Most adults these days are well acquainted with how best to stay healthy; what to eat and how to
exercise and so on. However for those in an office-based environment, it is more of a challenge to
stay in peak health due to the sedentary nature of the job. Luckily, there are some easy tips to follow
which could improve your overall health – even while you work.
1. Keep your desk tidy. Make sure everything is organised and remember to clean your desk,
phone, computer keyboard, etc. once a week with antibacterial wipes. Germs breed like
wildfire in places like this and it’s best to be precautionary. Keeping everything in a way that
is organised reduces stress and strain in the workplace.
2. Keep the correct posture. It’s important to keep the correct posture while you work so that
you don’t damage your muscles. Keep your feet flat on the floor and ensure that your knees
and arms are at right angles. Your eyes should be level with the top edge of the computer
screen, with the screen itself tilted upwards. This will stop you straining your neck.
3. Keep your blood flowing. This is easily achieved by getting up once per hour and walking
around a bit. You could walk outside for a minute or just around the office. In addition, make
an effort to do things in person rather than rely on technology. For example, rather than
send an email, go to your colleague and deliver the message in person.
4. Gossip. Try not to get involved with it. It can be hard in a work environment sometimes to
avoid gossiping, especially after the Christmas party, but it is well worth your while making
the effort. Recent studies show that gossiping can have a dramatic psychological impact on
both parties. It leads to bad feeling and increased insecurity in the workplace – neither of
which are conducive to a calm, relaxed, productive environment.
5. Snacking. It’s inevitable. Most people spent somewhere around 8 hours in their workplace
and consume one meal and two snacks in this time. However, choosing to snack on healthy
foods can benefit the worker enormously. As well as the positive nutritional benefits, eating
less processed or junk food and more seeds, wholegrains, nuts and salads can prevent the
blood sugar crash that so often happens either after lunch or mid-afternoon. You will feel
much more alert, awake and productive.
6. Eat lunch. It might sound like an obvious thing, but skipping lunch is a big no-no. Your energy
levels are critical to your ability to think and function and these are badly affected by missing
a meal. It’s also important not to eat at your desk, but instead try and get up and go outside
of the office to eat. Changing environment periodically during the day is vital to staying
7. Stay hydrated. Drinking coffee and tea is all very well, but it’s water intake which will dictate
how fresh and alert you feel. The human body is largely made up of water and keeping
ourselves hydrated is a number one priority.