If you work long hours in an office, you know how difficult it can be to stay healthy and fit. But, just because you spend the majority of your day sitting doesn’t mean you have to compromise your health. Here are ten quick and easy investments to make in your office to make it a healthier, happier place to work:
- Buy a mini fridge and stock up. You can snag one on Amazon for less than $100 and hook it up in your office. Fill the fridge with healthy, low-cal snacks rather than venturing over to the vending machine when that afternoon hunger strikes.
- Install an elliptical. If you’ve got the room and a tax return burning a hole in your pocket, purchase an elliptical or stair stepper for your office that you can hop on during your lunch hour to work up a quick sweat.
- Sign up for a healthy snack box subscription. Graze.com and Naturebox.com offer unique, healthy snacks delivered to your office for under $12 a month.
- Keep cool water bottles close at hand, or grab one of these top 10 cool reusable water bottles to keep you hydrated.
- Hang a mirror in your office to show your posture. Glancing over at it occasionally will remind you to sit up straight, reducing the pressure on your lower back.
- Start a chart for calendaring exercise. It may be as simple as a dry erase board or excel spreadsheet, but tracking your exercise is a good reminder to get out and get moving as often as possible.
- Set a timer for every hour or every other hour. When the timer goes off, go for a quick walk around the office, do a set of lunges or squats, or just stand up and stretch.
- Sit on an exercise ball. Ditch your comfortable office chair for a day or two and sit on an exercise ball to increase your activity and improve your health.
- Invest in a FItbit. You might be pleasantly surprised at how many miles you walk around the office each day, or it might serve as a good reminder that you need to up your activity.
- Use apps to track your food intake. Apps like Fitness Pal or Nike Running can keep you on track and get you moving. Challenge your coworkers to lose weight or run a race.
As with any other task in the work place, small changes can make a big difference in your health as well. What are your favorite fitness tips and tricks for the workplace?
Ben Sutton is the founder of Mazuma USA, an accounting firm providing tax, bookkeeping and payroll services to small businesses. Since founding Mazuma, Ben has established himself as an expert in the small business world. He’s still driven by that same desire to provide accounting help to all small businesses – from photographers, bloggers and creatives to lawyers, doctors, and dentists, everyone needs affordable accounting help. Ben is a Certified Public Accountant, and a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. But Ben considers his greatest achievement and credential to be his happy wife and four children.