Last week, I briefly touched on some of the struggles I’ve had maintaining a healthy lifestyle in my new office job. Teaching had me up and on my feet for the majority of the day, so obviously my new job is just innately less active. However, there have been other hindrances to maintaining a healthy lifestyle, but I’m quickly learning how to overcome them!
Here are my top tips for healthy living in the office.
#1 – Pack your lunch + snacks
Ordering lunch out is a no-brainer for a lot of people, and usually it’s a large group of people that all go in and order together. While I think it’s okay to do this every once and a while, I pack my lunch 99% of the time.
I have a few reasons for this. First of all, even if an item may seem healthy, we all know that take-out is usually not the best option. Second, I’m not rolling around in piles of money every night. Chris and I already spend what I consider to be an embarrassing amount of money on groceries each week. If I were to order a salad for lunch every day at $8 a pop, I’d spend an extra $40 each week… that’s a tank of gas, or a new piece of clothing!
#2 – Don’t be a slug
Okay, so there’s not always the option to be up and out of your seat, but do your best to move around as much as possible. I drink a lot of water during the day (more on that later), which means I’m up frequently to go to the bathroom. I try to “stretch my legs” at least once per hour, if possible.
#3 – Resist the candy dish… or choose wisely
Ah, the candy dish… my arch nemesis these days.
While I like to have candy available to others, I find myself dipping my hand in way too often. I’ve learned to just say no. As soon as I have one piece, the wheels come off and I’m done for.
If I’m having a day where I just can’t resist—or I need something sweet after lunch—I do my best to go with a small piece of dark chocolate or a mini Snickers, because I know they’ll at least help me feel satisfied.
#4 – Participate in health initiatives
Does your company have a health and/or wellness committee? Many companies do and offer various health initiatives for employees to participate in. Take advantage of these!
This summer, I participated in my company’s walking challenge. I had to wear a pedometer every day for 6 weeks (a good goal to strive for is 10,000 steps each day). I didn’t always hit my goal, but I stuck it out through the 6 weeks and ended up winning a $100 gift card for participating!
#5 – Drink lots of water
Finally, I can’t say enough about guzzling water all day. As I mentioned above, it gives you a chance to get up and moving—refills and bathroom breaks. I’ve never drank as much water in my life as I have since I’ve started my new job and it definitely helps me to feel better throughout the day.
The Thermos Intak helps you keep track of your refills!
Since there’s a water cooler available where I work, I persuade myself to look past the diet Coke in the soda machine and choose the free—and healthier—option. (Can you tell I can be a cheapskate?!)
What are your tips for healthy living in the workplace? I’d love to hear them!