Smoking was a hot health issue before because of its dangerous effects but now, a lot of health researchers believe that “sitting is the new smoking”. Dr. James Levine, director of the Mayo Clinic-Arizona State University Obesity Solutions Initiative and the one who coined this mantra said in an interview that, “sitting is more dangerous than smoking, kills more people than HIV and is more treacherous than parachuting.” Aside from sitting, there also bad habits that we develop at work that can cause some serious health problems in the future. With that said, how can one stay fit at work? Find out.
Why It’s Hard to Stay Fit at Work
Staying healthy and fit at work is complicated and honestly, we can’t blame you. For those people who don’t do field work, the norm is sitting in front of your computer, stuck in a cubicle or your desk for six hours or more. Besides sitting which is already a not very active habit, there’s also stress; people cope with stress differently. Some people may result in non-harmful ways like walking it off or taking a break while others might turn to food, smoking or even alcohol. These things after a while can take a toll on your body and your health as well.
Stay Fit At Work With These Five Tips
Maintaining a level a fitness at work may be hard, but it does not mean that’s impossible. If you want to make some changes in your habits, here are five tips on how you can stay fit at work:
Pack Your Food
To avoid unnecessary temptations, pack your own food. This way you will better control of what you’re consuming in a day. When you’re packing food, opt for healthier options – go for salad instead of burgers. Trade chips for fruits as your snacks. Not only it’ll improve your eating habits, but you’ll also save some money.
Take the Stairs
If you got the time, take the stairs instead of the elevator. There are tons of benefits in walking – it improves your heart, aids in weight loss, improves circulation, prevents diabetes and a lot more. It’s also eco-friendly since it’s you’re using body power instead of electricity.
Create a set of exercise you can do at work. Walk around, or do some stretches. You can also squeeze in a bit of exercise like marching in place, lunge, or triceps dips. If you want to take your fitness to the next level, you can join some wellness program that your company has.
Stick to your Routine
One of the keys to staying fit at work is sticking to your routine. With all the things going on at work it may be hard to stick to a routine. However, once you persist, it’ll be easier, and you’ll find ways to squeeze it into your daily habits.
Take Some R&R
Don’t forget about work-life balance. Take some time off for yourself – relax and free your mind. After some R&R you’ll find yourself energized and ready to tackle new challenges.
Working hard is fine, but you also have to take health as a priority. You can have a lot of work opportunities in your life but, you also have one life so do your best to take care of it.