3 Tips for a Healthier, Safer You

We spend a lot of time on this blog promoting emergency preparedness, safe driving and other tips for avoiding common workplace injuries. Now, we’re switching gears and discussing an often-overlooked aspect of safety: health and wellness.

What’s in it for you?
healthy livingThe potential benefits of leading a healthy lifestyle include weight loss, reduced stress, improved self-image, and lower risk of heart disease and other preventable illnesses. Wellness and workplace safety are also strongly connected. Healthy, fit employees tend to be less prone to certain types of workplace injuries, including strains. And when healthy employees do get injured, they often recover and return to the team faster.

Wellness is a lifestyle
Wellness is a lifestyle rooted in choices we make every day, on and off the job. Of course, meetings, conference calls and deadlines also demand our attention. So how do we work wellness into our daily grind? Here are three general workplace tips to help you on your journey to a healthier, safer you.*

Eat right:

  • Don’t skip breakfast.
  • Pack a lunch instead of eating out.
  • Make hydration convenient by keeping a large glass of water at your work station.
  • Avoid the vending machine. If you get hungry between meals, munch on fruit, nuts and other healthy snacks.

Get moving:

  1. Consider walking or biking to work, safely, of course.
  2. Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
  3. Join a lunchtime exercise group.
  4. Stretch lightly at your desk.

Manage your mood:

  1. Counter stress by swapping “comfort food” with whole grains, lean protein, nuts and black tea, all of which increase your feel-good hormones.
  2. Keep a funny picture, toy, joke book or something else that makes you smile at your work station.
  3. Manage your workload by recognizing the difference between what is urgent and what can wait.
  4. Breathe deeply when you’re stressed. Deep breaths help slow your heart beat and lower your blood pressure.

*Consult your physician before beginning any diet or exercise program.

Celebrate Global Employee Health and Fitness Month
May is Global Employee Health and Fitness Month, a time for employers and employees to partner toward making wellness part of their company culture. For more information, visit www.healthandfitnessmonth.com.

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