It can be hard to stay on track at work with business lunches, candy bowls, birthday celebrations, and long hours. Sometimes it can feel like your job is in direct conflict with your nutrition and fitness goals! But that doesn’t have to be the case — we promise!
Here are five tips to help you stay on track and feeling good at work.
1. Create a plan.
This is great advice no matter where or when you work. Meal planning is a fantastic tool, and it can be as in-depth or as simple as you want. Just map out your weekly meals (including when you will be eating out and when you will bring your lunch from home). Then, you just have to stick to the plan!
To learn more about meal planning, check out this video by Dragonfly owner Renah Jones!
2. Move at least one time every hour.
Step away from the desk! So many jobs these days are sedentary, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get moving. Take a stroll around the office, stretch right there in your cubicle, or do some squats for 30 seconds. Studies suggest moving once every hour improves your mood and brain function, and combats sluggishness.
3. Keep a stash — of healthy snacks.
Don’t find yourself staring at the vending machine at 3 p.m. We’ve all been there. And it’s the easiest way to fall into unhealthy snack choices. To avoid it, all you have to do is keep healthy snacks on hand! Fill one of your desk drawers with some nutritious snack choices so you always have a better option!
4. Plan a midday workout or walk.
Use your lunch break to take a short walk or squeeze in a workout. Not only is this an efficient way to fit your workout into a busy schedule, but you’ll be able to better deal with the stress of the day!
5. Find a co-worker with similar goals who will hold you accountable.
Pick a co-worker with healthy habits and ask them for some help. Or just find a lunchtime fitness buddy! Somebody who would work out with you or take a walk on your lunch break. Staying healthy at work is always easier when you have somebody to hold you accountable!