Working in an office is part of many people’s working life at one point or another and can be great fun. Having office jokes and going through the struggles of a busy period together bring you closer as a working unit. However, sitting at a desk all day has some drawbacks to your health. I’ve only been in an office job for about 4 months now, so I am still very new to this lifestyle. However, almost immediately I’ve noticed differences in the way I feel. So, I’m going to share with you a couple tips I’ve picked up along the way and adapted to suit me needs in the hope that this will help you guys during your working day!
Don’t stare at your computer screen for too long at one time! Now, this one is a bit tricky as with modern technology the majority, if not all office work requires sitting at a computer all day. However, staring at a computer screen is not great for our eyes! It can make them dry and fatigued which can cause headaches. Try and take a break from looking at your screen every half an hour – have a chat with a colleague, pop to the loo – anything to take your eyes off a screen for a couple minutes will help!
Get moving! Sitting down all day causes tightening of the hips and excessive sitting is linked to obesity, type 2 diabetes and an early death according to the NHS. Try going to the loo that is furthest away from your office, stand on the bus or train on your daily commute, go for a walk during your lunch break and take a walk every time you have a break to make a drink!
Swap the snacks! It’s so easy to over eat in an office environment as people are always bringing in treats to share. Try reducing the amount of unhealthy snacks you have and replace them with fruit, vegetable sticks or nuts, or try lightly salt popcorn for a treat!
Drink plenty of water! This may seem like an obvious one, but that 3pm lull can often be caused by dehydration. Try alternating tea or coffee with a glass of water to start with and then reduce the amount of caffeine and increase the amount of water!
Walk/Cycle to work! Now, I understand this is not appropriate or possible for everyone, but if you can cycle/walk part of the way and get public transport the rest not only are you going to improve your help but are helping the environment – and who doesn’t want to do that?
These are just some rules I try to follow to be that bit healthier. Obviously, some of these are easy said than done, as you can get lost in work and be sat at your desk for hours on end when a big project is underway. However, taking time to look after yourself and taking care of your body and mind is so important. Our bodies are incredible things and making small changes will help you see how much more our bodies are capable of when looked after properly. You’ll thank yourself in the long run!