How to work it while you work it

Just be­cause you’re at the of­fice doesn’t mean you can lose fo­cus

Esquire (UK) - - Style - THE MACK­LIN REGIME

The busi­ness of healthy self-im­prove­ment is thriv­ing in the UK. The value of the na­tion’s health mar­ket grew by more than £1bn in 2016 due to an ex­pand­ing spec­trum of well­be­ing ser­vices as var­ied as juice bars, mul­ti­func­tional gyms, boot-camp hol­i­days and high-tech wear­ables. In the of­fice, how­ever, our ded­i­ca­tion can be side­tracked. Most of us spend at least one-third of our lives at work, so take desk-based health se­ri­ously. To keep fo­cused on your work­ing well­ness, con­cen­trate on these points.

Pos­ture

Back pain and poor con­cen­tra­tion can be side ef­fects of bad pos­ture. Swedish firm Back­App have re­cently launched a wheeled, back­less chair that moves on a cen­tral axis to stim­u­late smaller mus­cles, strengthen body core and re­duce mus­cle fa­tigue.

£610; back­app.eu

At­mos­phere

The soon-to-be-re­leased Sp­rimo air pu­ri­fier is smart­phone-op­er­ated to re­cy­cle air around your desk area, pro­vid­ing a con­stant, clean, cool air flow. The stylish pol­ished alu­minium and black de­vice has sen­sors for real time an­a­lyt­ics, in­di­cat­ing all el­e­ments and pol­lu­tants in the air. £260; sp­rimo.com

Men­tal health

Stress is dam­ag­ing and in a de­mand­ing job your body can be in per­ma­nent fight or flight mode, lead­ing to mus­cle ten­sion and a fa­tigued mind. The Lon­don Med­i­ta­tion Cen­tre will as­sess you and tai­lor an easy-to-fol­low, sim­ple and ef­fec­tive regime. You’ll won­der why you left it so long. £POA; lon­don­med­i­ta­tion­cen­tre.com

Mo­bil­ity

Pro­longed sit­ting can cause mus­cu­loskele­tal prob­lems and heart dis­ease. To avoid these dan­gers, in­vest in a vari­able height work sta­tion. The most ad­vanced is the TableAir smart desk with a built-in sen­sor, which works with smart­phones to al­ter the work height to your spe­cific needs. From £2,325; shopt­ableair.com

Hy­dra­tion

Drink water, not cof­fee, if you want to fire on all cylin­ders in the of­fice. This sum­mer, LVL is launch­ing the first wear­able hy­dra­tion mon­i­tor, which uses in­frared light to mea­sure water lev­els in a wearer’s blood and then prompts them to top up if it’s fall­ing too low. Clever. £120; onelvl.com

Nu­tri­tion

When work gets busy, don’t al­low nu­tri­tion to slip. Pre­pare by in­vest­ing in food de­liv­ery. The Detox Kitchen’s Ac­tive Pro­tein 1,800-calo­rie food de­liv­ery pack­age boosts en­ergy and aids phys­i­cal re­cov­ery with three fresh meals, snacks and juices de­liv­ered each morn­ing (the co­conut muesli with rice milk is a stand­out). From £40pd;

detoxk­itchen.co.uk

Il­lus­tra­tions by JAMES GRA­HAM

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