Daily workouts can be quite difficult to fit into the busy schedule, and often, this causes us to throw our hands up and give up altogether. We often have an all-or-nothing mindset when it comes to exercise, but this way of thinking is harming our health — so, let’s put it to rest today and talk about how we can do that.
A workout doesn’t have to mean an hour and a half of sweating at the gym. We can find ways to sprinkle wellness into our everyday lives, and we can even fit wellness into our workday.
Here are a few ways to focus on wellness during your workday…
Think about your transport methods
Your workday essentially begins as soon as you leave your home in the mornings. If possible walk or cycle to work instead of using public transportation or driving. Not only is this great exercise, but it will also allow you to start your day off in a much calmer way, rather than if stuck in traffic. If your workplace is too far to choose this plan, decide to park as far away from the building as possible. Doing so will give you the opportunity to walk a more thereby getting some extra steps in. Also, ditch the elevator and take the stairs. You’ll be amazed at the difference it makes over time!
Make your office space greener
An excellent way to lighten your mood at work is to make your workspace more comfortable and inviting. Find some plants that don’t need a lot of sunlight and add as many as you’d like to your office area. Live plants will also assist in cleansing the air in your office, which is an added benefit to the beautiful scenery. Aside from the greenery, keeping your office space clutter-free will help you feel more productive and less stressed. Creating a routine that you can maintain to keep your space organized will help keep your office space running smoothly. Don’t forget the photos of your loved ones to lift your spirits, along with positive affirmations to visit daily!
Work on your posture
Good posture is a conscious effort we must make, especially when we slouch in office chairs for most of the day. I know, I know — it’s more comfortable usually — but the long-term effects are not. If you need a better chair, it is well worth the investment. Look up ergonomic chairs and visit your local office supply store to try some out in person. Good posture will assist you in concentrating better, and lessen those backaches you take home with you daily.
Make use of your lunch break
It’s time to stop working through your lunch break while you munch on a snack from the vending machine. One of the best ways to add wellness into your workday is to bring a healthy lunch. It doesn’t take much effort to make meals for the week on a Sunday afternoon — so head on over to Pinterest and look up some new, delicious looking healthy lunches you can start taking with you. If there’s time, squeeze in a 10-minute walk after you eat for better digestion and a clearer mind.
Always have healthy snacks nearby
I get it — sometimes when you’re racing against the clock to meet a deadline, you crave a sugar boost to keep you going. Keeping healthy snacks in your office will help curb your snack cravings while not having to resort to the vending machine. Dried fruit, nuts, dark chocolate or healthy granola bars are great options that will keep in your desk without going bad. It's also a good idea to stash some healthy snacks in your car for those days that you do drive and get stuck in traffic.
Don’t forget to drink your water
Ah, water. It’s often so undervalued, but it is truly essential. Staying hydrated will help your focus and give you natural energy. Dehydration is one of the leading causes of tiredness, headaches, and cravings. So, be sure to keep the water flowing throughout the day. You won’t regret it.
These are simple ways to begin implementing wellness into your workday every day. You’ll find that the positive changes will reveal themselves quickly, and you’ll crave the good feelings, wanting more. It’s not about perfection -- true wellness is about finding ways to fit it into your schedule, and about making the best choice available with what you’re given.
What are a few ways you plan to add some wellness into your workday? Hit reply and let me know what’s on your mind.