Staying healthy is important to me. And, if I’m going to live a healthy lifestyle, I need to have workplace health as well as health at home. Maintaining your health at work might take a bit more effort and some planning ahead, but it is well worth it in the long-run.
Here are some of my favorite workplace health hacks that I want to share with you today.
Bike to work //
I work as a the Box Office Manager at a performing arts theatre that’s about two miles from my apartment. During the spring, summer, and fall, I ride my bike. This winter, due to icy conditions, I haven’t been able to, but, weather permitting, you’ll find me pedaling to work on my bike. It’s an easy way to get a work-out in before getting to work and bike riding is so much fun too.
Make healthy meals in advance //
Having a healthy wholesome dinner waiting for you at home after a busy day is imperative so you aren’t tempted to go through a drive-thru for dinner on your way home or eat just whatever is quick and easy. I will use my days off to cook healthy lunches and dinners that can be eaten as leftovers during the week. My crock-pot is also amazing for show days at the theatre when I know I’ll be covering a show shift and working late so I know that there will be a hot and healthy meal ready to eat when I get home.
Break up your day //
I’m not the kind of girl who can sit still for hours on end. I get up at least every half-hour to stretch, walk around the theatre, refill my water bottle, take the stairs, or step outside for a breath of fresh air. Physical activity is important and sitting for long periods of time isn’t healthy, so getting up for little bits at a time is the perfect way to help your health in a small way.
Stay hydrated //
Bring a refillable water bottle with you to work. Not only does having it next to you at your desk help to keep you hydrated, but it’s also good for the environment to not waste plastic bottles or paper cups.
Take a walk //
Have some extra time during your lunch break? Step outside and take a walk. I love walking in the area around the theatre. It gives me a chance to clear my head and promote my mental wellbeing in addition to my physical health.
Keep healthy snacks handy //
Fruits and nuts are always a good idea and my favorite bring-to-work snacks include and apple and almond butter, hard boiled eggs, dried fruit, nuts, and certain whole foods bars. Nuts.com sells a variety of healthy snack options that would be ideal for taking along with you to work.
Take the stairs //
When I go to work, I don’t need to choose between stairs and an elevator, but I know I’m not the first one to tell you that taking the stairs is the healthier choice. In between shifts, when the theatre is empty and there isn’t a show, I like to climb the stairs up to the balcony a few times to get in a quick work-out.