Most hard working, goal-driven, adults are stressed out! Yep – and it usually has something to do with work or school and the pressures associated with it. So, here are some tips to help you stay fit and healthy while away from home. After all, if you work so hard that you lose your health, what’s the point?
Every hour, if possible, get up and walk around. Grab a glass of water or a quick, healthy snack. While you’re up, apply a cool towel to your face, go outside and breathe in some fresh air, stretch and laugh. It will get your blood flowing again and clear your mind. When you return to your desk you’ll be ready to get back to business!
There’s nothing like getting up from your chair after a long day and finding that your knee is locked into place, you have an aching back and your left hand is asleep. Sit straight, put your feet flat on the floor, keep your head and neck in alignment – follow the rules of correct posture and your day will end on a much happier note.
Leave Your Work at Work
When you head home at night, try to switch gears. Begin thinking about what you’ll do at home, and what’s for dinner, stop thinking about tomorrow and all of it’s associated responsibilities – it will be here soon enough! You need a break, you’re a hard worker, and you deserve some time to wind down and get back in touch with yourself and your home life.
Eat Balanced and Healthy Meals and Snacks
If you treat your body well it will return the favor for years to come. All of us want to be healthy, but in today’s day and age it takes some work. So, focus on eating between five and thirteen fruits and vegetables a day. Use fresh fruit and raw veggies as snacks. Take along a plastic baggie of dried fruits and nuts for that afternoon fix. Make sure to eat breakfast – it will start your day off on the right foot and eat a light but nutritious lunch so as to ward off those 3 pm “crashes”.
You’ve heard it before, there’s nothing better for quenching a thirst than a tall, cold glass of water. Water makes up a large portion of the human body. It makes sense then that we need to replenish the water we use while breathing, eating, perspiring, thinking and in general – living! Drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses of water daily.
Get a Good Night’s Sleep
The human body needs time to recuperate from the daily stress we place on it. It does so at night, while we’re sleeping. Our organs are replenished with nutrients, our blood is cleansed and our minds are relaxed. Most adults need around eight hours of sleep, so book it into your schedule, just like you would an hour at the gym or an important meeting with a client. Don’t let anything get in the way of taking care of your own health!