6 Ways to Stay Healthy While Managing a Crazy Work Schedule
Many people work very long and grueling hours. A hectic work schedule can set a person back in terms of health and well-being. Staying healthy while working a hefty amount of hours will not only help improve job productivity, but it might prevent serious health problems from forming down the road. The following tips are designed to provide some easy-to-try tactics that when combined with one another, can maintain, and for some, improve health.
Practice Good Posture
Often, you will be sitting at your desk in some form of upright chair, or you will be moving from an office to a conference room and then to another room for a meeting. In each setting, you will likely be sitting in a chair. Incorrect posture while sitting stresses ligaments. If your spine is under persistent stress for an accumulated period of time, you likely will experience back problems in the future. Try to sit with a straight back, and, most importantly, do not let your shoulders slouch forward. Keep your shoulders back, and at the same time, try to keep feet flat on the floor.
Stand Up Often
If you commute to work on a train or bus, split sitting and standing time. Sitting the entire train or bus ride adds to your overall daily sitting time. Today in the United States and Western Europe, most jobs are service-based. The service economy necessitates that the majority of the workforce spend time in an office-based setting. The amount that we sit during our work time has arguably exceeded a healthy threshold. If you want to maintain good health while working an intense schedule, take every opportunity to stand up and move around.
Keep Coffee Pure and Small
Popular coffee stops along the way to work have menus that are diverse and colorful, but many things on the menu are comprised of a number of ingredients that are added to coffee. These most often include sugar, milk, soy milk, and different types of syrup. Not only do ingredients of this sort tally up a high number of calories, they also require the body to process them like food. They also add to the overall size of the beverage. When getting coffee before or during work, order a smaller size with fewer additives. This way you will still reap the energetic benefits of caffeine without needing to worry about calories and a blood-sugar spike.
Cut Out Unnecessary Sugar
Around ten percent of the U.S. population – nearly 32 million people – has one of the two forms of diabetes. Diabetes, along with other serious metabolic disorders, is very much influenced by excessive sugar intake. Scientific research has revealed that sugary drinks may cause people to develop type 2 diabetes. The American Diabetes Association has recommended that people limit intake of sugary drinks. This does not mean cutting out only soda, which many have already done. Fruit juices, sweetened coffee, and tea with sugar all should be avoided or consumed in extreme moderation.
Eat a Low-Carb Lunch
Sugary drinks are not the only potential health-hazard to be avoided during hectic work schedules. A carb-loaded lunch is also not recommended. Meals that include burritos, sandwiches, french fries, hamburgers, or pasta can cause blood sugar to spike. You will feel satisfied and full, but just one hour later, you may feel sluggish and want to take a nap. Eating a salad, steak, eggs, cheese, or vegan/soy sausages will provide the energy needed until dinner, and more importantly, they will keep blood sugar stable and include a high level of protein.
Big Dinner, Sleep Like a Winner
Americans don’t get enough sleep. This is the source of many of health problems. Part of the reason for the lack of sleep is crazy work schedules. One of the worst things that can happen in the middle of a hectic work week is waking up feeling like you did not get enough sleep. This can raise stress levels and cause anxiety because you might feel as if you potentially will not be at your best when called upon to perform. After going through the day without over consuming sugar and after eating a low-carb lunch, enjoy a nice dinner. The dinner should be wholesome in the sense of containing an adequate amount of fat, carbs, and protein. You will feel rewarded for your low-sugar obedience, and you’ll also feel full.