When you work in an office, it can be easy to fall into the trap of sitting at your desk all day, snacking on biscuits and staring at your computer screen for 8 hours a day. But with just a few small changes, it’s easy to make your working day a little bit healthier. Not only will you feel better, you’re sure to be more productive and motivated too… win win!
Walk to work
Start (and end) your working day with a healthy walk to work. Enjoy some fresh air and up your step count by walking to the office – even just a 10 or 15 minute walk can make a huge difference. Leave the car at home or get off the bus a couple of stops early to make the most of your walk to work. At Eskmills, we’re in a great location for walking to work if you’re based in Musselburgh – just a short stroll along the banks of the River Esk and you’re here!
Bring a packed lunch
You might not have had a packed lunch since your school days, but it’s time to start again! If you don’t bring your lunch in with you, it can be tempting to pop to a local cafe or restaurant, order something in or grab an unhealthy meal deal on your lunch break. Keep things healthy by bringing in your own lunch, from soups and salads to homemade sandwiches and wraps. It’s much easier to pick a healthy option when you know exactly what’s in it. Don’t forget to bring in some fruit to give you a bit of an energy boost in the afternoon.
Of course, there’s no problem with the occasional treat (we all need a biscuit with our cuppa sometimes!), but keep an eye on what you’re snacking on and enjoy office cakes or biscuits in moderation.
Drink lots of water
Staying hydrated is really important, but it can be easy to forget to drink plenty of water when you’re busy working. Keep a glass of water on your desk, and top it up every couple of hours. Dehydration can make you feel tired and sluggish, so make sure you’ve got a supply of water to keep you going throughout the working day. You may even want to invest in a metal flask to keep your water chilled and reduce waste from plastic bottles.
Take frequent breaks
Taking regular breaks is vital, especially if you work at a computer all day. Staring at the screen can strain your eyes and encourage bad posture, plus it’s easy to lose focus if you’re working on something for too long without a break. Whether you pop outside for some fresh air, grab a five minute cuppa in the break room or even just look away from your screen and chat to colleagues for a couple of minutes, make sure you’re taking some time away from your desk.
Work life balance
We believe it’s really important to have a good work life balance, for your mental and physical health as well as your productivity when you’re at work. A few late finishes are inevitable now and then, but make sure you’re not working late every night. It’s important to have time off to relax, so you can come in refreshed the next day and ready to tackle your to do list. That also extends to holidays – a week or two off work does wonders!
Have you got any tips on ways to be healthier at work?