I had previously started a post about my workplace snacks – and then I heard that Nuts.com was looking for Workplace Health Hacks. While the snack post will wait for another day, I thought that I would Think Out Loud, while sitting at my work desk (on my lunch break!) and muster up some Workplace Health “Hacks”. If your work is anything like mine, there are “snack days” practically once a week and having healthier options at hand is always a good thing! Be sure to check out the Healthy Snacks page at Nuts.com for more ideas for healthy, workplace snacking!
Park far away from the employee entrance
Starting the day off right! Park as far away from the employee entrance and get your steps in early. It is a little less desirable in these winter months, but getting those extra steps makes a difference 🙂
Sip on green tea rather than coffee
I keep all kinds of teas, especially green tea and honey at my desk – quick access to an afternoon pick-me-up (rather than coffee later in the day). Plus, green tea is just refreshing anytime of the day!
Get other coworkers involved
There are several ways to get your coworkers involved! One of the many is that you could take a group walk around the building, as the weather allows. A few of my coworkers take a walk to the local coffee shop down the street for a beverage pick-me-up! I also see other coworkers taking a leisurely walk around the perimeter of the building a couple times a day – anything to take a break from sitting at our desk for 10-15 minutes!
Keep a large water bottle at your desk and fill it up often. I keep a large water bottle at my desk and some additional water bottles in my mini refrigerator. Cold water always tastes better to me and I am more likely to drink water throughout the day if it is on hand.
Take a walk
Get up once an hour and take a walk – whether outside around the building, or up and down the halls or staircases. Make an effort to get more steps throughout the day. I have a step tracker that vibrates once an hour to get up and take a walk. Stretching my legs makes me more focused upon my return.
Often, I also use my lunch breaks for running time! Some of my routes are quite busy with traffic, while there is also linear trail access about a mile away for those nice, non-muddy days!
Keep healthy snacks on hand
Keep healthy snacking options at your desk or in a desk drawer. If you work is anything like mine, there are “snack” days quite often that are full of sugary snacks and treats (or the morning doughnuts someone brought for the team!).
My go-to options fresh fruits, nuts, dried fruits, seeds, whole food snack bars, and different flavors of tea.
I also meal prep healthy lunch and snack choices to bring daily. I pre-pack mixed fresh cut vegetables, keep fresh fruit on hand, divide yogurt into single portions, and divide leftovers for lunches.
Take the stairs
Since I work on the ground level, I do not need to take the stairs often. But when I take a walk around the building, I am sure to take the stairs a couple of times to change up my walking routine around the building.
Disclaimer: I was asked to participate in a conversation about healthy workplace hacks by Nuts.com, but I was not compensated in any way. All opinions here are solely my own.
What do you do to stay “healthy” in the workplace?
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