It is difficult to maintain a healthy work-life balance. Days can be stressful, monotonous and long. With meetings, conference calls and plenty of time spent sitting at your desk, our minds and bodies are in need of a little extra love. We spend a good portion of our lives at work, so it is important to take care of ourselves while we are there. Here are some helpful tips to bring wellness into your workplace.
At this point, we all know that sitting at a desk all day while hunched over looking at a screen is not good for our minds or bodies. Dr. James Levine from the Mayo Clinic conducted studies that revealed sitting in a chair all day (let alone staring at a computer screen leading to poor posture) is linked to a range of health problems and disease such as obesity, diabetes and cancer. Slouching and poor posture also deplete your core strength and lead to cellulite. Not ideal. Having a standing desk makes a huge difference, however, not all companies provide them. Here are few things you can do to make sure you are moving that beautiful body of yours throughout your work day.
Sit on a stability ball instead of a chair. This will improve your stability and balance and keep your core engaged, which can alleviate lower back pain and you can bounce up and down on it all day. Why not?!
Sit away from the water cooler and bathroom so you have to get in those extra steps.
If you are on a phone call, use your cell phone and headphones and walk around while you chat away - either in your office or outside!
For smaller, quicker meetings suggest going for a walk rather than meeting in the office.
Take the stairs.
Designate a “movement buddy” who sits away from you. Make a point to get up, walk to their desk and say hello a few times a day.