No matter how much you love your job, being sat at a desk for 8 hours a day, 5 days a week can take a toll on your body. Although this has long been the norm for most of us, it’s not the healthiest way to live. Taking into account poor office eating habits and lack of general movement during the day, you can easily find yourself gaining weight at work.
So, to prevent this happening, here are a few steps you can take to make to turn your workplace into a healthier, happier environment.
Drink more water
In the office, there’s a decent chance that you won’t get enough water either because you don’t take in enough liquid daily or because you substitute water with sugary drinks or lots of coffee. Staying well hydrated offers a wealth of benefits including boosting productivity and energy levels. Water also helps you to stay alert and refreshed, so try and take a walk to the water fountain as often as you can. You’ll kill two birds with one stone; staying hydrated and burning off a few calories.
Take the stairs
Yes, we’re in Dubai. Yes, your office is probably on the 39th floor, but just hear us out. Seven minutes of stair climbing a day can halve the risk of heart attack over 10 years, whilst climbing eight flights of stairs a day can lower the risk of early mortality by 33%. We’re not saying climb all 39 floors, but try taking the stairs up the first or last 4 floors and you’ll definitely start feeling the difference.
Get a meal plan
At Pura, we offer both home and office delivery for your personalised macronutrient meal plans. Whichever is more convenient for you, we’ll ensure you’re getting the right number of macros to reach your health and fitness goals. Not only will you be feeling and eating healthier, but you’ll make all your colleagues jealous with your great looking and even better tasting lunches!
Bring in your own food
Dubai is littered with hundreds of restaurants, whether you choose to go out for lunch or order in. We’re already well aware of the perils of daily fast food consumption, but this can also have a huge impact on your wallet. If you don’t have a meal plan, bring your own food in from home. Not only is this healthier than take out, but you’ll notice how much money you’re saving in the long run.
Opt for healthy snacks
It’s not uncommon for someone in the office to bring some treats in for everyone to enjoy, but just think about all that added sugar and those extra empty calories you really don’t need. Sure, you may have a sweet tooth, but there’s plenty of healthier options for you to choose from. From fruit, to protein bites, to nuts, there’s better choices which will definitely satisfy you and won’t derail your meal plan and goals.