We are now entering February and for many of us that means falling off the new years fitness / health wagon.
We tried to make a positive change but it didn't last.
Or maybe it did last, and now we’re looking for something to take it up a notch. Some easy changes that we can implement into our work routine to take our fitness to the next level.
After all, there’s no sense in putting in all that effort at the gym if you’re just going to waste it with poor health choices in other areas of your life.
Please read below for some simple tips and tricks on how you can improve your health and your body while at work!
1. Switch To Water:
Did you know that soda intake is associated with lower intakes of fruit, dietary fibre, and calcium? Did you know that sweetened beverages are the LARGEST SOURCE of added sugar in our diets? And did you know that they increase the risk of hypertension, diabetes, and tooth decay?
That should be enough to help you realize that it’s in the best interest of your health to switch those sweet and sugary beverages out for water.
2. Straighten Up:
According to research at the Mayo Clinic, proper body alignment not only prevents pain and injury, but can also boost your confidence and mood.
Additional research shows that “text neck” and poor work posture leads to pain, muscle tension, arthritis, and premature degeneration.
So please straighten up and be mindful of your body position and posture while at work. Adjust your computer monitor so that the bottom third of the screen is in line with your vision. Sit in a position where your feet are flat on the ground and your knees, hips, and elbows are all comfortable and supported at a 90 degree angle.
3. Pack Your Lunch:
Preparing and packing a lunch instead of buying a lunch at the cafeteria or eating out has numerous benefits. First, the nutritional content is likely much better including a lower amount of trans fats and preservatives. It’s likely that the calorie content is lower as well. Secondly, you get better quality for a lower cost. And lastly, you directly control what you eat so you can avoid any food intolerances or allergies.
Do you have good intentions but find you get too busy to prepare a lunch? If so, try meal prepping on Sunday or the night before!
4. Make Time For Yourself:
Be mindful at work. Enjoy the present moment, appreciate what’s around you, and remove unnecessary distractions.
When you are mindful and make time for the things you enjoy you’ll notice decreased stress, improved brain and immune function, better hormonal regulation, lower blood pressure, improved mental clarity and decreased anxiety.
The 4 tricks mentioned above are simple, quick, and can be easily implemented to take your health to the next level this year.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact us!