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How To Stay Healthy At Work by Gerald Fitz

October 29, 2009 by  
Filed under Dr J's Blog

The H1N1 (commonly referred to as “swine flu”) scare has made people a little more wary of public spaces. If you’re worried about staying healthy at work there are a few things that should really help you feel more at ease and more productive in the workplace.

Wash Your Hands: One of the most basic ways to stay healthy and to help keep your workplace healthy is to wash your hands. If you wash your hands every time you use the restroom, after you sneeze or cough, before you eat, and any other time your hands feel dirty, you’ll be able to stay healthier and help your coworkers do the same. It is also a good idea to keep a bottle of hand sanitizer by your desk.

Avoid Coworkers Who Are Sick: It may sound really basic, but sometimes coworkers who are sick don’t extend the courtesy of avoiding others in the workplace. You should take it upon yourself to discretely avoid them without being rude.

Drink Water: It may surprise you, but a lot of health problems can result from simply being dehydrated. Most people don’t drink enough water. This is a big mistake. Water keeps your body regulated and free from outside contaminants far better than many drugs. It is advisable to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. If you exercise regularly, the ounces of water per day that you should drink should be half of your body weight. It is incredible what a difference this makes in your overall health.

Take Breaks: Your immune system is much more vulnerable when your body is tired and overworked. Make sure that you rest enough to make things easier on your immune system. There are some excellent stretches that you can do while at the office. For instance, try a deep back stretch by putting your chest on your knees while sitting on your chair. Reach down to your feet and pull your chest as tight as you can against your legs. This will help your back to relax. Next, stand up and counteract hunching posture by extending both arms high over your head to extend your back. Breathe deeply as your lungs open up while doing this one. Finally, try a simple wall squat. Just put your back against a wall in the seated position and use your quad muscles to hold your body with your legs at a 90 degree angle for several minutes.

Eat Well: Fresh fruits, vegetables, whole grains are always an important part of any diet. In addition to these, be sure to include plenty of healthy protein to help you build lean muscle. Whey Protein is one of the best sources because the isolate variety is 90% protein, it tastes good, and is easy to digest. It is an all-natural gluten-free byproduct of dairy and is used by exercise enthusiasts and professional athletes. Another excellent way to enhance your diet is to take a good daily multivitamin. This will give you the nutrients that you may be missing like Vitamin B12 and Vitamin D.

By making these simple changes to your diet, your body and mind will be healthier and you’ll feel great at work.

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