6 tips for an instant health makeover at work!

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We asked Officeworks National Health and Safety Manager Angela Konstanopoulos to share some tips for boosting your wellbeing at work which can in turn help increase workplace productivity.

Get a good night’s sleep

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“If you’re not getting six to eight hours sleep each night, you may experience a lack of concentration and fatigue at work,” says Angela. “Use an activity tracker to monitor your sleeping patterns.”

Get a training buddy

Try group fitness with colleagues to not only boost your mood, but to also help build better teamwork within the workplace,” suggests Angela. “You can even share your progress with each other by setting up a group within the Fitbit app. Some healthy competition goes a long way!”

Try a standing desk

Standing desks are growing in demand and trending in many large corporations including Google, partly due to the health implications of sitting all day,” says Angela. “Speak to your boss about getting a standing desk if you’re concerned.”

Make the little things count

The workplace is full of everyday exercise opportunities,” says Angela. “Take the stairs, put your hand up to do the coffee run, stretch while you’re waiting at the printer and get up and grab a glass of water every hour. Keep count of energy burned and duration of activity with an activity tracker.”

Step outside

Don’t underestimate the power of fresh air and sunlight,” says Angela. “Even just ten minutes outside the workplace can help awaken the mind and provide your daily dose of vitamin D.”

Set an alarm

Alarms aren’t only for waking up in the morning; you can use them as reminders to get up and move,” says Angela. “Set regular notifications to stand up and stretch, go for a short walk or shift eye focus from the computer screen regularly.”


 

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