Make Healthy Choices at Work

March 01, 2012 by Kathy Nellor

Staying fit at work is a challenge for most of us. Conveniently located vending machines, a heavy workload and lack of time to exercise are a few hurdles that get in our way. The good news is it doesn't take drastic lifestyle changes at the workplace to stay healthy. Small changes throughout the day can make a big difference.

  • Bring your lunch to work. It's not only potentially healthier for you, but it also can save you money.
  • Keep a well-stocked, healthy snack drawer in your cubicle. Pulling from a drawer filled with beef jerky, apples, oranges, almonds and other healthy snacks is better for you than a trip down to the cafeteria for a fudge brownie.
  • Find a partner. A partner to exercise with and who can hold you accountable doubles the drive and determination. If teamwork is important on presentations, spreadsheets and projects, why should getting healthier be any different?
  • Get up and move. Set an alarm once an hour to get up for a couple of minutes and move around. Instead of using the bathroom on your floor, use the one two floors up from you, and of course use the stairs. Stretching at your desk or just simply walking laps around the building will help you keep active.
  • Exercise at work. Whether simple exercises at your desk or taking advantage of your company's wellness programs, getting physical activity at work is convenient. Also, check with your company's health insurance provider and your benefits department to find out if there are discounts available for exercise and health programs.

Professionals do the hard work for their employers; we owe it to ourselves to put the same work ethic into becoming healthier.

Written by Tanner Johnson - Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska

Tags:  healthy, work, wellness