist the urge to indulge in donuts at a morning meeting or someone’s birthday cake in the break room.
Daniel Palmier is a leading Boston CEO, Real Estate Investment Manager, and Founder of UC Funds.