Increase health and wellness while doing your desk job

We all know that exercise leads to better health, but did you know that you could increase your health and wellness while sitting at your desk? From drinking more water to thinking good thoughts, I share some of my favorite health tips to increase overall vitality.

1) Drink more water

This is one of my favorite tips and one of the easiest things to do. Dehydration can exacerbate mental fatigue, and not getting enough of this precious physical resource will make you more tired and worn out than you should be. This causes a drop in your metabolism and your body adapts by increasing fat mass to cope with lowered energy. By increasing your water intake, you allow your body to work more efficiently. Water hydrates the brain, which helps to increase focus and boost mental output. Additional water intake allows the body to detoxify itself from the impurities that it accumulates from the food you eat and the air you breathe. Many toxins are made by the body itself, like lactic acid from physical activity. I get to sneak in a few quick mental breaks and increase blood flow through regular walks to the bathroom because of my water intake during work. Who says that you can’t detox and get a few extra steps in while earning an income?
Tired of drinking plain water all the time? Adding lemon juice to water has a variety of benefits of its own.

2) Chomp on healthy foods

Fresh fruit and vegetables are so good for you. They provide precious vitamins and minerals that our bodies need to survive. They also provide the fiber that we need to encourage healthy digestion and regular bowel movement. The natural sugars found in fruit and veg will also help you to concentrate better at what you need to do during work.
Personally, I don’t particularly enjoy the taste of fruit and veg. I eat them because I know how much my body needs them. Since I don’t enjoy them, I choose to eat them when I am focused on something else, like while I am working on my computer. Since my focus is diverted, I don’t take note of whether I am enjoying the food that I am eating. Eating the good food that you don’t enjoy during work is a great way to get your best nutrients in while doing whatever pays the bills.

3) Swap out coffee for green tea

Green tea has so many benefits. It contains the caffeine that you might need to wake you up and keep you focused, but not so much that you feel jittery or struggle to relax during the day. Too much caffeine can cause stress, anxiety and a feeling of frustration or anger during work. Green tea has considerably less caffeine than coffee. This gives you the energy benefit without the negative side effects. Additionally, green tea contains EGCG. EGCG is the most abundant catechin in green tea and has many benefits of its own; like boosting metabolism and burning fat. It is a common ingredient on many weight loss pills for this very reason. Green tea also contains the amino acid theanine. This amino acid has a calming effect on the brain, which decreases its negative response to stressful situations.

4) Think positive

Besides feeling better during work, thinking positive has many physical health benefits. Dopamine, the happy hormone, is released when we feel good about something. Dopamine release during sugar consumption is what makes us want to eat sweet things like candy bars and drink soda. Dopamine also increases focus and prolongs overall attention to detail. This is why we can watch a good TV show for hours, but struggle to focus during much shorter office meetings. By choosing to think positively about your work environment, you can increase mental activity, reduce overall stress and stay focused for longer before you need a break.
Another feel good hormone, serotonin, is released when we experience positive social connections with other people. This hormone has a range of health benefits of its own. One of these benefits is increased physical recovery. A study showed that serotonin increased cell regeneration and healing from wounds. By thinking positively and interacting with people in a more positive manner, you can increase your natural serotonin levels and therefore reap its physical benefits.
A ‘fake-it-till-you-make-it’ approach is really effective at increasing overall positivity. I tried this approach myself. Whenever I did an activity that I did not enjoy, I told myself that I really love it and that I am having such a great time. At first, I knew that I was lying to myself and felt silly for making false claims. Through consistency and repetition, I started to believe it and I was able to increase my proficiency at this task while decreasing the need to rest afterwards. Since the activity that I had to do was almost every day, it took just over a week for me to see considerable results. Try it for a week and let me know if it works!

5) Go easy on the air conditioning

In this post that examines the connection between body heat and metabolism, we can see that our metabolisms are stimulated when our bodies are too cold or too hot. It takes energy for the body to warm up or cool down. Since our bodies learn to adjust to constant temperature changes, they learn to become more resilient. This increases immunity and makes us less susceptible to other physical challenges. That is why cold showers increase the muscle building hormone testosterone in men (among other benefits). By foregoing the aircon, you allow your body time to learn to cope with certain changes on its own. Hot environments induce sweat, which is actually very good for you. Cold temperatures force our bodies to burn extra calories to stay warm.
As you most probably have already heard before, air conditioning has a range of side effects that aren’t very good for you. They can dry out airways, which can increase the amount of times that you get sick in the average year.
Do you have any other tips? Are you going to give any of these a try? What are your biggest health challenges at work? I look forward to hearing from you in the comments below.
As always, feel free to like, comment, reblog, link to or share this post. Happy working!

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30 thoughts on “Increase health and wellness while doing your desk job

  1. These are really interesting points, I’ve actually been taking cold showers for a few weeks now and I can definitely notice how much more awake I am throughout the morning!

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    1. Yes I also started a few weeks ago. I notice an instant energy boost and my productivity improves for the rest of the day.

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      1. yea it’s crazy 1 minutes changes in the morning can have such an effect on your entire day!

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      2. That’s right. A little yeast affects all the dough 😉

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  2. Also I think your #3 was meant to read Swap out coffee for green tea 🙂 cheers!

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    1. Ahh I didn’t even notice. Will fix when I’m back on the computer, thank you!

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  3. great post, hope you had great valentines day!!!!

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    1. Thank you. Mine was great thanks, I hope yours was too.

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  4. Great tips!! Also, taking a few small breaks, walk and even stretching helps to re-energize during the day.

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    1. This is so true! The extra blood flow does wonders.

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  5. Thanks for stopping by my blog and liking my post – 6 tips for successful aging. Nice to see that you are also into the positivity angle – very healthy! I share your aversion to air conditioning. Dry nasal passages are my biggest concern, also simple comfort. When I check in to my room in Las Vegas, the first thing I do is turn the air conditioning to 76 degrees. They usually have it in the 60’s. Nice blog. Keep up the good work!

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    1. My pleasure, and I agree that positivity is very healthy. I’m glad that you agree with me about air conditioning and thanks for stopping by. Have a great day.

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      1. Thanks! BTW, regarding positivity, I have a really neat GIF on it. Check out https://guysandgoodhealth.com/positive-psychology-whats-it-all-about/

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      2. Thanks, will check it out when I’m back on the computer. The WP app on my phone doesn’t let me interact with the pages of links I follow, so I won’t be able to like or comment.

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      3. Great 1Please feel free to offer feedback.

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  6. Great tips! Thanks for sharing them 😊

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    1. It’s my absolute pleasure 🙂

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  7. Loooove these tips! Always looking for ways to incorporate more wellness! 🙂

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  8. No way on the cold showers! I do drink a lot of water and my office is always freezing cold, all year.
    I do like to drink cold water all day and usually put two green tea bags in my water bottle to add a little flavor.
    I also try to maintain good posture while sitting all day and try to stand during conference calls.

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    1. Wow that sounds really good. I think I’m going to try adding two green tea bags to water for extra taste. Thanks for the great tip!

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  9. I’m still learning from you, but I’m making my way to the top as well. I absolutely enjoy reading everything that is written on your website.Keep the stories coming. I loved it!

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  10. I will immediately grab your rss feed as I can not find your email subscription link or newsletter service. Do you’ve any? Please let me know so that I could subscribe. Thanks.

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  11. I love this! I’ve been finding it difficult lately to appreciate my office job, but I’ve came to realize that whether we’re in an office or traveling the world if you’re not happy with yourself neither will be fulfilling. Great post 🙂

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    1. Thank you, and you are absolutely right. We often make the mistake of thinking that happiness is external.

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