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.
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.
4. Eating a healthy lunch is an important part of a balanced diet. But eating reasonable portions is an important part of your health.
"Eat a healthy lunch at work, but also practice portion control so you aren't consuming too many calories and then sitting in a chair all afternoon," says Jackson. "Many times, it's not that you are eating unhealthy food, it's just that you are eating too much."
For instance, Jackson explains that pizza isn't inherently bad, it's just that a person will eat three or four slices too many, and that's where the problem lies. Instead, share a large slice of piece of pizza with a co-worker, and then eat a salad that's packed with veggies.
5. Tension neck syndrome (TNS) can occur when the neck and upper shoulders are held in a fixed, awkward position for long periods of time, according to the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. It can happen to people in the workplace who talk on the phone for a most of the day or type a lot.
"You want to make sure your neck isn't bent to the side for long periods of time, " says Alan Hedge, professor of ergonomics at Cornell University. "Tension neck syndrome can cause neck and shoulder pain, muscle tightness, and tenderness. So use a speakerphone, a shoulder cradle, or use a headset at work when you're on the phone."