Healthy Work Routines Start Today, not tomorrow or next week, that’s called procrastination. For many of us – most of us in fact – most of our waking hours, during the week, are spent at work and in fact many are working more hours than ever before. And while that might be good for our bank balances and general career prospects an increasing number of medical and scientific studies are finding that it is very bad for our health.
This is especially true for those who have an office based job. You might think that working in an office – versus a more physical job – is pretty safe. But safe and healthy are two different things.
There are certainly many things about your working life that you cannot change. Early retirement to preserve your health sounds like a great idea, but it’s not an option for most of us. And you probably won’t be able to get your boss to agree to revamp the whole office and outfit it with treadmill desks and ergonomically perfect seating (although you should at least campaign for a decent desk and chair) But there are some things that you can implement all by yourself that will help make the time you spend at work a little bit healthier:
Sit Up Straighter – Every year people are treated for all kinds of aches and pains that can be quite reasonably related to their job, even if that job primarily involves sitting in front of a computer all day. Back and neck pain are very common and these ailments are often caused by the way the person has been sitting at work.
Hunching over is a natural bad habit to fall into when you spend a lot of time at a desk but it is one big culprit when it comes to those nagging aches. It’s a very simple thing but if you just begin to make a conscious effort to sit up straighter you will ward off the chances you’ll be sidelined by such injuries.
Get Up and Get Moving – The standard, almost across the board recommendation for those seeking to improve their health in little ways through walking – which is a fabulous exercise indeed – is that they take at least 10,000 steps a day. But for someone who spends 8 hours plus at work in an office and then has to come home to maintain a home and family that might seem impossible.
Actually though you’ll be surprised to find it’s not. Little tweaks to your daily work routines can dramatically increase your step count. Parking your car a little further back, taking the stairs instead of the lift, taking a stroll after lunch, even taking a stroll around the office, are all easy ways to increase your daily step count without even trying too hard. And to count those steps? You don’t need any fancy tech, a simple, inexpensive pedometer is just fine.
Revamp Your Lunch Routine – It’s easy to fall into a bad lunch routine. The fact that there are a wealth of fast food places located very conveniently near most office buildings (for good reason) it can seem a lot easier to pop to KFC (or McDonalds, or Nandos, or Steers etc. etc.) than waste time in the morning packing your own lunch.
However that fast food habit is not only damaging your health it’s damaging your financial health as well. Those value meals might seem cheap but take the time to do the maths and you’ll find you are spending a lot more than you think. While also racking up tons of extra calories. Take the time to pack a healthy lunch – including a couple of healthy snacks, your body and your bank balance will thank you.
So you see it is not as hard as you think to make a decision to follow this mantra” Healthy Work Routines Start Today” every small improvement you make, will bring with it big benefits.