Health on the Job


For most of us, work takes up a large chunk of our day and since we commit so much of our time and passion to our jobs, we need to ensure that we maintain good health not just before and after work, but on the job as well.

We’ve all seen the common health tips and the majority of these pearls of wisdom offer ways to prevent short-term illnesses like the common cold or flu.

As a little reinforcement of the things we all think are so obvious that we can’t possibly forget them, refer to the suggestions from CDC below:

1. Maintain a healthy lifestyle through rest, diet, exercise and relaxation.

2. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for 20 seconds and avoid touching your nose, mouth and eyes.

3. Cover your sneezes with a tissue or sneeze into your elbow

4. Keep frequently touched common surfaces clean, such as telephones, computer keyboards and door knobs. Don’t use other workers work tools or equipment unless you clean it first.

5. Stay home if you have flu-like symptoms

Most of these tips, although tried and true, are so embedded in our brains that we seldom think about them; however it is really important to pay close attention to tip number one, maintain a healthy lifestyle through rest diet, exercise and relaxation.  On a busy day, the only aspect of this you have time for is relaxation and by relaxation I mean passing out on the couch.

If you’re not sure how to maintain wellness on the job, read some tips from the Mayo Clinic below:

1. Try to walk or bike to work if you can. If you take public transportation, get off a block or two early and walk the rest of the way. If you drive, just park your car as far away from the entrance as possible and make sure you take the stairs!

2. Eat lunch standing as it will burn more calories and try to deliver messages by way of walking to your colleague’s desk instead of sending an email or phone call.

3. Instead of taking a coffee or snack break, take a walk or do some light stretching. Try to hold each stretch for 15 to 30 seconds.

4. If it is possible for you to safely balance on a firmly inflated fitness ball, sub it in for your office chair. Your balance will improve and you will tone your core muscles while sitting down.

5. Bring fitness equipment to work.Light equipment like resistance bands fit perfectly in your desk drawer or cabinet. You can do arm curls between meetings or tasks.

It’s true that some employees may feel uncomfortable brining in exercise balls or doing stretches at work, however, we are all understanding adults and in the long-term regardless of any gawking or office whispers, you will be sitting pretty and healthy! Make sure you check back to learn about ways to reduce stress and maintain a healthy diet at work.