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5 Ways to Stay Healthy at the Office - Carol Evenson - Blog

5 Ways to Stay Healthy at the Office

Modern health can be somewhat lacking, especially for those who work inactive jobs like office work. That kind of work means a minimum of 8 hours per day almost exclusively sitting in place, and that can be disastrous for your health. However, employees and employers alike can make changes to make office workers much more healthy. Here’s how you can do just that.


At the end of the day, diet and exercise remain the primary means of keeping the body healthy. While those with a busy schedule may not feel as though they have the time to workout and eat healthier foods, this just isn’t the case. Meal prep is a potent means of reducing the overall cook time for a given week by piling all of your cooking into one big session on your day off. Time is saved by cooking a smaller number of dishes in abundance, but it can also completely eliminate daily cooking if done properly. Dietary supplements can offer the quickness and convenience of processed foods, but with your health at the forefront of their design.


The most prominent way that an office job can negatively impact your health is the prolonged periods of motionlessness that the work entails. This means that staying active in your leisure time is key, but time is a constant concern once you’ve put in a full day of work. The 7 minute workout is as compact as the name would imply, however, meaning that it can slot neatly into any schedule. Around the office, you can also benefit tremendously from switching to a standing desk, albeit only with approval from your boss in most cases. On top of that, there are also desks that allow for adjustable height, meaning that you can alternate between sitting and standing at the same desk, which provides the best of both worlds.

Essential Oils

Essential oils are held in high regard for their ability to soothe. For example, Young Living Essential Oils can revitalize you as they are diffused into the air you breathe. Consider bringing an essential oils diffuser into your home, but your company may be open to the idea of installing one at the office so that the company as a whole can benefit from the mental health benefits of aromatherapy.


Sleeping plays an important role in terms of your health, often in surprising ways. Despite the importance of it, many people sacrifice a good night’s rest to burn the candle at both ends, either to simply get more done or to relax after a hard day’s work. This can be disastrous, as it diminishes your ability to stay productive at work, to recuperate from the previous day’s exercise, and to maintain good mental health. The medical recommendation is that you get 9 hours of sleep, but 7 or 8 hours will do. Getting less than 6 hours of sleep will show immediate signs of sleep deprivation, however. More important than the amount of sleep you get is the restfulness of that sleep, and getting a solid night of sleep boils down to two primary factors. Establishing a sleep schedule will give your body the time it needs to get tired enough to sleep soundly, and exercise will have a similar effect. In either case, you’re not trying to force sleep when your body simply isn’t ready.


Hobbies are a great way to accomplish many things. Engaging with something in free time is a powerful way to improve mental health by keeping yourself interested and your mind active. An active hobby can help making exercise fun, which has profound fitness advantages. Having something in your free time that you can invest yourself into will enrich your life and make your work life better.


Staying healthy while working an office job is tricky. It’s not impossible, but it takes a certain set of knowledge and, more importantly, willpower. Using these tips, you are prepared to make the necessary changes to live a healthier lifestyle.

Publish Date: September 10, 2020 9:34 PM

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