May is Global Employee Health and Fitness Month, but we believe taking care of your health and wellbeing should be a priority every day. Whether you’re back in the office or still at home, below are some super simple ways you can maintain your overall health.
We all know it’s important to drink water, but when jumping from meeting to meeting, or call to call, it can be easy to forget. The solution? Invest in a reusable water bottle you can sip on throughout the day, or set a few reminders on your phone throughout the day to grab a glass of water. Staying hydrated will keep your mind clear and keep kidney and other bodily functions in top shape.
Get on Your Feet
Sitting in your office chair for 8 or more hours is bad for your health. Even if it’s grabbing a snack in the break room, or, if you’re at home, taking a quick lap around the house, will boost your metabolism and work productivity. Want to feel even better? Take five minutes to do some simple stretches.
Pick Up the Pace
Workdays can get hectic, but physical activity should always be on your schedule. Walking on your lunch break, running with your dog in the morning, and playing outdoor games with kids are all ways to get active that don’t require a gym membership.
Veggies vs. Chips
Snacking throughout the day can help give you the fuel you need to complete various tasks and to-dos, but what you snack on can be the difference between that afternoon crash or having the energy to last until you until you’re back on the couch watching Netflix. If you don’t have access to healthy snacks at your workplace, stock up on things like carrots, nuts, dried fruit, and jerky and bring them with you. Or, if you’re home due to COVID-19, make something interesting like bell peppers and hummus or cottage cheese with fruit.
Grab a Buddy
Accountability is the best way to challenge yourself to a healthier lifestyle. If you find it hard to make time for your health, or if you want some extra motivation, find a coworker or friend to check-in with. You might even create a group message with your colleagues and plan healthy lunches or organize an after-work workout.
Though it may feel like a burden, making time to take care of yourself will leave you more energized, motivated, and productive. Whatever your workweek may look like, make your health a priority.