5 Simple Tips for Workplace Wellness

December 3, 2015 at 7:34 pm Leave a comment

If you’re going to spend eight hours a day — and probably more — at the office, make them count. Healthy habits may start at home, but you can take them to work with you.

  • Avoid snack machines. Prepare your own snacks — from fresh fruit to mixed nuts — in advance. Pre-planning will help you make healthy choices and avoid impulse buys.
  • Make fitness part of your work routine. If you don’t have time to hit the gym, try some simple chair yoga. Two minutes of stretching and breathing several times a day can increase your fitness and focus.
  • Pack your own lunch. Studies have shown that people who eat lunch out less frequently are more likely to lose weight. Even one fast-food meal a week can do damage, including increasing your risk for heart disease.
  • Trade your smoke break for fresh air. If you quit smoking by age 40, you reduce your risk of smoking-related death by a whopping 90 percent. When you get the urge to smoke, try a walk around the block instead.
  • Be your own health advocate. Ask your employer about ways to boost your health — and the health of your coworkers. This can be as simple as adding healthier options in the snack machine or as involved as incentives for exercise and wellness programs.

 

Source: The Cleveland Clinic

Entry filed under: Exercise, Managing your health, Nutrition.

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