Staying focused on your goals and healthy at work, no matter what time of year, can feel impossible.
FEAR NOT, there 5 simple tips to help you put yourself in the perfect position to succeed and stay healthy at work all year long.
REMEMBER YOUR WHY Remind yourself regularly why this goal is important. Subtle reminders around your workspace can help you stay focused. It could be a sticky note on a monitor with the goal itself or an inspirational quote as a reminder. Or you could make the screen saver on your phone a picture of a pair of shoes you want to buy or a vacation spot you’d like to visit with your family. Keep these reminders front and center so you see them before grabbing that donut.
PARTNER UP. Once you set a goal, it’s important to find an accountability partner. To help navigate office temptations, find a colleague who has similar goals and help each other stick to them. A office partner can remind you of your goals and support you when you’re tempted to veer off the healthy-living path. In addition, you can ask your partner to take lunch time walks or hit the gym after work.
KEEP TRACK. It’s important to be aware of what and how much you are eating. Tracking food daily and recording results such as weight, measurements, stress and energy levels each week. Being mindful of what you are consuming will help you steer clear from break room temptations.
PLAN & PREP. Map out the week by planning for what you might indulge in and then preparing for the rest. Meal prep and bring a healthy lunches if you know there will be multiple take-out days, satisfy that sweet craving with a small piece of dark chocolate before heading into the break room for a treat and research restaurant menus in advance so you are prepared to make the right selection when you travel.
LEAD THE WAY. Chances are you aren’t the only one at work who is trying to be healthy, lose weight or exercise more. Be a leader by offering to find healthy alternatives to pizza for the next lunch-and-learn session. Or suggest starting a wellness committee that creates opportunities for employees to eat well and move more at work. By setting an example at the office you may make the team healthier and