I don’t know about your office, but it seems like a lot of people are getting sick. I am sure I am not the only person who dreads the inconvenience of getting sick. So for this article, I decided to put my worry to good use and do a little research on staying healthy at work. I came across a great article by ABC News that I thought it gave one of the best holistic approaches to workplace health. Below is a summary of their seven tips:
- Go for a walk – According to a study done by a team at University of Michigan, going for a 50 minute nature walk can improve your working memory by 20%. Surprisingly, results were similar when participants were asked to just view pictures of nature for 10 minutes.
- Surf the Web or Take a Break – Researchers have found that briefly cruising the web for a “rest break” rejuvenated exhausted employees and boosted their productivity. Many companies are strict on internet use, so incorporate different types of rest breaks – going for a (healthy) snack or cup of coffee.
- Turn your desk area into a mini gym – bring hand weights or use an exercise ball instead of a chair. Truthfully, I will probably never do this, however I could benefit for doing some desk push up or squats 3 times a day.
- Keep moving – instead of emailing “everything” hand deliver notes to coworkers nearby. Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
- Watch your posture – “The number one thing that gets people into trouble as far as a downgrade in their health is their posture.” Some simple things include sitting close to your desk and keep your computer monitor at eye level.
- Plan ahead – bringing your own lunch is both healthier and cheaper. Eat every 4 hours and brings some healthy snacks to avoid the temptation of the vending machine
- Food Safety –over 60% of Americans eat lunch at their desks. Be sure to treat your desk as you would treat a kitchen counter and clean it regularly.