In continuation of yesterday’s post about simple yoga stretches to do in the office, there are a few more non-yoga, but essential activities and helpful ideas that will help to keep your energy up and your body relaxed, focused and comfortable while in your work place. Whether you work from home, in an office, from your car, anywhere really, these tips will help to provide you a successful work day.
- Sleep: 7-9 hours per night on a regular schedule. Go to bed around the same time every night and wake up about the same time. You will feel refreshed each morning and your energy will flow throughout the day. If you can, try waking up without an alarm.
- Juice: if you don’t reach your fruit and/or vegetable intake per day (to know how many you should consume here’s a helpful guide brought to you by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention) it is so much easier to juice them and get the nutrients that way. Be sure to drink your juice as soon as possible otherwise it just becomes like sugar-water because the nutrients begin to break down pretty much right away. Lately, I have been combining (all organic) kale, carrots, apples sometimes kiwis and oranges. This photo, of one of my recent juices, is 2 large apples, 1 orange and 1 carrot (that’s all that was available that day). I love the color!
- Breathe: take a minute (more would be better, but I know that’s sometimes hard in a fast-paced office) to close your eyes and focus on nothing else but breathing (sometimes I have to seclude myself in the bathroom for this to actually happen). It will refocus your mind and bring some energy and relaxation to your body.
- Eat: natural, organic, healthy snacks between lunch and dinner to keep your energy up and help keep you feeling full. Some great examples are organic fruit, nuts and organic peanut butter and whole wheat crackers.
- Move: along with your regular work-out schedule, try to stand up and walk around the office more. Do not sit in your chair all day. If you can stand while typing, even better! Though, I will admit, I find this hard. Going to the gym in the morning or evening does not make up for sitting in a chair for the rest of the day. Wear comfy and supportive shoes and remain on your feet as much as possible.
- Sit in a chair that keeps your posture: I know I just mentioned that it’s better to move around during the day, and you should move around! But when you have to sit, invest in a balance ball chair (if your office will allow it). Balance balls strengthen your core and help your posture. They’re also pretty comfortable and give cushy support to your sit bones (or the ischial tuberosity in scientific terms). 🙂
- Stretch: stretching is so important to keep the blood flowing and keep your body from tensing up. Here are some helpful yoga stretches to do while sitting or standing in your office.
- Drink water: I keep an 18oz. mug on my desk and refill it about 3 times per day and then continue to drink water after I get home. Not only does water keep you hydrated but it removes toxins from the body and carries nutrients to the cells, all to keep you healthy and happy.
Follow these guidelines and you will maintain health, happiness and an open mind while working in your office, wherever that may be.