Working from home gave us the opportunity to start making healthier habits, especially because most of us were already wearing some sort of athletic clothing. Whether it was taking a walk once a day or making lunch at home, many of us adopted healthier habits during our time at home.
As more start going back to the office, we want to keep up with these habits going and stay on track with our health. But how do we do this without falling into the sluggish routines that once were? Here are some tips to bring your healthy habits with you back into the office.
Take the Stairs
It’s the oldest advice in the book to stay healthy; take the stairs instead of the escalator or elevator. While it doesn’t seem like a huge change, it can make a huge difference with your legs and your heart.
At first, it may be a little difficult, but it will get easier the more you take the stairs. Of course, do this only if it makes sense. Don’t take the stairs up to your 15th floor office first thing in the morning if you haven’t eaten or drank any water. But do take them after you go out to grab lunch.
Stock Up on Healthy Snacks
When we sit in front of our computer, some of us feel the need to snack on something mindlessly. Instead of munching on chips or sweets, stock up on some healthy snacks to keep in your office for when the craving for a snack hits.
Try to stay away from processed foods and stick to whole foods like fresh or dried fruit, yogurt, hummus, and vegetables. These food choices can make a huge impact on your health overall.
Stand and Stretch Occasionally
Living a sedentary life is one of the unhealthiest habits we can form. Our bodies are meant to move throughout the day. Instead of sitting at your desk all day, a modern office design typically has spaces to do this. Use them!
Try using a standing desk or take a walk around your office a few times a day. Experts have set a goal for us to reach 10,000 steps a day, which isn’t too many if you take these occasional walks.
Take a Walk During Lunch
During lunch, many employees either sit at their desk and eat while working or scroll through their phones. Instead of staying seated for yet another hour of your day, go for a walk before or after you eat lunch. It helps to go with a coworker to keep each other accountable and to have someone to talk to.
Keep a Water Bottle with You
We’re supposed to drink 64 ounces of water per day, which can feel like a lot. However, if you keep a water bottle with you that has markings of how much you’ve drank, it becomes much easier.
You can even make it a challenge. You have to drink a certain amount before lunch and a certain amount before you leave to go home. This will keep you motivated and hydrated.