Happy Friday! Most of us have sedentary jobs – and we’ve all heard the phrase “sitting is the new smoking.” Personally, I spend a good deal of time sitting while at work and so am constantly trying to make smart choices. For this week’s Friday Five (where the theme is fitness), I thought I’d share five easy ways to make healthy choices at work. Considering we spend so much time at work, this really does matter! Don’t forget to check out Cynthia and Mar and some of the other folks who link up with us – and please don’t forget to link to your hosts if you are participating! Have a great weekend!
- Take the stairs. We have an internal staircase in our office and that makes this easy. Unless I’m carrying a lot of items (laptop, phone, notepad, etc.), I pretty much exclusively use the internal staircase rather than the elevator. It gets me up and moving throughout my day!
- Bring your lunch. I try and do this as much as possible. Inevitably what you bring from home is going to be much healthier (and also cheaper!! bonus!) than going out. Also, I really like my own cooking (call it vein, I don’t care :)) and so I’m typically really excited for what I have for lunch on any given day!
- Walk, don’t call. Instead of calling someone, I’ll get up and walk to their office to ask my question. Bonus, if they aren’t there, I just keep walking and then email them later. I don’t do this all the time, but I’m trying to do better about it!
- Get up to read documents. I’ve been doing this a lot lately. If I have a stack of documents to read or review, I will stand up and walk around my office while reading them, instead of just sitting down idle. It’s an easy way to not be sitting down at my desk and also gets me away from my computer, which helps me to be more productive when actually reading through the documents and not get distracted by email coming in.
- Stock your office with healthy snacks! I have a snack drawer that I fill periodically with granola, air popped popcorn, Kind bars, etc. It is great for the afternoon snack urges and makes it much easier to avoid the candy and cakes that often find their way into the office kitchens.
How do you make healthy choices at work?