Let’s face it; we all know that sitting behind a desk for 40 hours a week isn’t healthy. Vending machines sabotage your diet, your posture slumps, and your brain frazzles. Kick your old habits to the curb and try some of these healthy ideas instead. You’ll start feeling energized on day one.
Get Up and Move!
Sitting behind a desk all day can give you poor posture, increases your risk of heart disease, and slows your metabolism. Fight it by making sure you get up from your computer every hour. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, and take a walk on your lunch break.
Swap at least one cup of coffee a day for green tea, hot or iced. Green tea contains two important and healthy compounds: the amino acid l-theanine and the antioxidant phytonutrient called EGCG. Working together with caffeine, these compounds promote a relaxed yet alert mental state, calm your appetite, and even combat the health impact of poor indoor air quality.
Sunshine and Fresh Air
Poor indoor air quality and a lack of sunshine is a recipe for fatigue, malaise, and illness. Get back to nature by taking your lunch outside and going for quick walks during breaks. Bring the outdoors in by adding a plant to your work space. Research suggests that exposure to nature will even improve your working memory!
Smart snacking is more than choosing an apple over a cookie. Eat a carb-rich snack followed by a protein about twenty minutes later. This system works with how your body stays full. The carbs provide instant satisfaction, while the protein makes it last. This kind of snacking also keeps your metabolism on its toes. Stash nutritious choices at your desk to fight the urge to hit the vending machine.
Health leads to happiness, and happiness boosts productivity. These healthy habits will put you on the right track to feeling great and working at your best.