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Staying healthy during your nine to five can be challenging. Many individuals sit at their desks in front of a computer screen for hours on end. Doing this for five days a week may take a toll on your well-being and affect your mood and job performance. Fortunately, there are several ways you can stay healthy while working. Read on to learn some helpful tips that you can integrate into your workday so you could smash those deadlines.
Incorporating movement into your day can help you refresh, refocus and lower stress. It may also ease any soreness or stiffness you might experience from sitting for long periods of time. While you can complete a workout or take a walk during your break, you can also find simple ways to get your blood pumping. For example, when you arrive to work in the morning, park your vehicle farther from the building to increase your steps.
Additionally, you could take the stairs instead of the elevator when walking around the office. Doing some easy stretches at your desk may even help ease any tension. All these small movements add up and can make a positive impact on your mental and physical health.
Avoid the afternoon slump by drinking enough water throughout the day. Eating fruits and vegetables can also help you stay hydrated. Maintaining proper hydration also keeps you energized and alert, which enables you to be productive. Consider swapping caffeinated drinks such as coffee and soda for water. You can invest in a reusable water bottle to help you hit your hydration goals.
It’s easy to swing by the vending machine or indulge in some donuts, cookies or birthday cake at work. Instead, consider packing food from home to stay on track with your health. Consuming fruits, vegetables, granola bars, nuts and nutritious lunches may improve your focus and well-being. For more ways you can improve your wellness at work, see the accompanying resource.
About the Author
Dr. Myur S. Srikanth is a board-certified bariatric and cosmetic surgeon at the Center for Weight Loss Surgery. He has been performing bariatric surgery exclusively since 2000 and has performed over 4,000 weight loss surgeries. Dr. Srikanth performs nearly every operation that is currently available to treat obesity.