1. STAND UP
Standing up burns 40% more calories, alleviates back pain, reduces your risk of weight gain and heart disease. According to a study, people who sit for more than six hours a day have a 37 % higher mortality risk compared to people who sit for under three hours a day. If you don’t already have one, try to find a desk with adjustable height and aim to stand up as much as possible.
2. PROTEIN-RICH SNACKS
When that afternoon slump hits you it’s easy to reach for whatever is closest to boost your energy, which let’s be honest, is usually sugar. Ward off hunger and beat the afternoon cravings with protein rich snacks that balance blood sugar and provide you with long lasting fullness and energy. Nuts, hummus and veggies or a smoothie with a scoop of Wellness Protein Blend are good options!
3. SUPPORT BRAIN FUNCTION
Keeping your brain healthy may not be on your priority list, but it should be! A lack of physical activity can contribute to depression, memory problems and poor cognitive ability. To avoid these problems, invest in a high performing Omega 3-supplement that boosts brain function, improves mental performance and reduces signs of depression. Omega 3 also reduces the risk of heart disease, obesity and diabetes. If you have to pick one supplement, this is the one!
4. STRETCH YOUR BODY
When you sit (or hopefully, stand) at your desk all day you may experience aches and tension in your body from keeping still. Be nice to your body and take breaks to stretch and move a little to improve circulation and allow fresh oxygen delivery to the brain. Stretching improves energy, productivity and reduces stiffness, pain and joint degeneration. Do you like yoga? Desk yoga is totally a thing!
5. VITAMIN D
Find it difficult to get enough of the sunny vitamin? You’re not alone. More indoor jobs and meticulous SPF-use is causing an epidemic of Vitamin D-deficiency. Vitamin D is important for proper immune function, supporting bone health and preventing depression. To obtain enough Vitamin D from the sun, large areas of your skin need to be exposed to sunlight for at least 15 minutes between 11am and 3pm, which can be difficult to manage if you work a desk job. The easiest way fix this is making a Vitamin D supplement a part of your daily regime!