Some people may find it difficult to stay active during the day, and may also struggle with a poor diet when working at a job with minimal physical activity. In order to avoid inactivity and poor eating habits -Take your activity and healthy eating habits to work.
1. Bring your Lunch
Bring your lunch. This way you can pack a good portion size, and have foods that you enjoy. This will help you make good food choices.
Find some time the night before work or the morning of to prepare your lunch and snacks for the day or even for the week.
Pack your main course and make sure you also pack snacks that you enjoy.
Many people tend to order delivery, or eat out on their lunch breaks. You want to try to avoid this because you may be eating more unhealthy foods (like fast foods, bad greasy foods, etc.) as well as eating unnecessary large portions..
Sometimes I pack leftovers from the night before, or I cook/prepare something. My main meal may be a salad, pasta, chicken and rice, rice and beans, etc. (I pack whatever I'm in the mood for). I like to add fruits and vegetables as a snack for when I get hungry throughout the day. Sometimes I'll pack nuts, a small bag of dry cereal, crackers etc.
2. Be Active
No matter where you work, in a hospital setting or at a desk in an office, there are ways to stay active.
3. Stay Hydrated
The Office WorkOut
Take 10 minutes out of your workday to do a few exercises. You don't have to break a sweat - you just have to move.
Sit and Stand - Stand in front of your chair with your legs shoulder width apart. With your weight on your heels, squat down into your chair. Push down into your heels and pull yourself back into a standing position.
Stair Climb - Walk up and down a flight of stairs in your workplace. Keep your back straight.
Side Shuffle - Find a hallway where you feel free to move around. At one end of the hallway, stand to the side with both feet together. Take a side step by abducting one leg to the side, and have the other leg follow with an adduction until your feet are back together. Keep going until you are at the other end of the hallway
Jenna Webster, ACSM, ACE – Personal trainer specializing in empower busy women to live healthy and active lifestyles!”