Stressed? Overworked? You might be engaging in a few bad workday habits that could be impeding your performance, happiness and even your health. Read on to learn how to nix three common bad workday habits.
- Lunch eating habits: Whether your habit is eating too much, eating unhealthy foods or skipping lunch all together, this bad workday habit has a large impact on your afternoon energy levels. In addition to overall health implications of bad eating habits, such behaviors cause unproductive behavior post lunch. To avoid the post-lunch slump, pack a lunch filled with whole foods such as whole grains, beans, legumes, fruits, and vegetables as well as lean protein. Proteins such as turkey, chicken, fish, and lean meat take longer to digest, which sustains your blood sugar level and keeps you from being hungry again soon after lunch. For healthier lunch recipes to keep you energized and productive all day, keep your eye out forrecipes on the HumanaVitality Tumblr blog.
- Sitting for eight hours or longer: You may be inactive for more of your workday than you realize. Do you sit in your car while commuting, only to sit at a computer all day, and then unwind in front of the TV? A sedentary lifestyle may put your health at risk. Long periods of physical inactivity may raise your risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and obesity. Stop sitting and take steps to become more physically active throughout the workday. Get in steps by taking short, quick walks around the office; instead of taking the elevator, take the stairs; and during your lunch break, take a walk around the neighborhood. Wear a tracking device, like a pedometer, to monitor your steps and keep yourself accountable for every step you take.
- Carrying an extra-heavy bag: Do you carry your laptop, chargers, notebooks, papers, shoes anda water bottle, daily? This habit of hauling your world with you on your back or shoulder can cause harm to your health. Carrying heavy bags can cause various long term effects like back pain, neck pain and poor posture. To avoid injury, do yourself a favor and empty that bag! If you just can’t avoid hauling a heavy load, use a rolling bag instead. Your back will thank you.
What are some bad habits at work you’d like to break? Speak your mind in the comments!
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