Do you find it a challenge to sit all day at work and motivate yourself to move more? Join author Lauren Delaney as she shares “Top Tips for Healthy Cube Living.”
Written by Lauren Delaney
As someone who has worked in Corporate America since graduating college I recognize how hard it can be to stay on the path to healthy. All of those jokes about birthday cakes and candy dishes are 100% true. Plus, it’s a challenge to sit all day and motivate yourself to move more. And the cafeteria? It’s hard sometimes to choose the salad bar when the pizza looks so much better or the yogurt and fruit when a bagel and cream cheese seems to be calling your name. Below are a few guidelines that come to my aid time and time again.
- 1. Pack a lunch – This is a big one. Packing a lunch not only saves a lot of money, but it helps to take a lot of decision making out of your mid-day meal. Having a health meal on hand alleviates going to the cafeteria or venturing out of your building. It’s hard to make good choices when you are starving from waiting on line.
- 2. Stay hydrated – Drinking enough water is so important. We’ve all heard this one before but it’s true. A lot of times when you feel hungry or think you need a vending machine snack you are really just thirsty. If you get bored with plain water add some fruit like lemon, lime or strawberries. Or have herbal tea that is caffeine free when you feel you are hitting a mid-afternoon slump. Sometimes a little flavor can work wonders.
- 3. Emergency snacks – Bring a few snacks to work and keep them in your desk drawer. It’s important to anticipate that you will get hungry at some point and need a little something to get through the afternoon. Good choices include low-fat cheese, fruit, veggies and hummus and Greek yogurt. Snacks like trail mix, nuts, crackers and some nut butters do not need to be refrigerated.
- 4. Move When Possible – It’s hard but try not to stay glued to your seat. Get up to talk to a co-worker rather than emailing. I try to get up once an hour just to move a bit even if it’s just to get some more water or pick up copies from the printer.
- 5. Investigate Options – Depending on your work environment a stability ball could replace your chair and there are also some very cool standing desk options available now that could be a great alternative. Talk to your boss or look around to see if this is a possibility.
Identity Magazine is all about empowering women to get all A’s in the game of life – Accept. Appreciate. Achieve.™ Every contributor and expert answer the Identity 5 questions in keeping with our theme. As a team, we hope to inspire and motivate ourselves and inspire you to get all A’s.
What have you accepted in your life that took time, physically or mentally?
Patience – and I am still working on it!
What do you appreciate about yourself and within your life?
Accepting that not being perfect is ok.
What is one of your most rewarding achievements in life? What goals do you still have?
A successful career in marketing. I would love to own my own company eventually.
What is your not-so-perfect way? What imperfections and quirks create your Identity?
I tend to be obsessive and a perfectionist, but I’ve learned to let things unfold a little more as I’m getting older.
How would you complete the phrase “I Love My…?”
I love my determination and resourcefulness. It’s come to my rescue many times!