If you work a desk job, research shows you’re more likely to be obese, have metabolic syndrome and even have higher risks for cardiovascular disease. Great for the majority of us workers then, huh?
Well, you really don’t have to be at risk if you make a conscious effort to change a few things. In fact, you could still lose weight and reach health goals all while keeping your desk job. Phew. Aren’t you glad there are ways around the desk job? And you were about to quit huh? Don’t quit, just change these 10 things.
1) Ditch the Drinks
Soda, coffee, mochas, energy drinks.…whatever you’re drinking, it it’s not water, just ditch it. Having these drinks on your desk all day will not only increase your calorie intake, but will contribute to other unwanted damage to your teeth, your heart and digestive system. Sugary and caffeinated drinks will cause rise and falls of your energy and ability to think clearly which will decrease your productivity overall. If your boss knew that, they’d ban everything but water too.
2) Stand Instead of Sit
Standing increases energy, burns extra calories, tones muscles, improves posture, increases blood flow and ramps up metabolism. What more do you need to know?
3) Pack Your Snacks, Resist the Vending Machine
Vending machines rarely have anything of high nutritional benefit. Like the sugary drinks we talked about above, most vending machine options are not only high in sugar and sodium, they contain artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners and preservatives and these chemicals are toxic to your body. By toxic, I mean that they will overload your system and contribute to all kinds of health issues. In the short term, they will only take away hunger pangs, but not provide energy or nutrition. Don’t skip snacks all together. Pack some from home with a balance of nutrients like protein, complex carbohydrates and good fats. An example is cut up fresh veggies with black bean dip and a homemade guacamole.
4) Take a Candy Bowl Detour
Every office seems to have them. If you walk by it, your hand might grab some. Just take a detour, go a different direction. Make it out of sight, out of mind. If you’re craving something sweet in the afternoon, it’s likely your body needs a nutritious pick me up. Try an apple with peanut butter.