Follow These 5 Steps To Stay Healthy Despite A Hectic Work Schedule

Sitting at your workstation for long periods, without any break, can be detrimental to your health

Mohini Mehrotra Updated: May 20, 2020 20:16:15 IST
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The world of science has now officially declared that ‘sitting is the new smoking’—the ill-effects of a sedentary lifestyle are universally acknowledged. According to Harvard Health Publishing, “Habitual inactivity raises risks for obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, deep-vein thrombosis, and metabolic syndrome.” But what can the desk-bound do to stay healthy, you may ask.

Here are some easy ways to stay fit, at your desk in office or at home.

Posture is Everything

Whether you work remotely or in an office, make sure you maintain the right posture while working. What you need is an ergonomic workstation—your laptop/desktop must be placed at the correct height on a proper study desk and you should have an adjustable chair that offers good lumbar support.

If you are working remotely, you must be especially careful. Avoid working from the bed or sitting on the deceptively comfortable-looking recliner as these can be harmful for your back. Try to make some space in your home for a proper workstation. A correct posture not only reduces the risk of spinal injuries but also helps increase your productivity.

fitness2_042120080431.pngTake Breaks

A key to keeping fit, even with a hectic work schedule, is taking small breaks in between. You must make a conscious effort to get away from your workstation every now and then. Being stationary for a prolonged period is not good for your body.

Even small changes can make a huge difference. For example, instead of taking a phone call at your desk, walk and talk. Also, get your own coffee and fill your water bottle instead of asking someone else to do it for you.

Do Some Stretching

Doing simple exercises while working, such as neck rolls, shoulder rotation, side bends, ankle rotation and deep breathing, can go a long way in reducing muscle fatigue and work stress.

fitness1_042120080525.pngHydrate Yourself

Drink up to boost your metabolism and reduce daytime fatigue. On most occasions, you are so busy that you forget to drink enough water. If that’s the case, put a reminder on your phone. Keep a big water bottle and glass on your desk and sip some water every hour.

Don’t Eat at Your Desk

Whether you are working from home or in an office, never eat at your desk. Research done by the University of Surrey found that people who ate their lunch or dinner while distracted did tend to overeat. “Any form of distraction, including eating at our desks, can lead to weight gain,” said lead author Professor Jane Ogden.

Also, when you leave your desk to eat your meal in the cafeteria or your dining room, it offers you a change of scene, which refreshes your mind and body.

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