Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Staying Healthy At The Office

Staying Healthy at the Office

Fortunately, I never experienced the "freshman 15" however I've become too familiar with another phenomenon I'll call the "working girl weight gain". If you work at an office or have a desk you job you know exactly what I'm talking about. I love reading other blogger's post their "day in the life" posts however I laugh when I think of what mine would be like. Hours 1-8 would consists of me in the same position at my desk staring at a computer with the occasional rendezvous to get coffee. The incredibly sedentary routine that many office environments have is not good for our waistlines (or probably sanity). So, until I can convince my boss to get me a walking treadmill desk I'll be sticking to these tactics! 

Snack Drawer

If your office is like mine it's always someone's birthday or holiday and there are ALWAYS cupcakes, doughnuts, and other treats being brought in and leading to temptation. I would be lying if I said I never indulged in these but it makes it much easier to walk past that day old doughnut that's in the office kitchen that you want just out of boredom when you have healthy snacks accessible.
Staying Healthy at the Office
This is what's currently in my snack drawer (yes, I eat the pb with just a spoon). I also keep iced coffee, yogurt, and the like in our office kitchen refrigerator. 

Bring your lunch

There's no denying that work days are long and you're counting down every minute to lunch so you can bust out those doors. Going out for lunch with co-workers is always a good time but it can really add up in terms of calories and money! Desk lunches are sad and nobody wants to feel left out when everyone is off to lunch and you're left alone with your brown bag. Make a pact with co-workers to bring your lunch at least a few days a week. You can still enjoy the social aspects of lunch without going out by eating outside at a nearby bench or park or congregating in a break room. I like this Lunch Bag to tote my lunch and snacks in everyday.   

Get Out of that Chair!

Without making an effort to get off my butt I could probably sit it my chair for 90% of the work day and only get up for certain tasks and restroom breaks. What good does it do to work out for an hour each day when you spend 8 or more hours a day just sitting? Not much..and probably why this country has such a weight problem. A friend gave me this tip and I've loved it ever since---set your phone alarm for 20 minutes and get up and walk every time it goes off. Any little bit counts--go down the hall, take a lap around the office, walk outside during part of your lunch/break, take the stairs instead of elevator. 

Drink up

We all know the benefits of drinking plenty of water (read more here). I get the majority of my ounces for the day in during work because I always have a bottle next to me. Bring your own bottles or drain take advantage of the water cooler like I do! You'll not only have more energy but it will also keep you full and less likely to snack out of boredom. 


I'd love to hear tips from you about how you stay on track while working your desk job!


39 comments:

  1. I use the 20 minute rule, too!

    And YES to the snack drawer! It is so important to have good snacks on hand --- and water!

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  2. When I worked in an office, I did all these things too! These are all great tips! The snack drawer saved me many times. I'd keep a couple of apples and bananas in there, along with crackers, snap pea crisps, and bottled waters (just in case).

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    1. I love keeping bananas around and of course spreading on some pb!

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  3. I can relate 100% I actually lost a lot of weight in college. Upon entrance in the corporate world, I experienced the working girl weight gain. I've had to turned down a lot of work-birthday party pizza slices, donuts, and munchkins. I could definitely increase my water intake. Thanks for the awesome advice!

    Happy Tuesday
    http://www.lovecompassionatelee.com/thinkoutloud/

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    1. You're so welcome! So many sweets float around! I try to only indulge in ones that I REALLY want like cupcakes :)

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  4. Working girl weight gain, truth! I never get up and walk. It's so bad. I really should start doing that, or at least going outside during lunch and walking.

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  5. Yes, yes, yes! I do all these things and it helps so much in fact I'm on a walk right now writing this comment! Have a wonderful day!

    livingoncloudandreanine.blospot.com

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    1. I often find myself just walking in circles but it adds up ha!

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  6. Great tips! I have a snack drawer, a fruit bowl that I try to keep full, a water bottle that I drink from, and I try to take the 15 flights of stairs occasionally on breaks.

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  7. Your blog design is too cute! And I totally agree that meal prep, having healthy snacks on hand and generally making the effort at work is key to keeping it together!

