Americans are spending more time at the office than ever. These days, 47 is the new 40, and we’re not talking ages, either – that’s hours per week at the office. Reduced headcount, ever-increasing demands for productivity, the fear of losing a job – these factors and more contribute to seemingly endless hours spent at work.
With all this time spent at your place of employment, it’s not a big surprise that the office is also where colds are caught, where fatigue sets in and where we open ourselves up to all sorts of maladies.
Three Effective Methods to Save Those Sick Days
So what’s the solution? We have a 3-pronged plan of attack to stay productive at the office. It’s not complicated, but it does take some common sense and discipline. To remain as healthy as possible in an office or cubicle environment, remember the three “A’s.” They are, in no particular order:
Activity – get up and move!
Avoid sickness and disease – smart techniques for avoiding illness.
“Apple a day” mentality – mind your nutritional habits.
Let’s examine each of these in detail.
The Lost Art of Office Activity
Brief bursts of physical activity – even for 5 or 10 minutes – have positive benefits for the body and mind. Recent studies have touted the positives of walking at lunchtime. Just some of these include less fatigue, better attitude and better posture. Even if you can’t walk outside, visit a co-worker on the other side of the building, or take the stairs instead of the elevator. It’s all about activity. Every extra step counts!
Another option is to try a standing cubicle. Prolonged sitting isn’t the healthiest activity around, and staying upright will improve your strength and flexibility with minimal effort.
Stay Out of the Sick Zone
Spend enough time around a sick family member, and you’re bound to catch whatever’s ailing them. Same thing happens at the office. And with workers coming to work sick more often than ever, it’s nearly impossible to remain healthy. But there are some common sense things you can do right away. For one, always wash your hands after using the restroom. Get a flu shot during the fall and winter. Keep tissues and disinfectant wipes handy. If you avoid the common pitfalls, you’re halfway home in terms of not getting sick at the office!
Eat Healthy, Stay Healthy
We’re not advocating you actually eat an apple a day at work. However, it pays to maintain at least semi-healthy eating habits at the office. Lunchtime at the modern American workplace has morphed into staring at the computer screen while devouring empty calories. Sure, there are the business lunches you can’t avoid, but that doesn’t mean you have to order the biggest item on the menu (unless you plan on eating half of it and saving the rest for later). Bring a salad and switch out your snacks for healthier options like vegetables and fruits (apple, anyone?). Turn the tables on typical office nutrition; use your time at the office to reinforce healthy eating instead of distorting it.
Despite your best efforts, trying to remain healthy at your office might not always work – and when that happens, visit our office! Actually, Urgent Care Extra features more than 40 walk-in clinics based throughout Arizona and Nevada. A full-service medical facility is just a short drive away – check out our clinic locations to find a UCE near you!
For more information about Urgent Care Extra and our growing network of walk-in immediate care centers, call us at (480) 988-9108. Thanks for visiting the UCE blog!