Unless you work a job that requires you to be on your feet all day, most of us spend our time sitting behind a desk or behind the wheel going to and from meetings. With this type of lifestyle, it’s easy to find yourself forming unhealthy habits and going home at the end of the day with a massive headache.
But, staying healthy on the job isn’t impossible. Try getting into these five habits to feel refreshed and healthy while working your desk job.
Add Some Green To Your Space
Spruce up your office or workspace by adding some plants. Bringing some nature inside will help to purify the air around you and put you in a better mood.
If you have the choice, try to snag a seat with a view so you can still see outside while you’re stuck at the desk from nine to five.
Spend Time Focusing On Your Posture
Sitting all day causes aches and pains in your back. If your office provides you sit-to-stand desks, make sure you’re taking advantage of it. If not, you can make your own! Spend some time standing to stretch out your back and to help you focus. Another alternative is to sit on an exercise ball. Doing so engages your core and keeps your back straight and ultimately helps improve your posture.
Drink A Lot Of Water
This habit doesn’t just pertain to the time you’re in the office, but it helps make your day a bit healthier.
Keep a refillable water bottle at your desk so you have easy access to water. Set a goal to refill it three to four times per day. Having to get up and fill up your water bottle also gives you an excuse to step away from the screen and walk around for a minute.
Create Healthy Eating Habits
More and more you’re seeing offices that provide snacks and food throughout the day, but they may not be offering the healthiest choices. Make sure your office is stocked with healthy options so you aren’t tempted when someone brings in a plate of cookies.
Snacking on healthy food throughout the day also stops you from running out at lunchtime and buying a large, unhealthy meal.
Walk Away From The Screen
Once you get into the groove, it’s pretty easy to go hours without looking away from the computer. This might be the unhealthiest habit of them all. To avoid getting a headache, hurting your eyes or just burning out altogether, make sure you are taking breaks to walk around the office, stretch or even go outside for fresh air.