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Physical Wellness and Nutrition in the Workplace

November 12, 2015

By Emma Swanson, Assistant Account Executive

Working in an agency setting, the apparent endless flow of client requests, team meetings and daily to-dos can make it easy to forget about life outside of the office between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Surprisingly, despite working in the healthcare communications field, it can also be easy to let personal health and wellness fall by the wayside when the next deadline is always steadily approaching.

Personally, after a long day at work, my couch is the only place I want to go, and when my day has been particularly challenging, I feel entitled to bring some chocolate there with me. Needless to say, work often gets in the way of maintaining a healthful diet and fitness routine.

Here are a few tips to help avoid the unhealthy habits often coming along with working in an office setting:

  1. Take a walk
    • A job in communications can demand a high level of mental energy and time, but it is often a fairly sedentary role. According to Johns Hopkins University, such inactivity can be a precursor for a number of serious health risks, like high blood pressure and heart disease. If you are someone who spends most of your day at a desk, try incorporating more physical activity into your day. If you can, try walking to work. Step away from your desk every hour to avoid sitting for several hours consecutively. Ask your management team about adding some standing desks to your office, like we have at Tonic, to give yourself a break from your desk chair.
  1. Pack a lunch
    • When your day is busy, grabbing something for lunch from the nearest restaurant, convenience store or vending machine can seem like the best option. However, as the CDC explains, if you plan ahead and cook your meals yourself, you’ll be more likely to choose the healthful meals that give you more energy in the long run. Stash some healthy snacks in your desk so that next time you’re craving an afternoon pick-me-up, you’ll be less likely to run to the vending machine for a candy bar.
  1. Participate in your workplace fitness program
    • It has become common these days for offices to host fitness programs, like team charity races, gym membership discounts or step competitions. Whatever the fitness program at your place of work, challenge yourself and your coworkers to get involved, setting goals and benchmarks for yourselves along the way. If there is a program you’d like to bring to your office, speak to your management team about doing it, like our Senior Media Relations Specialist, Kim Davidow, did when she began teaching yoga at Tonic after work!

While it’s easy to forego your workout or healthful meal after a difficult day, there are plenty of ways to incorporate healthy habits between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. What are some other tips for improving health and wellness in the workplace?