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5 Unhealthy Habits to Break at Work

August 17, 2016

We are creatures of habit. When we’re at work, we sometimes develop unhealthy habits that can harm our health and productivity. Here are the most common unhealthy work habits and how to break them:

Sitting All Day

Working at a desk all day can be hard on your body—especially if you’re in the habit of powering though your day without taking the time to get up from your desk. Failure to get up and move throughout the work day can cause high blood pressure, excess body fat, and cardiovascular disease.

To break this habit:bread-1053591_640

  • Do some exercises and stretches at your desk to help alleviate tension
  • Talk to your employer about investing in standing desks
  • Set a timer to remind you to get up and walk around about every hour

Slumping

Slumping weakens your core muscles and not only causes back pain, but other physical and mental side effects as well. Slumping increases stress and depression, prevents you from breathing correctly, and makes you look and feel less confident.

Be aware of your posture when sitting at your desk and sit correctly by resting your feet flat on the floor, with your back straight and arms at a 90 degree angle

Soon enough, you’ll be strengthening your core and looking more confident.

Crossing Your Legs

While a comfortable sitting position for some people, crossing your legs can be detrimental to your health. When you cross your legs you’re putting pressure on the veins, which can damage or weaken them. It can also lead to neck and back pain and mess with the muscles and nerves in your feet.

The simplest way to break this habit is to:

  • Keep your feet flat on the ground
  • Take notice of what triggered you to begin crossing your legs (recognizing the trigger will help you take action to prevent leg crossing in the future)

Mindless Snacking

Need at three o’clock pick me up or just a way to help your de-stress? You may be tempted to reach for a candy bar or other unhealthy snack to munch on to energize you for the remainder of the work day, but all of those calories add up. Here’s how to keep snacks from getting out of hand:

Working through Lunch

Crunched for time to get that proposal finished? You’re probably thinking that you’ll just work through your lunch break—which is a bad idea. By working through lunch, your health and creativity takes a hit since you’re staying in the same environment for hours on end, making your feel burned out.

  • Take advantage of your lunch break to relax and focus on something else besides work
  • Go to lunch with coworkers to socialize and create a healthy, fun lunch environment.

Not only will you feel better, but it will give your energy a boost and help you concentrate when you get back to work.

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