Most of us spend more than eight hours, or a third of our time, each day at work. How you spend this time can make a big difference in your health.
Here are 6 ways to boost your health and fitness at work:
- Brown bag it: Eating healthy is one of the most important contributors to your overall health, but it can be a challenge if your lunchtime options are restricted to local fast food restaurants or vending machines. Plan to bring a healthy lunch several times a week to control your calories and save some cash. Don’t forget to include some healthy snacks like cut-up fruits and vegetables or pretzels to ward off those afternoon munchies.
- Make your pitch-ins healthy: Don’t let your healthy diet be derailed by donuts! Get together with your work crew or office mates and make a pact to bring only healthy foods to the office to share. Bonus: Your office will be remembered as the one that has a bowl of yummy green grapes on the reception desk instead of candy.
- Take it outside: June brings some of the best weather to many parts of the country, so use this excuse to get outside. Coordinate lunchtime group walks or sports demonstrations like a golf “tune-up” session. If you work on a multi-building campus, use the nice weather as an excuse to walk from building to building rather than relying on inter-office mail.
- Change your culture: It’s easier to stay healthy in an environment that supports healthy behavior. Talk to your boss or your wellness coordinator about changing your workplace to help you make healthy choices. Your office could include more fresh foods in the vending areas or cafeterias or start a lunchtime walking club or “steps” competition. Your office could encourage healthy behaviors like taking the stairs, walking to visit an employee instead of emailing, and allowing extra time after a lunch break for employees to change their shoes and freshen up after a stroll outside.
- Step Out: Step Out: Walk to Stop Diabetes is a fun, healthy event that brings co-workers and their families together outside the office to help the American Diabetes Association Stop Diabetes. Invite employees, company vendors, employees’ families, friends and neighbors to join your team.
- Take the Tour: The Tour de Cure is a series of fundraising cycling events held in 44 states nationwide to benefit the American Diabetes Association. The Tour is a ride, not a race, with routes designed for everyone from the occasional rider to the experienced cyclist. Form a team with your fellow riders from work and enjoy the camaraderie of both training and participating in the ride.
For more information, visit www.diabetes.org/INSERTVANITYURLHERE or call 1-800-DIABETES.