Workplace Perils

Well, I started a new job this week!!!  I am happy to be putting away my interviewing suit in lieu of more comfortable (and CUTER) work clothes!  (Does anyone see a celebratory shopping trip coming up? Because I do!)  Everything is going great, but starting at a new workplace reminded me of all the health pitfalls that come along with having a “big girl” job.

1. First, there’s the fact that most jobs involve sitting for the majority of the day, often with bad posture.

Fix: Make sure your computer monitor/key board are set up to encourage good posture. Grab an old telephone book to elevate your monitor if necessary. Adjust your chair (if you can!) so that your knees are at a 90 degree angle with feet flat on the floor. And yes, make a conscious effort to sit straight (I know, I know, easier said than done)! (side note: I’ve noticed a huge difference in my posture since doing yoga once a week…it really does help!)

2. Eating out for lunch is expensive, and often unhealthy. But, you don’t want to be the bump on the log who refuses to socialize with your coworkers because you don’t want to go out to lunch. Plus, going out to eat seems so much easier than packing a lunch…whats a girl to do?

Fix: Avoiding eating out for lunch all the time is pretty impractical, but try to limit it. When you do go out, opt for ordering an appetizer, soup, or salad instead of a main entre. They are typically cheaper and healthier. Try to encourage your coworkers to eat in with you. A good way to encourage this is to make sure that when you eat in, you still take a break away from your desk and socialize while eating. (Helpful tip: stock up on ziplock screw-off tupperware…they’re disposable if necessary, and WONT SPILL!)

3. After a day of work, there are about 10 other things besides working out that need to get done…it’s easy to give priority to those other things and let your workouts slide.

Fix: One option is to work out early in the morning. If your like me and not a morning person (at all!), pack your workout bag in the morning and get to the gym right away, on your way home from work. You should be able to make it home at a reasonable time to have dinner, or run some errands or catch up with friends. My suggestion, however, is to get as many errands as possible done on the weekends. Still short on time? Combine meals with friends, they need to eat too!

My lunch today (in a Zip Lock container): tomato cucumber salad (dressing: basil, olive oil, balsalmic vinegar, salt and pepper)

Have a happy healthy day!


What are your tips for staying healthy at work? Share!



  1. am said,

    March 29, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    Congrats; what is it you do?
    Yes I do think you deserve a celebratory shopping trip!!
    I fell off the bringing-lunch-from-home wagon last week (its so much cheaper and sometimes I am a tad antisocial) so this week I’m doing soup-n-salad.
    I work out in the evening – its something I’ve trained myself to do because I AM NOT waking up at 4 to get my exercise in.
    You forgot to mention snacks and birthday parties and any opportunity for folks to bring in food – that can become unhealthy in no time!

  2. March 29, 2011 at 6:35 pm

    Thank you, i’m in marketing! And your totally right, OMG birthdays and snacks people bring in are such a problem! Its hard because you don’t want to hurt anyones feelings by not accepting the treat! I’ve found that as long as you can stick to the rule of ONE, generally these don’t undermine your diet too badly! Some even suggest always leaving some of your meal/treat left on your plate…but I can’t seem to do that, my parents taught me too well lol! Good luck wiht soup n salad this week! : )

  3. emjayandthem said,

    March 29, 2011 at 8:24 pm

    Congrats on the new job!
    My tip is two-fold: I save all my errands for lunchtime (thankfully my office is close to many businesses) and I bring my lunch. That way, I get out of the “hey do you wanna go to lunch?” routine AND I get all my stuff done: banking, buy a bday gift, drop stuff at the library, whatever. I do go out with co-workers 1 x a week so as to remain social. Also I try to skip the bday events as much as possible or say that I have allergies (and I do; they don’t need to know which ones!!) Have fun shopping :) MJ

  4. PL Holden said,

    March 31, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    Posture is pretty important to me when I’m working so those tips are a great help. I also sometimes stretch my legs or go for a walk if I can. Great writing!

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