How to stay healthy in an office environment

It’s a well-known fact that working in an office environment can affect your everyday health and well-being. Here you will find some of the health problems associated with a “nine-to-five” and advice as to how to combat these risks.

 

  1. Gaining Weight

 

Too many croissants and sitting at your desk all day can only equal one thing – weight gain. This seems like an inevitable part of being an office-worker with a sedentary job, where walking 20 metres to the printer to pick up your documents is your only exercise. However, this needn’t be the case. After a long day at work, the last thing a lot of people want to do is go on a run or to the gym. However, there are simple things you can work into your day to keep off those extra pounds.

  • Take the stairs instead of the lift – get that heart rate up!
  • Try not to eat at your computer – if you’re not focusing on what you’re eating and instead on what’s on the screen, you are more likely to over-fill yourself or rush what you’re eating.
  • Take your time away from your desk and enjoy your lunch hour!
  • Try standing up and moving around at regular intervals during the day. Recent studies show that a sedentary life-style has a direct impact on your health.[1]
  • Pack your own lunch – eating out or at the company canteen can not only be expensive, but also detrimental to your diet. If you bring your own lunch, you know exactly what has gone into it, and you can make it as healthy as you like!

 

 

  1. Stress

 

Most office jobs involve some degree of stress, whether it is due to the pressure of completing a task on-time, or having a “to-do” list as long as your arm. To help reduce the stress in your day:

  • Organise your work space – having a “busy” desk can make you feel more stressed. Organise your desk and you will feel much better.
  • Make a “to-do” list (even if it is long!) – This will help you put into perspective which tasks need completing and when by.
  • Take regular breaks – sitting at a computer all day is not good for you and can only make you feel more stressed if you don’t seem to be able to make as much progress as you would like. Take some time away from your desk. When you come back, you will see things with fresh eyes.

 

 

  1. Health and well-being

 

There are other health issues associated with working in an office which don’t just relate to weight-gain or mentality.

  • Dehydration – make sure you keep yourself hydrated over the course of a day. It’s easy to forget to drink the recommended 8 glasses of water each day. [2]
  • Poor hygiene – the things we come into contact with on a daily basis can harbour germs which in turn can make us ill. Make sure to wash your hands regularly or keep a bottle of hand sanitizer by your desk.
  • Poor posture – most employers will supply you with a decent office chair, but it is down to you to make sure it is adjusted correctly.

 

If you follow these tips on a daily basis it could help you to stay healthier and happy J

 

 

 

[1] http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-26937454

[2] http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/Goodfood/Pages/water-drinks.aspx

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