Tips for a Better Work-Health Balance

We’re a little over four months into the New Year. How are you doing with your New Year’s resolutions? Are you still hanging in there or have you completely given up and gone back to your old ways?

Earlier this year, we released the New Year’s Resolution Guide to Healthier Work. It can be difficult to get much of anything done when you’re constantly working eight hour days. It’s important to learn how to balance your worklife with your personal life and achieve a positive work-life balance. But, it’s just as important to attain a positive work-health balance.

Sitting down all day in front of a computer is not good for your body. People who have jobs where they sit all day have twice the rate of cardiovascular disease as people with standing jobs. That’s scary stuff. So as you continue to work towards your work-life balance, don’t forget about your health.

Here are a few tips that can help you get a little extra movement into your day.

Office Furniture
Since sitting for long periods of times tend to cause more health problems, try moving around a little. Innovative office furniture makes it possible to move around without interfering with your work.
Standing desks are adjustable and allow you to comfortably work either sitting or standing.
Treadmill desks allow you to workout at work. Attached to an actual treadmill, employees can walk as they work on their computers or attend conference calls.
Balance ball chairs provide a great solution for tightening your core while sitting.

Find a Workout Buddy
Getting fit with another person may be just what you need to prevent you from skipping your next workout. A little bit of friendly competition can help double your workout time and increase your motivation.

Schedule Your Workouts
Put your workouts in writing to hold yourself accountable. You already schedule your meetings and lunch breaks, so pencil in a couple of workouts.

Do You Telecommute?
As a teleworker, you usually have more free time. Eliminating a morning and evening commute makes it easier to schedule a workout or brisk walk during your day. Working from home also makes it easier to sneak in a couple of pushups and jumping jacks without getting awkward looks from colleagues.

If you’re looking for more ways to achieve your ideal work-health balance, make sure you take the time to download our free eBook: New Year’s Resolution Guide to Healthier Work.

About Lorna L.

Originally from Florida, Lorna moved to Atlanta to join the PGi team. In between trying to get used to Atlanta traffic and the crazy weather, she spends her free time playing with her dog, Mylo. Lorna enjoys writing about online collaboration tools and meeting tips.

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