Five fitness tips for the day
Stress makes you ill – these tips will help you stay healthy and stress-free through the day
Too much stress and too little exercise – if you sit at a desk all day, you'll know all about it. On average, we sit in front of our computers for 80,000 hours throughout our working lives. That's not just bad for our posture. Our health also suffers. Not without reason do they say: sitting is the new smoking. What's more, you hardly have any time for family and friends or hobbies such as sport. We often miss out on regular breaks and healthy food in our stressful everyday lives. So a bit of balance is particularly important to stay fit and healthy. Even brief activities and effectively used breaks are enough to do some good. We have five tips for you to help you regenerate in your everyday life and put a smile on your lips at the same time.
1. Regular exercise
"Take any flight of stairs you can get!" There is certainly a lot of truth in this saying. Any exercise is important. For the body, it is not important how it is moved but simply that it is moved. So instead of taking the lift to the office every morning, take the stairs instead for a change. Even the journey to work is a good opportunity to integrate movement into your daily life. If the route to work allows, take the bike as a healthy alternative to the car or public transport. And you can even integrate some small activities into your working day when sitting at your desk. Stand up every now and then, have a stretch or, if possible, raise the height of the desk and work standing up. That boosts your circulation and prevents fatigue.
2. Change your eating habits
Cooking often doesn't get a look in on a working day. We often put a frozen pizza in the oven when we get home or order sweet and sour duck from the Asian takeaway. But a healthy, balanced diet is important in the battle against stress in our everyday lives. Good food supplies our body with the energy it needs to function well. And by the way, cooking can help you relax. Dishes such as fresh salads, oven-roasted vegetables or fish promote concentration. And remember that you can't work well on an empty stomach. So you should definitely not skip breakfast. This will prevent you having cravings at lunchtime.
3. Use your breaks effectively
Even when your working days are crammed full and you have so much work, there's no land in sight – use your breaks! It is vital for body and soul that you take some time-out. So don't leave too much time between breakfast and lunch. A brief walk after lunch will do you good. This is an easy way to recharge your batteries for the afternoon.
4. Fight the afternoon low
You know the feeling. The lunch break was a while ago but there's still a lot of work to do before you finish work for the day. Your motivation is dwindling, you are experiencing the afternoon low. Instead of now resorting to coffee and a chocolate bar, try a cup of tea and some fruit instead. These have the benefit of being healthier and your energy will last longer. In this way, you can work through the last few hours to the end of the working day.
5. Let the working day end on a relaxing note
The work is done, it's time for relaxation. Instead of taking work home with you, you can now deliberately distance yourself from it. Enjoy an Em‑eukal Gumdrop and start your well-deserved evening with new energy – whether you spend some time with friends, go to power yoga or go to a concert. Breathe in deeply and hit the ground running!