When it comes to workplace health, we’ve been told a slew of things that we should be doing.
We’ve been told sitting is the new smoking, we need to wash our hands constantly, drink more water, eat healthy foods and stay away from the junk food in the vending machines, etc.
The problem here isn’t a lack of education. Every article you read on the internet will tell you that sitting at your desk all day directly into a computer screen is detrimental to your health.
The problem is that most people rely on their willpower to have a healthier workday. We tell ourselves that we’ll get up every 30 minutes to grab some water and fresh air, but then the motivation wave usually comes to an end.
Willpower is extremely overrated. Try to convince your friend at work that they will have much more energy by avoiding the bagels on the kitchen table and grabbing a piece of fruit instead and you’ll probably see their eyes glaze over.
So instead of fighting urges and depleting your willpower, you’ll be more successful if you create systems, processes and reminders that help you form positive.
I sought out to find some quick wins you can implement right now to help you have a healthier workday. Things like setting a reminder on your calendar every 30-60 minutes to get out of your chair is a perfect example of how you can avoid the pitfalls of the sedentary lifestyle without relying on willpower alone.
You won’t find anything conventional here like “buy a standing desk” (although those are super cool and I wouldn’t mind having one). Nothing mentioned on this list should cost you a penny, nor will they take a lot of effort on your part. However, when you do a lot of the easy tips mentioned here, they can add up to create a noticeable impact on your health while at the office.
So without further ado, here is an infographic that breaks down 9 super simple tricks you can use today that will positively impact your health while at work.
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