5 Ways to Stay Fit in the Office

Sean Dailey, Ytel |  
Sit, slouch, squint, repeat - sounds like a normal day in the office, right? As harmless as these habits may seem, they can easily sum up and take a toll on our overall energy levels and potentially lead to larger negative health effects. Staying healthy with a 9-5 job may seem like a daunting task, but with these health tips and gadgets (we’re all about tech making life easier), you’ll be ready to master both the workload and the workout. Read on!

There's a myriad of reasons why working for a company that prioritizes good health and happiness is something that typical employees want out of their employer. Active, health-conscious employees not only take fewer sick days, but also bring energy and productivity to the workplace.

 

5 Ways to Stay Healthy and Fit in the Office:

There's a myriad of reasons why working for a company that prioritizes good health and happiness is something that typical employees want out of their employer. Active, health-conscious employees not only take fewer sick days, but also bring energy and productivity to the workplace.

1. Perfect your Posture

Find yourself looking more like the Hunchback of Notre Dame come two in the afternoon? Poor posture can end up putting more stress on certain muscles and joints, forcing them to overwork and fatigue.  In order for any work day to be successful, it all starts in how you set up your workspace! Check out these products to help fight the urge to slump over:

  • Correct the screen slouch with the Upright Go device that alerts you when your posture is falling flat. Train and strengthen the back muscles to work efficiently- you can even track your progress in an app!

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  • Tired of the regular old desk chair? Spice it up and challenge your core with the Balance Ball Chair.

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  • Or skip out on the chair entirely with a Stand-up Desk. Benefits of these bad boys include:
    • Improves longevity of your life (many cancers are linked to prolonged sitting)
    • Improves posture and core strength
    • Reduces eye strain
    • Burns calories (standing burns 50 more calories per hour than sitting!)

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  • For the ultimate challenge, pair up your standing desk with a Balance BoardAn unstable platform, similar to a skateboard, that allows for balance, stability training, and pure entertainment.

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2. Say So Long to Eye Strain:

Prevent eye strain and daily headaches by practicing the 20-20-20 rule. Every 20 minutes, look at something 20 feet away for 20 seconds. Give your eyes the break they deserve!

3. When in Doubt, Walk It Out:

Here at Ytel, many employees, including our CEO, love walking meetings! Not only do you get a breath of fresh air and change of pace, but even a few minutes of walking outside helps reduce stress and improve mood

4. Nail Down Nutrition:

No matter how busy you are, energy throughout the work day is crucial! 

  • Don't skip out on breakfast
  • Invest in convenient, grab-and-go healthy snacks
  • It's also recommended to avoid eating meals at your desk. Multitasking can lead to overeating and those extra unwanted pounds! To truly take a break, take your lunch outside and soak up some sun!

5. Be an H20 Pro:

You've always heard that staying hydrated is the healthy thing to do, but how much water should you actually be drinking per dayWhile the eight 8-ounce glasses a day rule is a great place to start, recent studies actual recommend the right amount depends on gender, age and weight.  In general, it's recommended that men should drink about 15.5 cups of water, while women should drink about 11.5 cups of water per day.

  • Reaching your hydration goals and keeping your water bottle full has never been easier with the Ozmo Active Smart Cup. This product tracks your water consumption throughout the day, alerts you when you need more, and even syncs with your FitBit or Apple Watch. 

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Workplace wellness continues to evolve and has become a huge selling factor for job candidates.

Have any tips that you've implemented in your workplace to encourage health and fitness? Share in the comments! We'd love to hear how you challenge your employees to stay active at work!

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About The Author

Sean Dailey, Ytel

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Sean leads the People, Culture, and Partnership efforts at Ytel. After almost 5 years of agency recruiting, Sean decided to move into an internal recruiting role, where he could have more of a direct effect on growth and people’s lives That’s when he met Ytel and the rest is history. Sean is a huge believer in culture, and puts an emphasis on people and building relationships.


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