There’s no getting out of work. (Well, unless you’re an independently wealthy person.) But for the rest of us, we have to work. Going to the office, or wherever else we end up working, is part of the routine of our daily lives. It has to integrate with everything else, from marriages to children to work and hobbies.
When it comes to work, there are many things that cause worry and stress. You might be worried about the economy or your income. You might be worried about projects or a team member that’s difficult to work with. You might simply be worried about what’s for lunch, and whether you’re tired from the day before.
But one thing that many of us should worry about and we don’t is actually our health—more specifically our hearts. So many people suffer from heart ailments or worries—some 92 million American adults—and so what they eat and how much they move is particularly concerning. Every 40 seconds, for example, an American will have a heart attack—and there’s a chance that some of those will occur at work. And that can all be impacted at work, as can other issues such as stress and its effect on the heart.
And the work-stress connection deserves more attention than it gets. That’s because you probably spend the majority of your working hours at the office. And working hours includes activity and food as well as the emotional and mental state.
So let’s start with food.
What does your typical workday eating look like? Is it made at home and brought to work, or is it quick, fast, and maybe supplemented by the vending machine? If it’s the latter, it might be chock-a-block full of unnecessary ingredients including sugar, salt, and fat. And all those, you probably know, can have a negative effect on your heart health. So you can start by vowing to prep or buy more healthful meals. You can avoid those desperate snacking times by bringing a stash from home, too, of heart-healthy goodies such as fruits and vegetables, to name just two.
Sitting At Work
And then there’s your chair, or the relationship between you and your chair. How much do you get out of your chair, and how much do you move? Not moving, even the bare minimum, means that your muscles aren’t getting any stretching or activity. But you can take some simple steps to boost your activity level at work, such as taking a quick loop around the floor every hour or so. You can also take a walking meeting, or vow to increase your use of the stairs and not the elevator, when possible.
It is all the little things that matter at work as it relates to your heart health. So what are the biggest impacts at work on heart health, and what can you do—eating habits, moving, and otherwise—to help keep your heart in shape and give it a little love? This graphic explains it.
INFOGRAPHIC: “Keep Your Hearth Healthy At the Office” from ZeroCater