May is Global Employee Health and Fitness Month, so I am going to talk about some ways to promote the benefits of a healthy lifestyle by giving you simple actions you can do anywhere… especially at work.
Take the stairs.
Pedometers, Fitbits, and various health tools track steps and daily mileage. One of the first things people do when they lean into a healthier lifestyle is to increase their movement. This can take the form of an actual organized fitness plan or by incorporating little acts of action that propel them forward toward their goals; try taking the stairs and parking a little further from the building.
If you’re a desk jockey, one of the best things you can do is to get up and move. Do it every hour if you can. This action can increase blood flow as well as your productivity. A 5-10 minute break can prevent eye strain, cramped wrists and stretch a stagnant body.
Increase your water intake.
Hydrate. Drinking water is good for you and will keep you hydrated. Benefits also include improving digestion and clearer skin. Keep a water bottle with you at all times and sip from it often. (Bonus tip: Couple drinking water with a repetitive activity can be a good way to stay on task.)
Very busy people often forget to eat. I’m not talking sugary snacks that boost your energy (and then cause a crash) throughout the day. I’m talking about healthy, good-for-you snacks that keep you feeling full and satisfied without all the calories and carbs.
The workplace can be hectic at times. Finding a moment to take a deep breath can keep the most frazzled days focused and on point. By remembering to breathe will help you reduce stress and anxiety, slow your heart rate, and it just feels good.
Get a massage.
Ok, so this one is kind of hard to do on the clock. I’ve managed to find ways around this though. Scheduling a half hour massage on your lunch break might be just the thing to keep you on task and relaxed. You could go for a full treatment off the clock OR maybe you can talk “the powers that be” into recruiting some massage therapists for some seated chair massage right there in the office.
There are so many other ways to practice healthy habits at work. Try balancing poses at the copier or correct your posture at your desk. Practicing healthy habits in the workplace is tricky. Find ways to work them in, and before long you won’t even notice the extra tasks that are bringing you one step closer to a healthier you!
If you’d like to book a massage with me, call my appointment line, 904-417-8620.
Until Next Time,
Jennifer Jacobsen, LMT, RM