FOOD & FITNESS / JUN. 24, 2014
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How to Improve Your Health at Work

Countless hours and years of burning the midnight finally caught up to you, eh?

So now you're sitting in front of your computer--maybe even at work in your cubicle--reading this article because... Well, frankly you're sick and tired of feeling sick and tired.

Many people like yourself are also going through the same literal aches and pains of busting your hump for "the man". But do you know how deep the figurative rabbit hole of "unhealth" really goes?

According to research, people spending a lot of time sitting on their tuckuses have a 68% higher risk of becoming overweight or obese. A 47% higher risk of depression. And a 49% increased likelihood to die from any cause than those with an active daily lifestyle.

Yowzas... That's pretty freaking serious!

So let's work on getting your health up to par and avoid an early visit from the grim reaper.

Just a few things you can do--even while you're working.

Be Self Aware. Listen to your body.

This might seem like a "no-duh" moment. But you'd be surprised by how many people get so caught up in their work and meeting those hair-raising deadlines. They often become def to their own body's desperate cries for a breather.

So lend a concerned ear. Know your limits and act accordingly to keep yourself right.

Hydrate More Than Aquaman.

Ok. Maybe not THAT much. But you should be drinking an adequate amount of water.

Ever feel that infamous 3 o'clock lull while at work? Yeah, that hits most people. And the culprit for that feeling is dehydration.

How much is an adequate amount to drink? Well, between eight to ten glasses a day. Additionally, you should also look into supplementary sources of hydration.

Dang, that was wordy.

But really. Oranges, grapefruit, grapes, watermelon, and apples do wonders for your health and hydration.

Pump iron... Or just go for a walk. That works too.

Yeah, yeah. You don't want to look silly. But remember, you're doing this for your health. Forget about what anyone else might think.

This isn't high school anymore.

So go for a walk during your lunch break. You'll simultaneously burn calories, de-stress and refresh.

If you can step out during lunch, grab a partner. Having someone there with you gives that extra push we all occasionally--or frequently--need.

Get gadgets for that pain the neck!

And that pain has a name too. Specifically Tension Neck Syndrome (TNS). This little booger rears its ugly head after lengthy periods of having your neck and upper shoulders held rigid in awkward positions. It's very common among people who spend loads of time on the phone for a living.

One way to work on this issue is to mix it up a little. Make sure your neck isn't tilted to the side for too long. Stretch it out with some neck rolls--they feel amazing.

As for the gadgets. I encourage you to use a shoulder cradle, headset or...a speakerphone whenever you're busting out those calls.

An arms-length away from rested eyes.

Your head pounds like the galloping of a thousand steeds. Focus fades from the reaches of your mind... And light burns your eyes like some contemptuous fire.

Imagery aside. Sitting in front of a computer for too long sucks. And those things I so eloquently described for you are symptoms of prolonged usage.

Avoid this problem easily. Just make sure the distance from the screen to your eyes is an arms-length. Also, make sure you can read what's on the screen. If you can't, just increase the font and save your eyes some trouble.

Germs are evil. KILL THEM!

Countless hours and years of burning the midnight finally caught up to you, eh?

So now you're sitting in front of your computer--maybe even at work in your cubicle--reading this article because... Well, frankly you're sick and tired of feeling sick and tired.

Many people like yourself are also going through the same literal aches and pains of busting your hump for "the man". But do you know how deep the figurative rabbit hole of "unhealth" really goes?

And that's it, people. Follow these few simple steps and you'll notice the difference in no time. After all, ain't nobody got time for being unhealthy.

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