Working in an office whether it be at home or in a building can really take its toll on your weight. Hours and hours of sitting at a computer can make it really difficult to pay attention to your health. You know those days when the meeting starts with donuts or someone brings in something delicious from home? Or how about the infamous candy jar? How about being able to go to the fridge at your leisure? All of these can add the pounds on quickly.
When I worked in human resources it was customary that there was always a candy jar on the table. It was for team members and management while they were sitting around at the desk with me. One of our jobs was keeping it full. With a jar that size within reach all day, it was very difficult to not keep reaching into it. One small piece of candy can easily jump to 5 and nearly 200 calories! Yikes!
At home, you have full access to your fridge. It’s so easy to go downstairs and just grab a bag of whatever you have lying around and take it to your desk. When your working, you’re not paying attention to how much you’re eating and stress can make you eat a lot more than you should. Cookies for a snack are going to taste a lot better than a plate of carrots. I wish they didn’t, but they do.
Here are some simple office health tips to keep you on the right track and make sure that you can fit into your holiday outfits for all of the events!
Take Breaks ~ I was a horrible offender on this one. In the office building I was on salary so I didn’t have regulated breaks. Sometimes I would just skip them in lieu of getting something done. Bad idea. At home, I’d just sit at the desk and want to get done for the day. Don’t do that either. Set a timer so that every two hours you are getting up. Even if it is for a quick walk down the stairs, to the bathroom or around the building make sure that you get up.
Pack a Lunch ~ Now, I know that this is not high on the priority list but you’ve got to do it. If you are being surrounded by tasty food and you didn’t pack a lunch guess what you are going to do? Eat it. Get it done the night before so that you don’t have to rush in the morning to get it ready. From home I have it almost entirely assembled so that when I go on my lunch break I can just go down and eat and not just grab a bag of chips.
Snacks ~ You’ve got to pack some snacks with you. Keep them in your purse, your pocket, at your desk, it really doesn’t matter just as long as you pack them. Some great ones are apples, mixed nuts, granola bars (watch the calories) and popcorn. Be sure to measure them out into small re-sealable containers so you can grab and go. Keeping your body fueled keeps your mind fueled so you can concentrate more on your work and not your growling stomach.
Get a Water Bottle ~ This is a deal breaker. Until I kept a water bottle with me all day long it was entirely too easy to not be drinking enough water. At a minimum you should be going for 8-9 glasses per day. Coffee, much as I would like it to, does not count. Keep it beside you at all times and on your breaks re-fill it. If you are worried about getting up and going to the lavatory too much, you should be getting up every two hours anyways. Don’t start drinking a ton of water if you are not used to doing it. Work your way up over a few days and you will keep well hydrated.
I hope these tips help you keep your weight in checking while you are working so hard! What do you do to keep yourself healthy while you are working? I’d love to know!
Heather Santo is proudly an A Real Change Certified Virtual Assistant with over 15 years of customer service experience via face-to face, telephone and internet. She also spent time in corporate America as a Human Resources Manager performing generalist duties and specializing in recruiting.
She now enjoys using her talents to serve her clients and help them to operate their businesses efficiently.
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