Be healthy (and happy) at work

Being chained to your desk is not just a sure-fire way to end up despising your boss – it can also be bad for your health.

Some people in office jobs sit at their computers for hours on end, forgetting to step outside for fresh air even once during their eight-hour workday.

The key to longer lasting energy throughout your work day is to be active. Walking to work or getting off the tram, train or bus a few stops earlier is a great way to boost your activity level. Many organisations offer lunchtime gym classes or corporate challenges, giving employees the flexibility to squeeze in a sweat session during their working day.

If you do work in an office, make a conscious effort to get off your chair every 30-60 minutes, whether it’s for a bathroom break, to fill up your water bottle, speak with a colleague or simply walk to the printer.

Eating lunch is not a desk job either – go outside to eat, or in a shared space within your office environs. One of the healthiest and hip-pocket friendly ways to enjoy your lunch is to bring it from home. But before you start walking from the fridge back to your desk, consider heading outside to a local park or communal area to eat. Leaving your desk for lunch can also be a good opportunity to socialise with your workmates and make the most of the fresh air.

Limit your drinks at work to coffee, tea and water. One or two cups of coffee, copious amounts of green or herbal tea and at least 2 litres of water means you’ll be healthier at work and avoid the sugar crash that comes from consuming sugary drinks.

You could also follow Learoy’s approach to creating a healthy, happy workplace and take it in turns to bring in fresh juices for the office to enjoy. Or you could dedicate one day a week for each team member to bring in something healthy for everyone to munch on. It doesn’t have to be a gourmet, super expensive lunch either – it could be homemade muesli bars for mid-morning tea or a grain-free, sugar-free loaf to beat the afternoon slump.

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