Here at Nigro and Nigro we spend a considerable amount of time either working at a desk or traveling to clients, two habits that don’t always foster healthy habits. This is especially true when faced with hectic or alternating schedules and way too much time spent sitting behind a desk… or in a car… or on a plane. Perhaps you share our struggles?
If you do, here are a few very simple tips that help put you back on track.
- Pack a few healthy snacks when you are on the road.
If you are like me hunger and readily available junk food are a bad combination. Taking the time to pack a few chopped fruits or vegetables or a healthy granola bar can help keep you going between meals.
- Incorporate fruits and vegetables when eating out.
Although this is certainly not a groundbreaking tip, when eating out, try to incorporate salads into your lunch or dinner and look for vegetable side dishes. However, when traveling with co-workers, be sure not to avoid joining in in on group meals because you worry about finding healthy options. The growing number of restaurants that offer meal salads or health conscious options should assist you with this.
- If you have a job that requires a lot of desk time, get up and move once in a while.
This can mean simply get up to walk to the copier a few more times during the day, or taking a mid-morning break to go outside and walk around your building or climb up and down the stairs once. Our office is on the 4th floor and when I find myself getting sleepy a quick trip down the stairs to the lobby and back helps me to wake up and refocus. As an additional bonus this will also give your eyes a quick break from focusing on a computer screen. You can also invest in a standing desk if you spend a lot of time at your computer.
- Finally, stay hydrated.
You probably have a water dispenser at your office; why not make the most of it? Staying well hydrated is essential for overall health, and some reports state that 60-70% of adults in America are daily dehydrated 1. Try keeping a reusable water bottle at your desk, or maybe even swapping out that extra cup of coffee for a glass of water.
Written by J. Berry, CPA, Senior Accountant