First and foremost, eat breakfast and make it a healthy one! Not only is it the “most important meal of the day,” but it will help you pass up the donuts and bagels when you get to the office.
Bring your own lunch. In doing so, you will know exactly what you are eating and won’t overindulge like you would if you go out to lunch, as restaurants often serve giant-sized meals packed with a LOT of calories and unhealthy ingredients. This will also save you a good amount of money in the long run if you bring your lunch most days.
Avoid the vending machine and the special treats that coworkers may bring in. They may taste good at the moment but may lead you feeling sluggish later on.
Drink lots of water! Water helps curb cravings for other unhealthy sugary drinks and snacks, and it’s essential to stay hydrated all day long.
Don’t drink sodas or other drinks that contain a lot of sugar. These work like other sugary snacks and are loaded with lots of empty calories. Coffee is fine to drink as long as you don’t go overboard with it and you aren’t adding extra calories by what you are putting in your coffee.
Move throughout the day as much as you can. Use the stairs instead of the elevator; stand up while talking to a customer on the phone, and walk to the copier or to deliver a message to a coworker instead of sending an email.
Make it a point to walk outside on your lunch hour. This will be easier to do when you pack your own lunch as well. Also stand when you can, and stretch your neck and shoulders often.
When you are not working, try to be as active as possible, perhaps going to a gym before or right after work. Take walks in a park or at a museum in your free time. Take time to enjoy nature and the outdoors whenever possible. Consider doing yoga or meditation.
Getting enough sleep is not only essential for working in an office but also for everyday life! Sleep helps you to feel better overall and helps with clear thinking.
And finally, put some happy and inspirational sayings and/or pictures in your office space. This will give you inspiration throughout your day and help remind you to practice good, healthy habits!