Top Tips for Keeping Healthy in the WorkplaceWayne Burgan
Eight or more hours a day sitting at your desk can take its toll on you. It can be tough to get physically active in an office, easy to eat more than you should, and there are a number of other factors that may impact on your general well being. Keeping a healthy workplace is important and applies to us all.
There are some simple ways to keep in top shape even if you are stuck at your desk 5 days a week.
Try to increase the amount of movement you do on a day-to-day basis.
Some ideas for increasing your daily steps are:
- Take the stairs instead of the lift
- Get off the tram, train or bus a stop or two early to get some walking in
- Take a walk on your lunch break – the fresh air and Vitamin D will also do wonders for your mood and concentration levels
- Walk over to your colleague instead of emailing or calling them
If you are lucky enough to have a gym at your work like we do here at Cashflow Manager, take advantage of it! If not, find out where a gym or fitness club is and get into the routine of visiting them before or after work. Pretty soon this will become part of your routine.
Pack your own lunches instead of eating out every day. This way you know exactly what you’re eating and can pick healthy options. It’s also a good idea to bring some healthy snacks to work in case you get hungry. You don’t want to get ravenous and binge on something like chocolate or chips. Always keep a bottle of water on your desk so you stay well hydrated.
If you are sitting down all day, make sure your seating arrangement is ergonomic. Keep your feet flat on the floor and use a chair that supports your lower back well.
Take care of your eyes
Eyestrain is another problem that can be encountered when you sit in front of a computer for hours on end. It can lead to headaches and difficulty focusing. To make sure you don’t hurt your eyes the distance of your computer screen from your eyes should be about an arms length. You should be able to comfortably read what is on the screen without having to squint.
Get out the disinfectant
Your keyboard, mouse and phone are home to thousands of germs. Get out the disinfectant regularly and wipe down your work space.