Four tips for staying healthy at the office
Sitting at a desk for up to 40 hours a week can take a toll on your body. Long hours and tight deadlines may also mean that your healthy home habits take a back seat.
So, how do you stay healthy amongst competing priorities and tight deadlines? Try these four simple tips!
1) Get up and move
Australian workers spend approximately 76% of their time sitting at work. This equates to about five hours per day! And research shows that people who sit for four hours or more on a daily basis have a 46% higher risk of death from all causes.
Our point? Sitting is the new smoking, and your office chair is your number one enemy!
The remedy: If you are in a seated position for the majority of your workday, get up and move around at least once every 30 minutes for at least one minute. This can simply mean standing up to stretch at your desk or walking over to the water cooler to boost that circulation.
2) Bring your lunch
Australians spend $8.3b a year on buying lunch at work, and this figure doesn’t even include your cheeky morning latte! Buying lunch every day can also ramp up your calorie intake because you have less control over portion size and ingredients.
The remedy: Why not get into the habit of bringing in leftovers or check out these 75 lunch ideas – your wallet and your waistline will thank you.
3) Take your lunch break
Office workers spend about 90% of their days indoors, and nearly four million Australians skip their lunch break regularly. This may make us appear more productive at work, but, in fact, it does the opposite.
Research shows that skipping lunch is linked to higher amounts of fatigue, lower creativity and decreased productivity levels. This is because taking a lunch break allows our brains to recuperate, which can increase health and happiness both inside and outside of the office.
The remedy: It’s fairly simple – be sure to take a break from your desk and step out into that fresh Sydney air!
4) Rest Your Eyes
These days the majority of office work is conducted behind a screen – whether it be on a smartphone, tablet or desktop computer. We’re also spending more time leisurely scrolling through social media, news and blog sites.
This constant screen time can lead to eye strain – a bit like repetitive strain injury, but for your eyes. So, it’s incredibly important to take regular breaks from your screen throughout the day.
The remedy: A good rule of thumb is the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes, take a 20-second break from your screen by focusing on something about 20 feet (around 6.1m) away.
If you’re having trouble remembering to rest your eyes, try setting a phone alarm, calendar reminder or consider downloading a helpful phone app.