Written by Pete Morano on August 5, 2013
Categories: Blog Posts

We all know that sitting in a desk chair for eight hours a day, every day can take a serious toll on your body over the years and can make it hard to eat well and stay active. That’s why Momentum is kicking off a 4-week Healthy Workforce Month that will encourage our team (and yours!) to make healthier lifestyle choices at work and at home.

Throughout the month of August, we’re going to be talking about ways to exercise at your desk, tips for getting management buy-in for employee health initiatives and more! Join us in our Healthy Workforce Challenge this month by making simple changes that can have a big impact.

Here are 8 tips that will help you stay healthy and in shape at work:

1. Keep Healthy Snacks Handy

The snacks that coworkers have at their desks (like candy, chips or salty nuts) can add a few hundred calories to your daily diet if you’re not careful. Keeping things like fruits and veggies at your desk can keep your blood sugar stable between meals and keep you energized during the day — without adding on unnecessary calories and pounds.

2. Drink Water

Staying hydrated can keep you energized and can prevent you from thinking you’re hungry when, in fact, you’re thirsty. Keep a tumbler at your desk that you can get up and refill throughout the day. You should be drinking 8 to 10 glasses every single day.

3. Get Up and Walk Around

Keeping your head down and working all day may seem like the best way to get your work done and get out of the office, but it’s much healthier to get up and walk around for at least 20 minutes during lunch. The exercise will help you burn a few calories, clear your head to reduce stress and, most likely, make you more productive in the afternoon.

4. Connect With Coworkers

Along the same lines, be sure to get away from your desk and chat with coworkers for a few minutes a day. Studies show that social interactions at work can reduce stress and promote happiness. Mental health is an extremely important part of overall health that often gets overlooked.

5. Plan Ahead and Bring a Balanced Lunch

It’s easy to grab cheap fast food around the corner with coworkers or get something out of the vending machine during lunch. Resist the temptation! Take extra time in the morning to pack a balanced lunch that’s going to give you the energy to help you get your work done — not put you in a carb coma.

6. Watch Your Posture

Sitting in a desk chair all day can be very harmful to the muscles in your neck, lower back, arms and legs. Sit with your legs fixed at a 90-degree angle with feet resting comfortably on  the floor and make sure that your computer monitor is at eye level so that you don’t have to strain. Get up and stretch every hour to stretch and strengthen your muscles.

7. Disinfect Your Work Station

Computer mouses, keyboards and desk phones can harbor thousands of germs that are just waiting to make you sick. Avoid illness (and sick days) during the year by disinfecting your equipment regularly and washing your hands several times throughout the day.

8. Organize Activities for Group Participation

It’s easier to make healthy choices when your coworkers are doing it too. Organize activities that everyone can partipate in — like a Health Month Challenge — that gives everyone one healthy activity to focus on per week. You can also encourage employees to do community activities together. Some of the Momentum team got together to run a 5k last weekend!

Do you have some tips for improving your health at work? We’d love to hear about them! Share your tips and tricks in the comments section below.