Better Bodies at Work: Tips on How to Stay Healthy in an Office Job

Better Bodies at Work: Tips on How to Stay Healthy in an Office Job

The following article is a guest post.

Imagine you own a factory. You have top-of-the-line machines, well oiled, you perform routine maintenance and take care of following instructions for best performance and ensure the maximum quality of your products. You do all of that because you want to protect your assets, right?

Now think about your body as the factory and the machinery are all your organs, all your bits and pieces. Are you taking care of them as you should?

Many of us take our bodies for granted, and don’t take the necessary measures to keep it healthy.

Did you know that the majority of all sick leaves are due to work and occupation related diseases?

Things like UTIs, lower back pain, hernias, dehydration, migraines and others are daily causes of visits to the doctor, and these visits could be avoided with simple changes to our lifestyle, which is why we offer you these tips:

1. Drink more water.

This should be simple, right? Then why do we always forget about it?

Doctors around the world recommend drinking around 8 glasses (2 liters) of water every day. But most of us have a very busy routine and don’t have time to get up for a glass of water.

The solution? Keep a water bottle on your desk and sip from it during the day.

Be familiar with the benefits of drinking more water.

You can drink natural juices, too, just keep away from carbonated and sugary drinks!

2. Lower your caffeine intake.

Some of us need a good cup of ol’ java to start our day, however consuming too much caffeine can lead to nasty symptoms such as insomnia, restlessness and a constant state of anxiousness.

Some people are more tolerant than others, so if caffeine affects you badly, you better choose other options, such as herbal infusions.

3. Take regular breaks.

We are usually too busy to even contemplate taking a break, but it’s highly recommended that you take several during the day.

Take advantage of that time to energize yourself. Eat some fruit or yogurt, have a short power-walk, stretch your muscles or just talk to your co-workers.

Your mind needs periods of rest to maintain productivity and your body needs to change positions every once in a while to keep the blood flowing.

4. Sit properly.

Choose a chair that has lumbar support, arm rests, and is the appropriately high for you. And even if you have a great chair, you might need some help with your desk setup.

If you use a laptop it might be a good idea to invest in a good laptop stand to achieve ergonomy.

You can find cool desk accessories to help improve your posture and give some style to your workspace.

5. Take a deep breath.

Seriously, a nice, deep breath, one that fills your tummy and makes your chest feel it’s big enough to house a flock of doves.

All the cells in your body need oxygen and deep-breathing can even help you feel more relaxed and reduce stress.

You don’t need to get a yoga mat or do some weird asanas, just close your eyes for a moment, breathe deeply four or five times, and continue with your day. Your mind and body will appreciate it.

Enjoy this infographic with tips on how to be healthy at work from Thingforyourdesk:

healthy in the office - infographic

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