Be healthy at work with Medihelp
- by Medihelp
- 10 July 2017
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You rush every morning to get to work on time and most days your either skip lunch or you wolf down a pie from the canteen while you’re typing a report that was due hours ago. You need a daily energy drink to help you get through the afternoon and your aching body keeps you from getting a good night’s sleep.
Most office workers struggle with mental fatigue, which is made worse by bad eating habits and a lack of exercise. Medihelp has advice to alleviate the problem without spending a fortune or making radical lifestyle changes.
Follow healthy eating habits
- Eat a low-GI breakfast such as oats or wholewheat toast with eggs for sustained energy;
- Avoid the office canteen and rather pack yourself a healthy lunch with low-GI starch, fresh fruit and vegetables, and lean protein;
- Drink at least six to eight glasses of water daily to support brain function and prevent fatigue;
- Stick to healthy snacks such as fruit and nuts; and
- Eat your lunch away from your desk.
- Join Medihelp MultiSport for runners, walkers and cyclists for that extra bit of fitness motivation from a community of health enthusiasts – click here for more info;
- Take a walk during your lunch time; and
- Take a 10-minute break every three hours, get up from your chair and stretch your muscles.
Maintain the correct sitting posture
- Your PC monitor should be at arm’s length and eye level;
- Keep your wrists on the desk for support and your hands at or below elbow level;
- Your knees should be level with your hips;
- Your back and the back of your thighs should be supported by your chair; and
- Keep your shoulders relaxed.
Look after your general health
- Boost your immunity with an annual flu shot.
Other healthy habits
- Wash your hands regularly to prevent viruses from spreading;
- Open windows and allow fresh air to circulate;
- Deal with stress in healthy ways such as exercising;
- Learn good time management and be organised so that you can leave work on time and manage your stress levels;
- Take regular bathroom breaks;
- Set a deadline each day for switching off technology and relaxing; and
- Follow a wind-down ritual every night for an hour before bedtime, such as a warm bath and breathing exercises, to ensure that your brain is relaxed enough to let you fall asleep.
You can also speak to a Medihelp accredited adviser for assistance to select the perfect benefit option for your healthcare needs.