If you work at a desk all day, and it’s making you feel sluggish and not at your best, then you may end up feeling defeated and as though it’s out of your control. But is it? What things can we implement to help stay healthy when you have a desk job? Let’s find out.
Keep regularly moving and stretching at your desk
Just because you’re sat at a desk doesn’t mean you can’t move at all. Try keeping your arms and legs stretching and moving throughout your workday. Every little bit of movement you can manage helps to keep the blood pumping, and to keep you feeling better!
Opt for taking the stairs while you’re at work
If you need to move between floors at the office, or on the way there, make sure to opt for the stairs instead of taking less active options like the lift or escalator.
Stay active during any breaks
During any break time or lunch, make sure you go for a walk or wander around. Use your little pockets of time to get your body moving, and your heartrate up.
Meal plan a healthy meal and snacks
Don’t leave food choices and hunger pangs up to chance. This is where bad habits can come in. Make sure to prep your workday food before you leave in a morning so that you don’t end up reaching for those easier, junk food options because it’s handy.
Balanced food is going to keep you functioning and feeling your best for those long, office days.
If you’re running out of the door in a morning without a drink, chances are you’re going to spend a lot of your day dehydrated. This can hugely affect your health and how you feel and function. It’s really important to make sure that you take a large drink with you to the office, so you can keep sipping and hydrated through your workday. The last thing you need when you’re stuck at a desk all day is a mega dehydration headache to go with it.
Take small breaks
Make sure to take breaks from your desk just to get yourself moving a little. Even if it’s over to a colleague’s office, or just to the end of the hall and back, these small bursts of movement will definitely help over the course of a work week.
Wake up earlier to prioritise a workout
If you’re really concerned about your activity levels, you could try and set your alarm an hour earlier so that you can fit in a workout before you leave for work. This can make a big difference to how your body feels, how you feel mentally and can also set you up for a much better day overall.
It can feel really tricky if you’re glued to a desk for most of your day, so it is just about lots of small ways to help yourself over the course of the day.
Try out some of our tips and let us know if any helped you to feel healthier.