Remaining Healthy at Work
In my last Blog, I talked about the efficiency of time and transforming your working week into a well-oiled machine. I haven’t strayed far from that pledge in this blog where my focus is how to remain healthy and operate at your peak during your working week. ‘Cause let’s face it, you absolutely need fuel for the fire no matter how busy you are !!
It’s a little about mindfulness and memory, a touch of staying on track, a sprinkling of being organised and a whole lot of making it routine! We’re a nation of jugglers – work, kids, new opportunities, the unexpected events etc., These are often the priority and our health becomes secondary. It’s so easy to duck out to the nearest takeaway and order the quickest and easiest thing to eat (or even just a coffee as if that will fill you !?), then race back to work and keep going. Guaranteed once the evening comes, you’ll be so tired and likely head for that takeaway option again. It will satisfy the hunger but eventually it takes its toll on your health.
Recently my husband and I completed the Big Heart Hike for Henry, a total of 28.3kms, knocking a massive 60 minutes off our time from last year. This year I have worked hard to be fitter and stronger and I am so proud of myself.
I believe that even the busiest workaholics can have a healthier day just by integrating some simple tips while you’re powering through your day.
1. Make Breakfast a Simple Priority
Mornings are hard, I get it. You’re rushing against the clock, especially if you’re feeding a family and organising kids for school. Breakfast is pretty crucial in kick-starting the body. Keep it simple with yoghurt and fruit if you’re on the go, or have frozen fruit ready to add to a smoothie with some coconut water. A quick toastie or a porridge bowl with fruit and honey will fill the gap too.
2. Keep it simple
None of us have Martha Stewart living with us so keep it simple and to your level of cooking. There are so many grab and go fruit and nut options now readily available and in multi-packs. Same goes for fresh salads. Meal-plan and have a cook-up day. I promise you’ll love yourself for being so organised!
3. Water, Water Glorious Water
Coffee is definitely the social height of morning routines for most whether it’s at home or at your fave local. But, drinking water whether you like it or not is truly an integral part of good health. If you have the time in the mornings, squeezing some lemon or lime into some warm water is gold for your immune system, it hydrates, aids your digestion and strengthens the brain, not to mention relieves stress with vitamin C and gives your body the best kick start. Get your hydration-station set up ASAP!
4. Try eating at the same times every day
This is all about routine again. If you have a specific time and routine for eating, you’ll be prepared, make healthier choices rather than rushing through a meal. Then when those exciting lunch dates come up you’ll enjoy them a whole lot more with more freedom in your choices.
5. Eat Mindfully
Be mindful when you’re eating. Don’t multi-task and be shoving down food while you’re tapping away at your computer. When you eat mindfully, you’re putting your mind to your food as you would work. Step away from work, slow down and enjoy and taste every bite.
6. Lunch Dates
Distracted eating can be quite bad for us, but eating in a social scene certainly has it’s benefits. Lunch meetings can sometimes force us to have a decent meal at this time of day. It’s great to get offsite, network, get out with colleagues and get some fresh air.
7. Make family dinners a priority
This meal is really important for families. Try to be present for this time to share a meal with your household. If you’re single, make dates with friends where you enjoy a healthy meal and banter. This is all about maintaining a healthy work-life balance.
8. Limit Alcohol
It’s so tempting I know. You’ve just finished a hard day of deadlines and you’d love to hit happy hour! While the occasional drink or two is fine it’s important to have alcohol in moderation, especially if your daytime meal options are severely lacking in nutrition.