One of the biggest excuses behind inactive and out of shape for working professionals relates to not having the time or the energy to do what it takes to be healthy. Not anymore, here’s our top 11 hacks to stay healthy at work.
Make Healthy Friends
Find a friend or two to start exercising with. Let them motivate you, and in turn, you can motivate them. A great way of finding someone like that is CircleCare App. Just download the App and join one of the public groups to find like-minded people.
Buy a Nalgene or water bottle and write markers on the outside with times (I.E., 11 AM, 2 PM, 5 PM). Drink water past those lines by the specified time.
Don’t Remain Seated for Long
Willpower is overrated. Set a calendar reminder for every 30 to 60 minutes that says “Get up and move!” Walk to the water cooler, get some fresh air or anything else that gets you out of your seat.
How About A High Five?
High Five’s release Oxytocin (known as the “Trust Hormone” and reduce the stress hormone cortisol. Instead of the typical “Hello” when passing by a coworker, give them a High Five. Plus you’re less likely to spread germ than if you’re shaking hands.
Take the stairs
Depending on which floor you work on, you can take stairs all or part of the way. Put a sign or banner stating the benefits of taking stairs and their location to encourage others to do the same.
Healthy snacks improve overall health, curb cravings, elevate mood and boost brain power. After completing a long task, reward yourself with something healthy to eat.
Refresh With a Walk
Pop in your earbuds and go for a walk during your call with a client, vendor or colleague. Walking while on a call can improve your confidence too, so it can be a great way to close a deal.
Mental health professionals are finding that practicing gratitude can benefit our physical health too. First thing after you sit at your desk each day, write down 3 things you’re grateful about. Don’t let yourself have coffee until you’ve completed this exercise each morning.
Take a Power Nap
Power Nap reduces stress and bolsters your immune system. 45-minute lunch break = 25 minutes to eat + 20 minutes to nap, hop in the passenger seat of your sleeping car and set the alarm.
Make Yourself To Be Active
Park your car in the spot furthest away from the door to the office. This will force you to add a couple of extra steps throughout your day.
Stretch It Out
Sitting at a desk and typing for the majority of the day can cause all sorts of problems like aches, pains, and strains. Try these 3 simple stretches when you feel the pain coming on:
- Place your left hand over the fingers of your right hand. Bend your wrist down slowly until you feel a light stretch. Hold for about 5 seconds and relax. Repeat three times and then alternate to bending upwards.
- Drop your head down slowly towards one shoulder until you feel stretch. Hold for 5-10 seconds. Repeat 3 times on each side.
- While relaxing, lean forward, drop your head towards your ankles. Hold for about 5 seconds. Then inhale and bring your head up slowly, Reversing the movement you made going down. Repeat 3-5 times.
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