Whether you like your job or not, there’s no avoiding the fact that it’s essential, and that you’re lucky to have it. It puts a roof over your head, food in your fridge, and pays for all those fun outings! However, there’s more to your work than just what you get paid each month. They affect our lives in different ways, too. For example, they can have a detrimental impact on our health and overall wellbeing. In this blog, we’re going to take a look at a few essential tips for keeping your health in tip-top condition while on the job.
Walking and Cycling
One of the biggest ways our jobs impact our health is that they require us to sit down all day. Though it’s presented as normal, it’s not really — our sedentary lifestyle would look very strange to our ancestors, and can have a negative and long-term impact on our overall health. As such, it’s important that you’re taking steps to get up and active throughout the day. This could involve cycling to work, parking a little further away and walking the rest of the way, or even running to work.
Get Up Throughout The Day
You spend eight hours of your life sleeping. And then you spend eight hours sitting at a desk, staring at a computer; it’s too much time sitting down. It’s really important that you get up throughout the day and go for walks, preferably outside. It’ll be even better if you can work up a sweat, but just walking will be better than nothing. And though the elevator to go up to the office will always be tempting, it’s best to take the steps: try to take two or three steps at a time to use some additional leg muscles.
On the Roads
Not everybody works in an office. There are many people who are employed by a company to transport goods from one point to another, or who are continually on the roads to go for meetings with suppliers and other companies. For these people, their work poses different threats. In the last 15 years, some 27,000 people died in work-related driving accidents. While maintaining your own high safety standards are important, your employee has responsibilities, too. For instance, they will have to provide you with a safe vehicle to use and also keep your driving hours to a minimum.
We all need little treats to get through the workday from time to time. But if it’s becoming a regular occurrence, then you could find that your health takes a dive: our bodies are not designed to eat junk every day. Look at switching out your less-than-healthy snacks for healthier options, such as apples.
Maintaining Your Mental Health
Finally, be sure to take steps to protect your mental health when you’re at home. If it feels like you’re working too much or you’re having problems with your coworkers, then take steps to correct these issues before they become problems.