5 Tips for staying healthier & happier at work

 

A healthier work place will be much more productive than an unhealthier one, with employees taking less days off for sickness and illness. There’s no shortage of studies telling us that some of our daily routines are prevalent with unhealthy practices. Some of these include:

  • Sitting down at your desk
  • Staring at your computer screen
  • Not getting enough fresh air & sunlight
  • Eating poorly and being de-hydrated

Luckily, there are some easy ways to these reverse bad habits in the workplace. With this in mind, Callidus health and safety has put together 5 simple and effective ways to get your workplace healthier and ultimately happier.

Remind yourself to sit less

Those of you who work at a desk, should try to stand or walk around the office for at least two hours a day to avoid health risks associated to sitting too much, per the ‘British Journal of Sports Medicine’. Not only is it good for you physically, but studies show that it can increase productivity making you more likely to focus on the task at hand. Instead of sitting at your desk to eat your lunch, take your lunch outside and go for a walk to get out of the office to get some fresh air. You need to clear your head, and you need fresh air for better health.  The British Journal of Sport Medicines guidelines say that workers should use adjustable sit-stand desks, and should go for “light walks” to alleviate possible musculoskeletal pain and fatigue as part of the adaptive process.

Desk designs and technology that allow employees to do their job more easily while standing up – either at their desk or from other locations such as their home – are also encouraged.

Get a fruit box

Experts are forever telling us that we should consume at least 5 pieces of fruit or vedge a day as part of a healthy and balanced diet. But managing to fit these portions into our daily diets isn’t always possible before/after work. Investing in a weekly or even daily community fruit box is a brilliant way to boost the vitamins and minerals that your employees consume during the day. We spend up to 60% of our waking hours at work so you need to eat 3 of our 5 a day at work (or more). Providing free fruit shows you care about the health of your staff, who in turn feel more appreciated and motivated.

Gym membership

Providing a gym membership (or subsidising the cost of one) can be a wonderful way to inspire your staff to get more active. Offering access to gym membership can help employers tackle issues such as sickness absence levels and increase staff loyalty and engagement levels. Researchers from The University of Bristol found that employees who took part in a workout before going to work – or exercised during their lunch – were better equipped to handle whatever the day threw at them. Jo Coulson, Research Associate in the University’s Department of Exercise, Nutrition and Health Sciences, said: “It’s generally well-known now that there are many physical and mental health benefits that can be gained from regular exercise. Employers who are ahead of the game in offering proper on-site facilities actually get less from their employees on days that they don’t exercise.”

 

Drink more

Dehydration causes fatigue and weariness, which will have a direct impact on your performance at work and your energy levels. To ensure you drink enough water at work buy a bottle and bring it with you, if you have a bottle with you at all times you are more likely to drink from it throughout the day.

Have a goal of filling your water bottle up X amount of times and drinking it all to ensure you get enough water will help get you into a habit of drinking enough water at work, ensuring you stay hydrated throughout the working day.

Ease your eyes

Working at your desk, you’ll be spending long periods of time focusing on something at a fixed distance in front of you and can cause eyestrain, headaches and even blurred vison. To help relax your eyes, try regularly focusing on something further away from your line of site (ideally, out of a window) giving your eyes regular breaks. It’s recommended that you rest your eyes for 15 minutes after two hours of continuous computer use. Try to get away from your desk or go for a walk. Don’t be tempted to use your phone or look at your tablet during your breaks as this won’t be giving your eyes a much-needed rest. For every 20 minutes of computer usage, try to look away into the distance to allow your eyes to refocus.

Source: Mark Burslem Callidus Health & Safety Ltd

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