A new survey has reported that nearly half of us have gained at least 10 pounds since we took new jobs. WOW! What a scary finding!
Can you see why? We’re working more hours, and we have more work-related stress in general. How many of us DON’T take a lunch break? [I’m VERY guilty of that one] How often are we stress-eating?
And what happens when we get home? Family activities and needs, errands, childcare, eldercare, anyone-but-ourselves care.
So, let’s think about how we can clean up our health habits at work. We don’t necessarily need a workout facility where we work, but we DO need to be mindful [as always!] about what goes in our mouths, and how we move our bodies.
My sister recently suggested that I carry a pile of papers around the office – two laps a couple of times a day. People would think I was going to or coming from a meeting! What a great idea!
Reducing, or at least monitoring, food intake is important, too. And I’ve recently stopped packing snacks. I don’t seem to want them much anymore. But there are opportunities to get into snack trouble. Oh dear. They’re of the small-bag-of-chips variety, so that’s a problem for me. At least they’re off my usual routes!
Finding a safe place to walk. A number of people here walk around the parking lot, generally in small groups. Another good idea, even though it would REQUIRE taking a lunch break [see above!].
One thing that helped me in the past was making an appointment on my computer’s calendar. At the designated time, the reminder would pop up: TAKE A LAP AROUND THE OFFICE. It’s time to start this up again.
What else can we do? How can we combine working efficiently with effective weight management? Share your best tips – we can beat this!