No matter what your job, it can be difficult to stay healthy at work. Whether this is because you are working outside all day or because you are stuck working at a desk from 9-5, each role brings its own health risks with it.

Investing in a health insurance policy will help to cover you against any health issues you may face in the future because of your job. However, there’s also plenty you can do every day to try and stay healthy while at work.

Here are a few of our top tips for staying healthy if you work in an office environment.

Get up

It is recommended that you get up from your desk at least once an hour. Even if this just means you are getting up to go to the toilet or make another cup of tea, it is essential you remember to take a short walk to get the blood flowing.

Sitting down for too long can result in poor circulation, which can lead to problems like weight gain, varicose veins and posture problems, just to name a few. This is also important for getting away from the computer screen, which causes eye strain if stared at for too long.

Drink more water than caffeine

A cup of coffee in the morning may be a great way to kickstart your day, but relying on it for the rest of the day is not a good idea. Excessive amounts of caffeine have been linked with high blood pressure. Instead, make sure you drink plenty of water; this is far more refreshing and is also much better for you.

Bring hand sanitiser

Workplaces are germy places, especially if you work in a large company. Having hand sanitiser will ensure you can kill germs and avoid contamination. Be sure to apply some before eating and at the end of the day, to prevent bringing any office bugs home with you.

Get some fresh air

Try to get out in your lunch hour. It isn’t good for your physical or mental health to stay in the office all day. Getting out in the sunshine can have a great impact on your mood and fresh air is also very good for your health.

Eat right

Lunch is a pivotal meal on a weekday; it sustains you for hours until you can get home for dinner. However, you get out what you put into your body, so make sure it’s a healthy lunch.

Bring at least one piece of fruit with you every day and avoid fatty foods; not only are these bad for you – especially when you can’t work it off – they also lower your energy levels, making for a less productive afternoon.

Be sure to keep your eyes peeled on our blog for posts about staying healthy in other types of professions.

This should not be construed as advice and is for guidance only.