When you spend eight or nine hours at the office every day, not including your commute, it’s difficult to commit to even the most basic healthy habits: good nutrition, daily exercise and eight hours of sleep every night.
My office is a short distance from my home and even though my work hours are reasonable, it isn’t easy to prioritize health and wellness. Until someone figures out a way to add more hours to a day, there are a few simple things I try to do daily to stay healthy at work.
Commit to a Fitness Goal
Even though I know full well that I feel better when I exercise regularly, I have a hard time committing to a routine unless I have a goal to reach. This year, I signed up to run three Rock and Roll half-marathons, the first one in Nashville at the end of April. My boyfriend and I are flying down to meet my best fried and her husband there, so after the Saturday morning race I want to be able to enjoy the weekend. That’s motivation enough to want to be prepared for the race, but I’m also fundraising for Youth Services, an organization here in Chicago that provides counseling, prevention services and other programs for at-risk youth in Chicago.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
If you spend most of your day at work, you should drink most of your water at work. There are only six people in my office, so and we’re getting a water cooler this week, but we’re also well-stocked with bottled water, sparkling water and coconut water. I drink only water after I’ve had my morning coffee, and even then I doubt I drink all the water I need every day. If you don’t like the taste of water, make a pitcher of spa water and add fresh citrus, mint and some cucumber slices.
Eat a Smarter Lunch
It’s so easy to fall into the trap of spending $10-15 on lunch each day, especially if you work in a city where there’s a Whole Foods on every corner and specialty shops for soups, salads and sandwiches that have designer prices to match. Healthy Choice Original Café Steamers are the perfect solution: made with real ingredients and no preservatives, you don’t have to worry about sacrificing taste or freshness.
Unlike other frozen meals, Healthy Choice Café Steamers’ feature a unique tray-in-tray steam cooking method that delivers fresh-tasting meals with crisp vegetables and juicy proteins.Since the ingredients aren’t frozen in the sauce they have a fresh and delicious taste and you can determining on your own how much or how little flavor you want with your meal.
Each meal offers a mix of vitamins, nutrients and protein, Healthy Choice Café Steamers are a delicious, healthy, convenient option, whether at work, home or on the go. Healthy Choice is the only major brand in the frozen meals section that can call 100% of its products “healthy” as approved by the FDA and they’re available in the freezer aisle at grocery stores nationwide for the manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $3.29.
Make Your Breaks Count
At a typical office, it’s easy to get distracted by your surroundings and spend work breaks checking Facebook, snacking on whatever sweet treats someone left in the kitchen, or reading celebrity gossip. Instead of taking a lot of little breaks throughout the day, take a lunch hour or step outside for 15 minutes in the afternoon to take a walk. Some of my coworkers actually do yoga stretches in the office and others set alarms to remind themselves to get up and move. I’m a fan of grabbing some afternoon sunshine and catching fresh air, especially in the spring or summer.
My office doesn’t have a vending machine, but we do have a cabinet full of cookies, chips and crackers that are hard to resist when the 3:00 p.m. slump hits. I try to keep healthy snacks on hand, too, like light string cheese, almond butter and rice cakes, fruit and nuts. If you have an accessible kitchen at work, you can make sweet and savory apricot bites or stock up on Terry Walters’ NoNo Bars.
How do you stay healthy throughout the workday?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.