BEWARE OF DESK DANGERS
STEP AWAY FROM THE LOLLY JAR! THESE OCCUPATIONAL HAZARDS COULD BE PUTTING YOUR HEALTH AT RISK, BUT THERE ARE SOME SIMPLE WAYS TO GET BALANCE BACK
Why is it that most days we arrive at work full of energy and determination, but leave at the end of the day feeling like we’ve been hit by a bus and lacking any motivation to go to the gym? Most people spend between eight to 12 hours of their day at work, so if you’re not creating a healthy environment for yourself, you are most likely damaging your productivity and performance, as well as your long-term wellbeing. These tips should help:
EXERCISE BEFORE WORK
This is absolutely crucial and will almost singlehandedly improve your health, your fitness and your outlook on the day. Exercising before work not only eliminates any chance of you skipping a session after work, but it also produces endorphins within the brain, which leads to improved mental clarity, energy production and work performance.
AVOID THE LOLLY JAR
Most workplaces have them, and who doesn’t love a free sweet? But, before you grab a handful of M&Ms, think about this: consuming sugar (particularly processed sugar found in sweets) not only increases the chance of storing body fat, but it also increases the chance of that afternoon energy crash, decreasing productivity within 30 minutes.
“WE WEREN’T DESIGNED TO BE SITTING ALL DAY, IN FACT, QUITE THE OPPOSITE.”
I recommend that every 30-60 minutes you get up from your desk and walk around, or stretch for a minute or two. This improves blood circulation throughout the body and decreases your chance of workplace-related injury — lower back pain and shoulder pain are very common symptoms for those working at desks.
TAKE YOUR OWN MEALS TO WORK
As the saying goes, failing to prepare is preparing to fail. By getting healthy meals ready the night before you eliminates the chance of consuming that “healthy’’ B.L.A.T sandwich that the canteen offers downstairs. You know the one that comes with a free cookie on the side?
Fortunately a lot more companies and businesses are understanding the importance of employee health, contributing to the popularity of sit/stand desks. If you have the option of getting one of these desks, do yourself a massive favour and take it up. We weren’t designed to be sitting all day, in fact, quite the opposite. Sitting should only be used to rest for a short period of time. The more we sit the higher the chance of lower back injury, heart disease, diabetes and poor health in general.
DRINK MORE WATER, LESS COFFEE
Many people rely on coffee to get them through their workdays. While it might give you a morning boost, too much coffee can cause the jitters and make it more difficult to focus. Excessive intake can also interfere with getting a good night’s sleep. Try to limit coffee to mornings only and for every cup, make sure your next drink is water. Not only will it keep you hydrated, it may help you cut down on your caffeine intake.