May 31, 2016

Secrets to Staying Healthy at your Standing Desk

by TrueNorth Desks

Leading a healthy lifestyle is important. I think we all know the benefits of exercise, eating right, and getting enough sleep. But many of us are not very good at doing all of those things. If you spend your days working in an office, it may be even harder to live a healthy lifestyle. And what about when cold and flu season approaches? Even summer colds can get the best of us. So whether you need some tips on how to exercise at your standing desk, avoid cold germs, or keep some healthy snacks on hand, we at True North Desks are here to give you a little health boost.

Here are some tips that you can use at your stand up desk to stay fit and healthy this summer.

Avoiding illness

Let’s start with some tips on avoiding a summer cold or stomach bug. First, washing your hands is your body’s best defense against germs. Try to avoid any co-workers who are exhibiting signs of illness, like coughing, sneezing, nausea, etc. Use good manners, but remember to keep your wellness as a priority. Try to avoid those areas in the office that everyone seems to get their hands on. Printers, the coffee pot in the break room, and door knobs are just a few areas that you should avoid. If you can’t completely avoid them, like the door knobs, then just be sure to wash your hands during the day.

Keep the air around your standup desk clean and purified with indoor plants. Not only are they nice to look at, which just may improve your overall mood and attitude, but they can help keep the air around you clean. If you want one or two big plants, find nice planters and place them beside your standing desk. Hanging plants can also add some visual interest to your standing workstation.

Look away

Screen time is not the best thing for our eyes. Follow what many call the 20-20-20 rule which means every 20 minutes look away from your screen for 20 seconds at something that is 20 feet away. This little exercise can help you avoid fatigue. And even just 20 seconds looking away from a project or task may help you re-focus.

Healthy eating

When you work in an office, it can be easy to snack on the foods available in the break room or from a nearby vending machine. Or maybe your favorite coffee shop is right next door and you just can’t resist a mid-morning pastry. Instead of making those things your regular go-to snack, let those be a splurge snack once a week. Keep healthy options like fruit, nuts, and yogurt at your standing desk in order to avoid those sugar cravings during the day.

Get in your workout

This really may be the hardest thing for most people. Working at a desk all day can leave you feeling tired and run-down and definitely not motivated to hit the gym. Working out while at work is the best solution. Standing desks are ideal for some subtle office workouts. When you start to feel sluggish, take a walk around the office or down the street for a quick brainstorming session. When you have a meeting scheduled, suggest turning it into a walking meeting where you and your coworkers can get your blood flowing. There is no doubt that this will make your meetings more productive and leave you feeling healthier and more energized at the end of the day.
Standing desks are a vital component to a healthy work environment. Check out our brochure at True North Desks to see all of our standing desk styles.

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