March 2, 2016

Staying healthy at work? It's possible!

When I was working my corporate desk job, I was always looking for ways to bring some activity to my days and not become a sloth, mindlessly putting my hand in the candy jar. Ok, who am I kidding? I did that too, and on plenty of occasions! When Nuts.com contacted us a few weeks ago about partnering to put together some workplace health hacks, I was totally sold! I shared three of my best tips for making the workday part of a healthy, active lifestyle and they added a few to come up with the nifty infographic below!

7 workplace health hacks

Here are my best tips and things that I used to do religiously!

1. Keep a healthy snack drawer. So many offices are filled with junk food from the break room to the candy jar on your coworker’s desk. I stocked my snack drawer with peanut butter, 100-calorie almond packs, nuun tablets, applesauce cups, and protein bars. When I got hungry in the late afternoons, I had something to grab rather than reaching for candy. 

2. Invite your coworkers for a walking meeting. My days were simply filled with meetings and often I felt like I never moved, other than walking between my desk and a conference room. Since I had some like-minded, active coworkers, we instituted walking meetings for simple, shorter meetings where detailed note-taking or presentations weren’t needed. 

3. Stand up. When I was on marathon conference calls, I would take 10-15 minute standing breaks. Often, I would slip off me high heels in favor of the flats I left at my desk,and stand up and do some light stretching while I listened in to the call. This strategy worked well when I wasn’t the primary person speaking. I definitely wouldn't recommend it if you're briefing something important!

What do you think? How do you stay active when you're sitting at a desk most of the day?

And for some additional tips and options for healthy snacks you can check out the following:
Healthy Snacks Page
Healthy Snacks for Work Page

Disclaimer: This post is a collaboration between nuts.com and Two Runners Travel. No compensation was received for this post. We hope you enjoyed it! 

{Christine} 

29 comments:

  1. I imagine if I sat at a desk all day, remembering to take a break and walk around would be the most important. I keep telling my husband that@

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    1. It is important! My Fitbit was a really helpful tool in determining when I had been inactive for long periods of time.

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  2. I"m so glad I don't have a desk job! I can't sit for very long. I do snack on nuts tho. Especially Almond M&Ms!

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    1. Mmm that sounds like a very yummy treat!

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  3. We have a filtered water station here, so now it's very easy for me to keep refilling my bottle throughout the day. I take a lot of Airborn too....lol. The only exercise I get at work is a lot of walking.

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    1. Walking to the water fountain was a good way for me to get up from my desk too. Great idea on Airborne too! My Mom swears by that stuff.

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  4. One of the many reasons I love not having a desk job is because I'm forced to be on my feet for a good part of the day. A couple of times I've worn my Garmin to school to track the number of miles that I walk on a daily basis, and it constantly shocks me the number of miles that I walk each day while working with my students.

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    1. I have no doubt that you have very active workdays...I've seen that as a consistent theme from lots of comments from teachers on this post. Lucky for you guys!

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  5. I don't sit at a desk, since I don't work, but of course I'm sitting here blogging. Which is why I have my vivoactive to remind me when I've been sitting for too long!

    Great tips!

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    1. My Fitbit was a great tool for me when I had been sitting for too long.

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  6. These are all excellent ideas. It's a struggle to move around at an office job but I make myself do it.

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    1. It's hard especially when you have really busy days. Sometimes a little break to walk around helped keep me sane!

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  7. I've been trying to make a point of getting up from my desk once an hour to take a quick walk around the lobby and I feel like that has definitely helped! Our building also just installed treadmill desks randomly around the lobby so I might start giving those a try. I have taken to pacing during conference calls when I'm not the main person speaking and it's surprising how many steps I can get in during a call!

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    1. Oh that's a great idea. Unfortunately I never had the chance to get back to my (then) corporate office to use all the nifty TM desks they got. They seem like a great option for short bursts during the day.

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  8. When I had a desk job, I had a lot of difficulty staying put. I used to find reasons to walk to the other side of the office campus where we had another department housed. These days as a teacher, I'm on my feet most of the time anyway. As far as snacks go, our school receives a grant that brings in fresh fruit for the kids every day. They also have a "fruit of the month" where they try new things like kiwi or stuff out of the ordinary. On the other hand, the teacher's lounge always has cookies or chips and salsa or something not quite so vitamin filled!

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    1. Oh that's an incredible concept! I bet that's really fun for you and the kids to get to try new fruits. :) I love hearing about schools doing cool and innovative things with nutrition and wellness for kids.

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  9. Great tips! Even when not working, I bet I'm not the only blogger who has to remember to get up and stretch and get away from the computer every once in awhile!

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    1. Haha true! It's easy to stay put when you're on the computer I think.

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  10. This is so me!!!

    I have a drawer at work with fruit and protein bars so I don't go to t he vending machine.

    I always take the stairs instead of the elevator. You would be surprised at how many people where I work do NOT.

    I also try to get up and walk several times a day. Still I do have a sedentary job :(

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    1. It's hard, Darlene. There were some days where I barely moved from my desk so I totally get it. My last client engagement was a health and wellness project so that helped...a lot of people were very knowledgeable and also conscious of their own health so people were more likely to get on board with walking meetings and such.

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  11. I battle this every day! I take the long way to the little girls room, and try to go run up and down the stairs a few times for no reason, but it hard! I sit way too much.
    Healthy snacks are so important ;)

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    1. I love that you run up and down the stairs! :) I found that if I took the stairs too fast between floors, I would often arrive at a meeting a bit winded...awkward!!

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  12. I often take walks at lunch. We are within walking distance of a huge FBI compound and I'm fascinated by it. Lol

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    1. Oooh interesting! I would be totally fascinated by that too.

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  13. I'm a teacher, so I walk around the classroom a lot as students are working, to 'check on what they're doing'.

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    1. Oh yea, I bet you are on your feet a lot. I bet you find some interesting things that they're working on when you walk around too ;)

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  14. I love all of the suggestions! I find that keeping healthy snacks available makes a huge difference! :)

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    1. Oh my gosh, we had a HUGE convenience store/grocery on the ground floor in the hospital at my last client and the temptation to run down and grab a bag of candy was always there. So I had to do everything I could to stay away! :)

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  15. I sit behind a desk all day long and my bathroom is really 20 steps away. I try to get up through out the day but honestly I could sit for 3-4 hours at a time and not realize it! Great tips. I so wish I could talk my boss into a working treadmill desk, lol

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