Working behind the desk for 40 hours a week can put quite a strain on both your mental and physical health. Therefore it is important to ensure that we do our part on a daily basis to mind ourselves. We have come up with five easy things you can do/eat at your desk to ensure healthy body & healthy mind. There’s also a little surprise at the end – keep on reading, it’ll be worth it!
One of the main ways (and most obvious ways) is to drink plenty of fluids to keep yourself hydrated. For years I was convinced that the more water I drank the better for my body, however this is not the case. Your maximum daily intake of water should be 2 Liters; anything above that makes your kidneys be overworked and in the long run you can do some serious damage to them. After one of my recent GP visits I was informed that water does not actually keep you hydrated (well it does but very short term) and that drinking juices, yogurts and fruit compotes will keep your body sufficiently hydrated for the day.
*** TIP *** First thing, each morning drink one glass of hot water with squeezed lemon juice for a healthy glowing skin!
Taking regular brakes away from the desk to stretch your legs is a good way to let your brain relax for couple of minutes. It’s a proven fact that at any given time your brain can fully concentrate on task at hand for no longer than 45 minutes. (It’s also proven that once interrupted it can take up to 25 minutes to get back to task at hand). Getting up and away from the desk is the perfect excuse to keep your body relaxed too.
Avoid chewing gum / eating sweets – These types of saturated sugars do absolutely nothing for your nutrition, they also damage your enamel. Chewing gum for long periods of time also increase your appetite, which leads to weight gain if you’re not an active type of person.
Healthy snacks are key to stay concentrated. Keep your snacks within your reach while you work – the likes of nuts and seeds have plenty of minerals, while banana is known to be one of the most filling fruit. Try and avoid snacking on citrus fruits as they create acid in your stomach which can lead to heartburn or indigestion.
Natural sugars and its intake is essential to keep you energized and on top of your game. (Also, you can see our recent post on ‘How To Stay on Top of Your Game’ here.) Plenty energy drinks offer natural sugars such as glucose – Lucozade is one of the main ones, however I personally prefer snacks to drinks. Some of those snacks include Nutrigrain Bars, Protein Bars and Dark Chocolate. Our go-to healthy snack with plenty of nutrients and sugars are Our Energy Bites. We like to think of ourselves as the ultimate team players therefore we decided we will share the recipe for Our Energy Bites below. We hope you enjoy them as much as we do!
Until Next Time,
Joanna & Warren