Spending a large chunk of your day sat in a chair, staring at a computer (and the clock) can make it hard to stay active. Combine it with work lunches, birthday cakes and that colleague who always brings in biscuits and you’re on a slippery slope to putting on a few extra pounds. However, it’s easier than you think to make a change! Here are some easy tips to stay healthy in the office, and no, you don’t need to resist a slice of that birthday cake sitting in the kitchen!
Take the Stairs
One of the easiest ways to squeeze in a little extra exercise is to skip the lift in the mornings. Even if you work on the 24th floor and walking all that way seems daunting, just get out of the lift a few floors early and walk the rest. You’ll be seeing an improvement in no time!
Bring Your Own Lunch
Making your own lunch rather than buying from the canteen or supermarket gives you greater control over what you’re eating. We’ve all been there, stood in a supermarket on your lunch break when you’re starving and accidentally leave with 3 sandwiches and 4 chocolate bars. But, if you already have a healthy lunch ready to eat in the office, you’re less likely to be tempted by these treats (and you’ll also save money! Win win!).
Get Up and Move Regularly
During a stressful day in the office, you may think it’s impossible to leave your desk, however, it really is a case of every little helps. Getting up to get a glass of water, standing during a meeting or walking over to speak to a colleague instead of calling can all help increase your activity level at the office.
Fill Your Drawer with Fruit not Sweets
During a long day it can always be tempting to relieve the stress with a bit of chocolate, but it’s pretty hard to do this if there’s none around. Stock up on healthy snacks like fruit while banishing the sugar to keep your snacking calories under control.
Utilise Your Lunch Break
Rather than sitting at your desk to eat, use your lunch break to do something active. Whether you head to the gym or simply go for a walk, half an hour of exercise in the middle of the day will not only help you stay healthy, but also has been shown to increase productivity by an average of 15%.
Sit on an Exercise Ball
If you can survive the strange looks, sitting on an exercise ball at your desk is great for your health. It requires you to constantly engage your core muscles, strengthening them in the process. It is also great for your posture and help alleviate back pain caused by sitting in a desk chair all day. Those confused onlookers will be joining you soon enough!