And it is a good thing to receive wealth from God and the good health to enjoy it. To enjoy your work and accept your lot in life—this is indeed a gift from God. [20] God keeps such people so busy enjoying life that they take no time to brood over the past.

Ecclesiastes 5:19-20 (NLT)

Though working opens doors to all kinds of opportunities in life, make sure you don’t let it close the door to staying in shape!

It’s a challenge to stay healthy while working full-time. This is mostly due to lack of exercise, too much sitting down, and eating more because of stress. No matter where you are on the fitness spectrum, these 5 tips will help you become healthier (and happier) at work:

1.  Plan Your Snacks

Vending machines full of sodium and sugar-filled snacks can do some serious damage to your health and bank account. Pre-planning your snacks (from fresh fruit to mixed nuts) will help you make healthy choices and avoid impulsive buys. Implement these changes to boost your health—your body (and wallet) will thank you.

2.  Move to Improve

It’s amazing how little decisions can lead to big differences. It’s okay if you don’t have the time to devote hours to the gym every week. Just a few small changes to make fitness part of your work routine will go a long way.

Taking the stairs instead of using the elevator is a great way to increase your heart rate and raise your metabolic rate. Going for a quick walk outside will also promote your wellness at work. Taking these steps to greatness will lead to releasing endorphins, getting some vitamin D, and burning extra calories.

3.  Stay Fit When You Sit

If you’re looking for ways to exercise while at your desk, try doing some chair yoga. It’s a great way to elevate your fitness and focus in just two minutes. Another overlooked key to workplace wellness is good posture. Adjusting a few simple positions while you sit at your desk can lead to decreased back pain and stronger abdominal muscles. For more great information on improving your posture, check out this article.

Keep in mind, these steps will take some time and effort to become habits, but it will get easier as you go. If you stumble along the way, get right back in the fight. Doing your best to apply these tips will have you feeling good about yourself and enjoying your work more than before.

Josh Doña

Josh Doña

Josh is an avid healthy lifestyle enthusiast working towards his Ph.D in physical therapy. He's passionate about serving and is a die hard Spurs fan (for reasons we'll never fully understand).

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