All week we’re supporting the National Obesity Forum by raising awareness of JanUary 2016 #dosomethinggoodforU
The awareness campaign runs from 11th January to 17th January and you can use the following hashtag on Twitter and Facebook to interact with other people who want to #dosomethinggoodforU
We know how difficult it can be to stay healthy within an office environment; like most offices, there are many sugary temptations on offer and it’s far too easy to sit in front of a PC all day without taking adequate breaks.
We have listed 7 easy ways to be healthier in the work place. Perhaps attempt to do one or two of the seven ideas each day and by the end of the week chose which ones you would like to implement long term?
Things to do to keep healthy in the work place;
- Take hourly breaks – Every hour get up from your desk and go for a quick walk anywhere. This will keep you refreshed and your mind focused.
- Ditch the car – When possible, walk, bike, run to work. If you live too far away try parking far away from your work place and walking part of the way. Alternatively, get off the train/bus several stops early. (Remember to set off earlier :) )
- Go Nuts – Instead of keeping chocolate bars and biscuits in your desk drawer, try dry fruit or nuts.
- Drink more water – Get yourself a reusable water bottle and keep it on your desk. Make yourself drink at least one full bottle before lunch, and one full one before you go home at the end of the day. Drinking water will keep you fuller and less tempted to snack on empty calories.
- Just say no – Say, ‘No thanks’, to all the treats that get passed around the office. If you’re truly hungry, reach for a piece of fruit or even a glass of water.
- Stretch or move in place – Don’t have anywhere to go? Touch your toes, walk or march in place for a few minutes. This can be done in your lunch break.
- Load up on herbal teas – Brew rounds don’t always have to be for tea and coffee. Try herbal teas like; peppermint, green tea, berry fruits and lemon and ginger. The less sugar the better but many herbal/fruit teas may have other health benefits.
Regardless of current lifestyles we can all make small changes to be healthier – hopefully you have found the 7 ideas useful.
The National Obesity Forum specialise raising awareness about the effects of obesity and more information can be found here.
In the meantime, here are some facts we have found – some of which are quite startling.
5 interesting facts about obesity
- Studies show that a person has a much greater chance of becoming obese if he or she had a friend who became obese (a sibling or spouse both actually have less influence). Yet less than one in three respondents believe an obese friend can influence their weight. – http://www.healthywomen.org/content/blog-entry/shocking-obesity-facts
- There are 1 billion overweight and obese people in the world. 155 million of them are children. – http://www.mendcentral.org/aboutobesity/factsnfigures
- The government predicts that 60% of men, 50% of women and 25% of children in Britain will be obese by 2050. – http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/0/21702372
- Overweight and obesity are the fifth leading risk for global deaths. At least 2.8 million adults die each year as a result of being overweight or obese. http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs311/en/
- Today, more people worldwide suffer from obesity (1.3 billion) than hunger (900 million). – https://twitter.com/googlefacts/status/493757996066177024
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