This is a sponsored post and all opinions are my own.
How many of you struggle finding time to create a healthy environment around you? Between having an 8-5 job, a husband and two teenagers, with busy schedules as well, my day does not allow me to have “ME” time until after 9PM. Who wants to work out at 9PM? I do not, by then I am totally worn out. So, I was inspired by Sodexo, www.sodexo.com, to think out of the boy and create ways to improve health and wellness in the workplace.
I began observing my co-workers and analyzing the choices I was making while at the office. I work in a call center, at a financial institution. On average, I answer 60 calls per day. My job is to answer the phone when customers call. Yes, I am the person you talk to when you call your bank or credit union. The space around me is small, there is always noise, and we have small breaks in between calls. Pretty heck it!
I began making small changes, like packing my lunch. I figured out I was perfectly fine eating salads at lunch, I was not bored and it was tasty and satisfying. So, Sunday night I cook some chicken, portion it out and stored it in small, snack size plastic bags. I also cut my lettuce, and portion my cranberries, baked croutons, cheese and salad dressing. Then the next morning I pack my lunch box. I add either a banana or orange or a snack bar, I like Special K bars! That takes care of my eating at work.
Here are some ideas of things you can prepare ahead and take to work:
Now, the more challenging part of improving my health at work was adding some sort of physical activity. I mean after all, what can I do sitting at my desk while I stare at the computer and talk on the phone. I started searching the net, Pinterest and some health sites. To my surprised, there are so many things you can do to stay active while having such a sedentary work!!!
Here are some examples of things you can keep at work to help you improve your health and wellness:
- Keep a small set of weights at work, I started with 3-pounds weights.
- Ankle weights
- Elastic bands
Here are some examples of snacks you can keep in your drawer to keep you away from the unhealthy food at the vending machine:
- Granola Bars
- Dry Fruit
Now, let me show you how easy it is to incorporate some workouts at your office. Soon, you will start feeling more energized, and you will also see your co-workers doing the same exercises you do and creating new ones.
I also enjoy working out my legs, when you are sitting for long periods of time, circulation is not all there. I like to put the 3-pounds weight between my feet and I lift my legs up and down, 3-sets of 10 repetitions. Trust me, you will feel the burn! Here are some illustrations of ways you can tone your legs while working.
After doing some research I was pleased to learn that some companies are actually incorporating work stations that are exercise friendly and more companies are creating exercise equipment for the workplace. It was also good to know that companies are incorporating vending machines with healthier choices, such as apples, oranges, granola bars, peanuts, etc.
At the end of the day, you do not have to invest in any fancy equipment to get yourself moving at the workplace. Make simple changes, take the stairs instead of the elevator, drink more water, bring your lunch, avoid the vending machines, create a biggest loser challenge at work, stretch, be accountable. Keep track of the changes you are making, listen to your body, see if you can notice any changes in your health and wellness after incorporating healthy and wellness changes into your life. I know I can feel more energy, I am alert, I am saving money by not eating out and my water intake has improved tremendously.
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