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10 Tips to Improve Your Health at Work

Toni-Ann DiSantis

10 Tips to Improve Your Health at Work (webmd.com)

 

Avoid those snacks, take a walk during lunch, and clean that keyboard, and you're on your way to a healthier workday.

Eight hours in a chair in front of a computer, five days a week can take a toll on your body. From avoiding eye strain and tension neck syndrome to passing on those extra calories that co-workers leave invitingly on their desks.  Here are 10 tips that will help you stay healthy and in shape at work.

1. The snacks that your co-workers so nicely place on their desk can add a few hundred calories to your daily diet if you're not careful, and they can leave you with unwanted pounds if you help yourself day after day.

2. Drinking an adequate amount of water -- eight to 10 glasses every day -- can help keep you hydrated. Many foods are also good sources of water; fruits like oranges, grapefruit, grapes, watermelon, and apples can help keep you healthy and hydrated.  The 3 o'clock lull that many people feel at work can be due to dehydration, so drink lots of water.  Set goals: Bring a 16 ounce bottle of water to work and try to finish it by lunch, and then fill it up again and finish that by 3 p.m. By 5 p.m., finish a third bottle.

3. One of the most important things you can do during the day to stay healthy and in shape is to exercise.  Walking during lunch is a great idea.  Not only are you burning calories, but you're de-stressing and refreshing.

4. Eating a healthy lunch is an important part of a balanced diet. But eating reasonable portions is an important part of your health.  Eat a healthy lunch at work, but also practice portion control so you aren't consuming too many calories and then sitting in a chair all afternoon.  Many times, it's not that you are eating unhealthy food, it's just that you are eating too much.

5. Tension neck syndrome (TNS) can occur when the neck and upper shoulders are held in a fixed, awkward position for long periods of time.  It can happen to people in the workplace who talk on the phone for a most of the day or type a lot.

 6. Eyestrain is another problem that can be encountered in front of a computer. It can cause headaches, difficulty focusing, and increased sensitivity to light.

7. A healthy tip that all of us want to hear is that vacations are an important part of staying healthy at work.

8. Another way to stay healthy at work is to avoid long stretches of long days.

9. Your keyboard, mouse, and phone can harbor thousands of germs that are just waiting to make you sick. So get out the disinfectant.

10. What's the most important thing you can do to stay healthy at work?

The most important way to stay healthy at work starts with self-awareness is to know yourself and know your limits and do the best you can to stay within those limits given your job. Know when to take breaks and know when to take a vacation. And get plenty of exercise, which helps you both physically and mentally, both at work and at home.