11 December 2015

Helping Office Workers Stay Healthy

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Helping Office Workers Stay Healthy

For a lot of people, the working day begins and ends at their desks with little or no breaks in-between. This unfortunately has become a part of normal office life.

Workers in industries such as marketing and administration can sometimes find themselves sat at their desk for long hours to meet the high demands of the job. It has been reported by various sources that sitting down for long periods of time is unhealthy and can increase the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.

It can be hard to break away from your work but there are small changes that can get you active and help improve your health during the working day.

Take breaks – little and often

Even if you get out of your seat and walk around the office it will help to get the blood flowing and keep your body active. Make sure you make use of your lunch break …try not to stop for lunch and start browsing social media or doing a bit of online shopping, instead try and swap this for something a bit more active such as a walk to the shop.

Stretching your muscles

Keep your muscles working by stretching and changing position throughout the working day. Quite often, when people are subjected to sitting at their desk for a long period of time they may begin to fidget, this is their body telling them that they need to move.

Making technology work for you

Technology can be one of the reasons for getting stuck at your desk but with all the gadgets that are now available there is no reason why you can’t make technology work for you. Smart watches and pedometers can help you keep track of your activity throughout the day, match this up with any of the numerous apps available on iOS and android devices and you can keep an eye on your progress.

Another idea can be to set an alarm on your watch or phone, reminding you to stand up and move every 30 minutes or so. Maybe offer to make your colleagues a drink so that you have a reason for getting up and moving around.

These are just a few ways of keeping active during a working day in the office and can help towards making the office a healthier place, which in turn will improve productivity.