IN a perfect world, we’d all walk to work, sit ramrod straight all day, eat healthily and take exercise breaks.
The reality for most people is quite different – rushing to work by train, bus or tram, slouching over a desk, eating al desko and then rushing back home to drop in a heap on the sofa.
Of course that’s stereotypical and there are many, often positive variations. But, keeping healthy while working hard can be difficult to achieve.
Remote workers can have a different routine – cancel the travel but factor in the slouching and poor eating habits. How many of us take regular breaks and/or get in exercise on a daily basis?
There are some excellent employers around who structure work to make it much healthier for staff. The best have break-out rooms, proper breaks, a “no food at desks” policy and a nice eating place in-house. Some have gym facilities or gym membership for staff. Some even have “fun” areas like ball ponds although, unsurprisingly, not many solicitors and accountants.
The truth is that it’s up to us as individuals to take responsibility for our own health, especially given our cash-strapped NHS. And I’m saying this as someone who has just lied to her Fitbit about her weight. Honesty is a pre-requisite here – that, plus accurate scales and a good, full-length mirror.
But good health is not just about weight or even heart rate. It’s also about positive mental health. If we eat well, try to cut down the stress and take at least a small amount of regular exercise, we feel better and more positive about life.
The trick is to find a way to do all this and still keep your boss or clients happy. A stable home-life, hobbies and taking up a sport all definitely help.