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How to Have a Healthy Work Day

A desk job may not be very labor intensive or demand a lot of physical activity, but sitting in front of the computer eight hours a day, five days a week can turn out to be very tough on the health of an individual. However, it’s the New Year and it’s time to follow through on your resolutions.

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The hottest trend lately has been fitness, and while most of us have not been able to follow it routinely in the past, it is not too late to start the New Year with a resolution that is bound to make you healthier and fitter. For most people, keeping up with a healthy diet and a work-out routine on top of a hectic work week is a difficult thing to do. Here are a few tips on how you can work harder and not hurt yourself mentally or physically this year.

Start Your Day with a Dose of Health

Everyone knows how important a healthy breakfast is. However, only a handful of people eat a healthy breakfast, which includes a mix of protein, carbohydrates, fiber and good fats. Since you need the most energy in the morning, you have to make sure you get the right amount of carbohydrates to fuel your workday.

Turn Your Desk into a Ergonomic Workstation

While you may not feel it initially, sitting at a desk eight hours a day wreaks havoc on your back, wrists, neck and several other parts of the body if you’re not sitting in the correct position. Although a good office chair might prove to be a worthy investment in your quest to make your workstation more ergonomic, there are plenty of other ways that do not require any money. Most of these techniques involve positioning of the keyboard and mouse, and practicing a good posture.

Keep Moving

Good posture may help you, but you’re still sitting for a good eight hours. Taking frequent breaks helps avoid repetitive strain injuries (RSI). Take a five minute break for a small walk every couple of hours or more often. This will also help you freshen up and clear your mind of anything that’s overwhelming you.

Avoid Eyestrain

Staring at the computer screen for such a long time, every day, can cause long term vision issues in addition to headaches and eye pain by the time you get home. The break mentioned above will definitely help you combat this issue, but it is important for anyone working on a computer for so long to follow the 20-20-20 eye exercise to prevent digital eye strain. This exercise suggests that for every 20 minutes you are looking at a computer screen, you should take 20 seconds to look at something 20 feet away. If you think you’ll be too busy to remember this exercise every 20 minutes, you’re not alone: there are apps for this now.

Squeeze Some Exercise into Your Daily Routine

Not only does exercise help you stay physically fit, it also helps you get your mind off things that may be worrisome or stressful. Experts say physical activity, be it jogging, cycling, walking, yoga, or weight training, helps vent out frustration and anger in addition to helping you stay fit. It’s therapy for your mind and your body.