6 Ways to Improve Your Physical Health and Wellbeing at Work Video

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Avoid the dangers of sitting by following these six practical steps.

Did you know that most of us spend 13 hours a day sitting down?

All of this inactivity has the potential to cause serious health problems. But, it can be hard to stay fit and healthy when you have a sedentary job. So, here are six tips for boosting your health and wellbeing at work…

  1. Build activity into your commute. Why not walk, cycle or jog part of the way to work? Or, if you take public transport, get off one stop early and walk the rest of the way. 
  2. Take regular screen breaks. Aim to get away from your desk for a few minutes every hour. Chat to a colleague rather than emailing them, take a phone call while standing, or take a look out of the window.
  3. Use the stairs. Forget the elevator and take the stairs. Doing this will help to build up your aerobic capacity, raise your heart rate, and increase your muscle strength.
  4. Hold stand-up or walking meetings. Not only will this get you up, it will make your meetings fun, creative and productive.
  5. Go outside for lunch. Make an effort to leave your desk for lunch, even if it's just for a short walk around the block. This will boost blood circulation, flex your joints, and give you time for mental recharging and reflection.
  6. Eat well! To be truly effective, healthy behavior has to combine exercise and diet. So, prepare something that's both nutritious and delicious!

If you want to explore more ways you can look after you health and wellbeing at work, read the article here

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Comments (4)
  • Over a month ago BillT wrote
    Hi maznaimy,

    Thank you for the great tips on staying healthy at work.

    Mind Tools Team
  • Over a month ago maznaimy wrote
    1. Bring your healthy food with you if it is not available around.
    2. Open window to have fresh air when possible.
    3. Use natural perfumes/fresheners in stead chemical fresheners
    4. Check out office chair physical exercises
    5. Follow instructions for correct sitting
  • Over a month ago BillT wrote
    Hi darlic,

    Thank you for the question. Unfortunately, I'm probably not the best person to answer this question, as I find all food delicious.

    Mind Tools Team
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