If you’re bogged down with work, then the chances are you’ll be sitting at your desk for the majority of the day… but what if this is detrimental to your health?

Recent research has shown that being inactive or not exercising could lead to an early death for office workers especially.

Andrew Ivers, Senior Marketing Manager at Bodybuilding.com says:
“We all know what it’s like to be stuck to a desk for numerous hours a day, as we begin to feel lazy or fatigued, so that’s why we’re targeting this issue and helping office workers get up on their feet.”

By making your office a friendly place for health and fitness, you’ll be able to spend more time working toward your goals. Add the following things to your workday and you might just see those inches slide off a little faster.

Prepare your meals

If you’re constantly going out for lunch instead of preparing a healthy meal at home, you probably ingest far more calories than you need. It takes 10 minutes to prepare a healthy lunch the night before work or pack leftovers from dinner. So there’s no excuse to continually make poor eating choices.

Stuff your drawer with healthy snacks

Instead of snacking on biscuits and treats in the office kitchen, fill your drawer up with healthier alternatives such as instant oats, protein bars, or fruit. The next time you have to work late, healthy eats will be within arms’ reach. Or get your company to supply healthy snacks from companies like The Office Pantry

Coffee break? Put caffeine to good use

No matter how hard you work, you need to take an occasional break to de-stress and refresh. When your coffee break comes around, take a brisk 10-15 minute walk. Not only will this torch a few calories, but it may help you clear your mind, ease stress, regain focus, and feel more energised.

Keep a water bottle on your desk

If the only fluids you tend to consume during your workday are coffee and diet soda, you need some water. Many people don’t realize they’re dehydrated. Thirst can zap your concentration, energy and performance. By keeping a water bottle on your desk, you can sip on it as the day moves along and get the water your body needs without having to think about it.

Set a timer

Instead of sitting at your desk for eight hours straight, set a timer to go off each hour. When it beeps, do something active for one or two minutes. By moving around for just two minutes every hour, you’ll feel better at the end of the day. Bring a little play to work and your brain. Your body and your boss will all thank you.