How to Stay Healthy When Working a 9-5

Happy Work Life Enrichment Month! Celebrated each year in April, this awareness month is all about finding the balance between your personal and professional life. Not only is this balance important for your sanity and your stress level, but it’s also vital for your health.

One aspect of work-life balance that many people struggle with is finding time to manage their health amidst the hustle and bustle of their career. It can be tough to carve out time to hit the gym or prepare a healthy meal when project deadlines are looming.

Struggling to stay healthy as you work your 9-5? Here are some tips that should help!

Stay Healthy at Your 9-5

Bring Your Lunch (And Snacks, Too)

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It happens all the time: we set goals to stay healthy and eat well, even at work, but then meetings run long and lunch breaks run short, meaning we think our only option is the drive-through or unhealthy bites at the office cafeteria. Wrong! It’s possible to eat well even if you don’t have a lot of time. You can start packing your lunch to make sure that you always have a quick, healthy option on hand — just check out our tips to stay healthy with a nutritious brown bag lunch.

And don’t forget about snacks, too. When the afternoon slump comes around, you need a healthy snack to fuel your body — which means the vending machines are a major no-no. Fruit, a handful of nuts and some cheese, yogurt, or some pre-portioned vegetables are all much better alternatives. Your body will thank you!

Don’t Stay Sitting – Get Active!

The typical 9-5 jobs are fairly sedentary. This means it’s important that you get your exercise in when you’re off the clock. There are easy ways to inject a little activity into your everyday routine — taking the stairs rather than the elevator, or parking further from your building to get in a little walk — but you should also be exercising moderately for at least 30 minutes 3 times a week. Whether you run at a local park or join a local health club, you can find your fitness niche outside of work.

All your activity doesn’t have to be done outside the office, though. Talk to your boss about getting a standing desk, which keeps your muscles more engaged. If your workplace has a fitness center, use it over your lunch break. See if your team is open to having walking meetings. Participate in any intramural activities that your workplace joins. There are so many ways to stay healthy by staying active at work!

Take Advantage of Your Workplace Wellness Program

Hopefully, your company has a workplace wellness program. If so, capitalizing on it will help you stay healthy! Attend your workplace health fairs, and be sure to get your Health Risk Assessment and Biometric Screening if these services are provided by the program. Getting a Male and Female Testing (which includes the Cholesterol Panel) will provide a benchmark for your health and help you monitor changes over time, so you can stay healthy by making necessary dietary or lifestyle adjustments.

If for some reason your workplace doesn’t provide these health benefits (employers — get help with your workplace wellness program today!), you can always visit your local Test Smartly Labs for clinical lab testing. We make it easy for you to self-direct when it comes to your health — no doctor’s orders, insurance, or appointments are required for our basic health tests!

If you’re ready to stay healthy find the wellness-certified Test Smartly Labs location near you to learn more about their lab tests!

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