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  8. These are great tips. I love the idea about setting your alarm every 20 minutes. I try to "remember" to get up but we all know how well that goes during the day... :)

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    1. It's so hard! The alarm can get annoying after a while but I try to keep it going

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  9. I need to get a healthy snack drawer ASAP!

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  10. I utilize my two 15 minute breaks to the fullest! Power walking. Love love love these suggestions. Keep up the good stuff, Brittany!

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    1. Thanks Tab! We should start walking outside during breaks!

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  11. These are great ideas! I'm at my standing desk as I write this :)

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  12. SUCH a good post/reminder!!! Working girl weight gain is SO real! I'm like you that it would be easy to sit for the majority of my day and hardly ever get up- but since getting a fitbit, it really opened my eyes to how inactive I was at the office. I definitely try to up my steps every day (well, now that I'm finally off crutches that is!) I see where I'm at step-wise at 9am and then kinda mentally keep track of where I need to be on steps within an hour, so on. It helps!

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  13. I am no stranger to the working girl 15! I can't ever resist those day old donuts. Ha!

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    1. You're telling me! Sometimes that is all there is to look forward to during work haha

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  14. Great tips Brittany!! I'm getting better at being sure to pack lunches but I need to hit the grocery store for some healthy snacks to keep at my desk as well.

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  15. Great ideas! I work a 9-5 desk job too. I just recently found Boom Chick A Pop healthy popcorn that comes in aconvenient snack size!

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    1. Thanks I will have to try that I love popcorn!

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  16. Great tips!! That is my biggest complaint about my job is that it involves me sitting at a computer all day!

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    1. I hear you sister! I feel like I'll go blind some days

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  17. These are great tips. I LOVE the idea of a walking treadmill desk; genius. Let's definitely make that happen. Having snacks for me (everywhere I go, not just work) is a BIG one, and drinking water is a must. Great post lady.

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  18. Great post! I am SO thankful that my office doesn't really have food days or other celebratory times where food is involved. I hate sitting but forcing myself to get up & move is hard! I need to set an alarm or something so that I move around more than once an hour...

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  19. These are really great tips! I need to get better about tracking my water intake during the day, but I'm pretty good about brown-bagging it and squeezing in a few mini walks. My office is also very celebratory, so I can relate to always seeing those tempting sugary sweets around!

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  20. These are great tips! I have a snack drawer too :) I had my desk raised so I can switch between sitting and standing throughout the day which is helpful. Bringing in lunch is good but there have been days where my coworkers and I bring our food in and end up going to the cafeteria to get something else!

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  21. These are great tips! I work from home, and even though I squeeze in activities and errands with the kids and a workout, I am still sitting most of the day. I always try to sit on a workout ball instead of a chair and definitely get up to walk!

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  22. Oh, man I feel this! I need to be better about getting up and away from my desk during the day. Sometimes I never leave my computer all day! Must walk more during working hours. And that snack drawer is enviable!

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  23. I like the idea of a healthy snack drawer to help you look past the free cake and cupcakes!

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  24. I definitely need to work on some of these even though we work out of our home. Jacob is constantly telling me how I need to get out of my chair and walk around every 20 minutes, but I just get so in the zone. Then by the end of the night my back and whole body is killing me. :P

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  25. I always try to take the long route to the bathroom since I swear I got 15 times a day hahaha

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  26. I bring my lunch every day and it helps so much! I am a fan of the snack drawer too, they are necessary!

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  27. Love the snack drawer idea!!!

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  28. Great tips, especially setting your alarm! I used to wear an UP24 that would vibrate if I didn't get up and move every 30-45 minutes, and now that I've switched to a FitBit, I miss that feature! I'm all about keeping a giant water bottle on my desk, too.

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  29. Love these ideas! I just recently discovered the Kind granola clusters and I love the raspberry ones. I've started putting them on greek yogurt and it's a delicious combination.
    I've also found that having a Fitbit has helped me remember to get up and move. Nothing like a short walk around the office building to up my step count for the day. =)

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  30. i need to be better about healthy snacks in my drawer. I love getting up every now and again and stretching. Ive been thinking about doing pushups in my office, but I have a few windows people can see into.

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