Healthy choices at the office

Having a job in which you sit all day shouldn’t be a determining factor in your health. So you sit all day? That doesn’t mean you can’t make healthful choices at the office. Here are some tips to help you make more healthful and nutritious choices.

Having a job in which you sit all day shouldn’t be a determining factor in your health. So you sit all day? That doesn’t mean you can’t make healthful choices at the office. Here are some tips to help you make more healthful and nutritious choices.

1. Avoid vending machines

candybarThis may seem like a no-brainer, but it can make a big impact. A regular-size candy bar—Payday, Kit Kat, 3 Musketeers, Snickers, Milky Way, to name a few—from a vending machine on average has about 240 or more calories. Try packing a lunch instead. If you want something sweet, put in a serving size of dry cereal. According to SpecialK.com, the Special K Chocolatey Delight cereal has just 120 calories per serving.

2. Get out of your seat

officechairSitting all day is not healthy. It can be rough on your joints and can cause bad circulation. According to The Washington Post, sitting for long periods of time allows blood to pool in your legs. This can lead to swollen ankles, varicose veins and dangerous blood clots. Make sure to take breaks throughout your workday to walk around the office or walk outside if the weather is nice. Standing once an hour can help as well.

3. Keep healthful food in your desk

snacksIf you have pretzels, assorted nuts, dry cereal or granola bars in your desk, you likely will choose one of those instead of buying calorie-laden snacks from the vending machine. Make sure to keep these healthful snacks in serving sizes. It’s easy to eat more than a suggested serving if you don’t have the food portioned. Also, make sure to snack only when hungry, not just because the food is there.

4. Eat lunch away from your desk

deskHovering over the latest work reports doesn’t lead just to smudge marks and food stains, it can lead to your being hungry again in a couple of hours. Eating lunch at your desk may seem like a good idea, but chowing down while doing something else takes your focus off eating. Your focus is on work, and therefore you don’t realize how much you’ve eaten, let alone enjoy it.

5. Drink water

waterChoosing water instead of pop or juices from the vending machine can make a big difference. Drinking water before eating lunch can make you feel fuller. And it has no calories. Win, win!