Friday, September 19, 2014

5 Hacks to A Healthier Office Life

With winter on the way, it seems like everyone is looking for tactics to stay healthy and keep off the pounds - office workers most of all. The sedentary work life of many Americans isn't always friendly to all those pumpkin pies and ginger cookies that are so hard to resist this time of year. Working with tons of other people, germs are pretty hard to resist too. That's why in today's article we're rounding off some clever office life hacks to help you stay in shape mentally and physically this year!

Eat Right

Eating right is the first step to a healthy, productive life in the office. Unfortunately, the fall and winter seasons are chock full of yummy hard-to-resist treats. From Halloween candy to Thanksgiving pies to Santa's Christmas cookies, office workers everywhere have got a big challenge ahead of them this season, and it all starts with eating the right things. Fat-free or skim milk smoothies, fruits, and veggies   are the office employee's arsenal to a healthier, more comfortable work life. Try to go for things like blueberries, walnuts, tomatoes, avocados, fish, and broccoli.

*Bonus Tip: Instead of throwing out the pumpkin guts from this year's jack-o'-lantern on Halloween, rinse and toast up the pumpkin seeds for yummy work snack. Just a handful can give you the daily recommended amount of zinc to enhance critical thinking skills and memory!

Add A Plant

Being trapped in an office without windows is like being trapped in a room with no oxygen - literally! What most people don't realize is that without healthy office air purifiers, by the end of the day, everyone is breathing an unhealthy amount of each other's carbon dioxide. Sounds gross, right? That's why it is never a bad idea to keep small plants around the cubicles and workstations for healthy breathing! Many universities and government agencies like NASA have done lots of studies to determine which plants are the most adept at reducing volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the air. Plants like peace lilies, spider plants, and lemon balms are all adept at removing indoor air toxins. With healthier air, office workers are focused, awake, and energized!

* Bonus Tip: According to, plants are also adept at preventing colds. Some good plants to help fight germs and cold symptoms include english ivy, heart-leaf philodendron, african violets, and dracaena.

Make Yourself Comfortable

Unfortunately, cookies and germs aren't the only heavyweights to box against in the colder months. Gray skies and cooler weather can also bring about aggravated health conditions along with the Monday blues. That's why it's so important to maximize workplace comfort and stay fit as much as possible. Shopping for discount ergonomic accessories such as dual screen monitor arms or retractable keyboard trays and implanting them into work life are great ways to keep the body healthy. Devices like these in conjunction with standing office desks, healthy chairs with ergonomic benefits, and plenty of "deskercise" help to boost muscles, increase comfort, and reduce common office aches.

Be Colorful

Fall is well known as the world's most colorful season, but did you know some colors can aid you in the workplace too? Studies have shown that some colors can influence human activity and behavior with prolonged exposure. For example, blue has been shown to increase productivity, making it the most common color for office environments, and green (currently the most popular color for interior design) is known to increase energy and release stress. Don't ever be afraid to decorate your cubicle, desk, or personal office in colors that speak to you. If the boss won't let you paint, shop colorful task chairs for your daily dose of visual vitamins!

* Here's a list of proven and suspected benefits from color exposure:

Blue - Studies show it to increase productivity. Currently the most popular decorating color for offices because of this. Represents calmness and stability
Green - Suspected to promote relaxed energy, improve focus, and reduce anxiety or stress.
Red - Energy promotion. Studies show prolonged exposure to red increases heart rates and breathing.
Orange - Associated with stimulation, encouragement, happiness and energy.
Purple - Associated with creativity.

Stay Clean

With October just around the corner, it's no surprise to start seeing the beauty of fall - pumpkins, spiced candles, autumn leaves, kleenex! That's right. Winter's on the way, and there's more than leaves in the air. As the seasons change, the colder air usually drives more people to stay indoors where close encounters of the germy kind are more likely to happen. If you want to avoid a runny nose this season, it's important to stay fastidiously clean, especially in the office. Computer mice, chair arms, retractable trays for keyboards, and door handles are all hot zones for germs in an office. Hand sanitizer, sanitary wipes, and conscious cleaning at the start and end of each work day are your tickets to a healthier office life. Stay clean!

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