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10 Tips to Improve Your Health at Work

Avoid those snacks, take a walk during lunch, and clean that keyboard, and you're on your way to a healthier workday.

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Eight hours in a chair in front of a computer, five days a week can take a toll on your body. From avoiding eye strain and tension neck syndrome to passing on those extra calories that co-workers leave invitingly on their desks, experts give WebMD 10 tips that will help you stay healthy and in shape at work.

1. The snacks that your co-workers so nicely place on their desk can add a few hundred calories to your daily diet if you're not careful, and they can leave you with unwanted pounds if you help yourself day after day.

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"If it's out of sight, it's out of mind, so if you know someone has a candy dish on their desk, walk around his or her desk so you don't feel the temptation," says Dawn Jackson, a registered dietitian and spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association. "Take a break, get a breath of fresh air, and skip the candy. Or, if you are hungry, have fruit at your desk, like cherries or grapes."

Three out of five Americans are overweight, explains Jackson, which means there is likely more than one person in your office who is dieting.

"In most offices, people are trying to lose weight, so go in with people and get fruit bowls instead of candy bowls," says Jackson. "And see if you can get people to replace their candy bowls with something healthier."

2. Drinking an adequate amount of water -- eight to 10 glasses every day -- can help keep you hydrated. Many foods are also good sources of water; fruits like oranges, grapefruit, grapes, watermelon, and apples can help keep you healthy and hydrated.

"The 3 o'clock lull that many people feel at work can be due to dehydration, so drink lots of water," Jackson tells WebMD. "Set goals: Bring a 16 ounce bottle of water to work and try to finish it by lunch, and then fill it up again and finish that by 3 p.m. By 5 p.m., finish a third bottle."

Another tip from Jackson: Set your computer alarm to go off so you remember it's time to refill.

3. One of the most important things you can do during the day to stay healthy and in shape is to exercise.

"Walking during lunch is a great idea," says Jackson. "Not only are you burning calories, but you're de-stressing and refreshing."

Jackson recommends you find a walking partner whom you can depend on for a daily walk --someone who will drag you out even if you claim you're too busy. If you really can't get out during lunch, park farther away than you normally do so you have a short walk to work in the morning and evening, or make it a habit to take the stairs instead of the elevator.

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