SIT, EAT, TYPE
I’ve been on a fitness hype recently and staying healthy in the office is probably one of the hardest things to do. Cake and treats everywhere! Here are a few things I do:
Try carb free lunches
Working in the office means sitting on your bum all day and not really being active. I always stick to carb free lunches so the carbs doesn’t sit in the stomach. Carbs are the reason I get bloated so easily and feeling bloated whilst sitting down all day isn’t the greatest feelings and always makes me feel glum. Sticking to a lean protein and fresh/cooked vegetables always beats the glum feeling for me. It might sound boring but it’s not just about salads. There are many carb free lunches you can have. If you do need carbs, wholegrain is what you need but limit the intake amount.
I’ll either pack lunch or cook when I’m home for lunch. Packing lunch will help control what I eat as I don’t like wasting food. If I do go out to eat during lunch, I try to pick the healthiest option and make modifications. Try and limit eating out during lunch as it’s easy to go with the crowd and eat all the junk food.
Water water water! Need I say more? If it’s too boring, add lemon to give it that extra zing or other fruits. I always find it easier to drink a lot of water in the office. I avoid english breakfast tea as I know I’d want biscuits with it and it goes downhill from there. It’s the same for fruity teas. An alternative would be drinking green or peppermint tea. Oolong tea is another good tea to drink if you can get your hands on it.
Exercise when you can
This might sound silly but it is actually possible. Just need to think outside the box. Walk up the stairs rather than getting the lift, add some stair push ups, plank knee tucks, there are many exercises you can do with the stairs. Do some squats on your toilet break in the bathroom, wall sits outside the bathroom, calf lifts whilst waiting for the photocopier or the tea to boil when it’s your tea round. Add a quick 7 minute HIIT workout at lunch. There are many exercises you can do whilst you’re sat at your desk too. These are a few ideas you can do. Every little helps! Even stretching.
Office treats are a no no
Say no! Don’t cave in. This is probably the hardest for me especially when it’s a colleagues birthday or they bring in treats. We also have a mini tuck shop and it does have my favourite things in there. My willpower was weak but I’m getting better at resisting. The alternative would be bringing your own snacks in, especially home made snacks. Sweet potato crisps, protein bites, greek yoghurt/cottage cheese, fruit, vegetable sticks, hard boil eggs, protein smoothie etc.
Hopefully the above helps you and gives you ideas.
P.S. I wish my office would be by the beach.
How do you stay healthy at work?