Many people claim to work more than 40 hours per week, and whether you fall into that category or not, it’s still imperative to stay fit at work because you spend so much time there. To initiate some healthful practices, here are four tips you can use to stay healthy on the job.
One of the best ways to stay fit at work is by walking as much as possible. Walking can improve circulation, prevent the loss of bone mass and can help you better control your weight. So if you have a message for one of your coworkers, walk to their office instead of just shooting off an email. If you work in a multi-story building, take the steps instead of the elevator. Take breaks at least every hour or two, if possible, and walk around.
Water helps you stay alert at work. It may also increase energy levels and productivity. It’s healthier to drink a set amount throughout the day than taking an occasional sip from the drinking foundation. One reason is you can better monitor your fluid intake if you drink out of a bottle. It also reminds to keep drinking water, and may help reduce your cravings for soda or sugary drinks.
Your career choice can also affect how fit you stay at work. Nurses and doctors get exercise by walking long hallways to treat patients. If you are interested in staying active and working in the world of healthcare, consider getting the right education to get the dream job. If you work in an office, you may spend hours sitting at a computer terminal. It also behooves you to work in a clean environment with plenty of air circulation, as opposed to an old, moldy office or chemically infested facility. High pressure jobs are also unhealthy.
Posture and Stretching Exercise
If you want to keep your bones and tendons healthy, sit up straight and hold your shoulders back when sitting at your desk. Stretch your fingers, arms, back, legs and neck occasionally to prevent painful repetitive stress injuries. Interlock your fingers and push them away from your body with your palms facing forward to stretch your fingers and forearms, for example. Move your head up and down and then to each side to prevent neck cramps.
Implementing some of these simple practices can go a long way in keeping you healthy and fit. Feeling like you can be healthy and active with your career make a big difference in your overall health in the long run.
Anita is a freelance writer from Denver, CO and often writes about health, education, family and business. A mother of two, she enjoys traveling with her family when she isn’t writing. Anita recommends a bachelor’s degree in radiology to keep a healthy mindset while at work.