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Detox your way to a healthy new you

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Office jobs - a typical 9-5 day with comfortable air conditioning, vending machines and happy hours.

Let’s be honest, desk jobs don’t do much for healthy habits when you’re generally in the same position 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. You’ll start to wish you hadn’t eaten that cheeseburger for your lunch break or that you probably should have went to the gym before you started work or the fact that you’ve become so lazy (or busy!) that the amount of clutter has started to build up around your desk, you struggle to even find things sometimes. But fear not, there are simple ways of getting yourself back on track and actually sticking to it, this time!

1. First things first, ditch the morning (or afternoon) coffee - yes, we’re serious.

We know this may be completely impossible for some of you but at least try and reduce your coffee intake because this can, over time, lead to serious fatigue and dependency and will initially just do the opposite to what you think it will do for you. Instead, opt for something that will benefit you like fresh icy water and if this is too boring for you, add slices of lemon, oranges or limes to add more flavour. Alternatively, a fruit smoothie is always a treat by getting the benefits of all your vitamins through the slurp of a straw.

2. Start off on the right foot - walk, walk, walk!

When you’re sitting for nearly 40 hours a week, walking should be your new best friend. Cheat your way to as much walking opportunities as possible by parking your car as far as you can from your office building to give you the chance to get a good power walk before you start a full days hard work. If you use public transport to get to work, get off one stop early and walk the rest of the way. A great little power walk never hurt anyone.

3. Try not to eat at your desk, at all.

There have been so many studies conducted on how much bacteria and germs build up around your desk and especially your computer/laptop. This is worse for those that sit and eat their lunch at their desk every single day without cleaning before or after their meal. If you absolutely must have to eat t your desk, at least have some anti-bacterial disinfecting wipes around to clean the area and your keyboard before and after you’ve done munching your sandwich. And since you’re at it, wipe down your computer, mouse and everything else around you.

4. Prepare yourself for a snack-attack.

It happens all the time, you have your lunch and it was extremely tasty and an hour after consuming, you seem to be hungry again. Instead of rummaging through your wallet to get change for the vending machine for a quick sweet/savoury treat, make sure you’ve got healthy snacks stashed somewhere for hunger emergencies. Make sure they’re healthy and energy-boosting like popcorn, nuts and chocolate (as long as it’s dark, that’s the healthy kind) but do also prepare yourself for the day with a portion of fresh fruit, low-fat yoghurt and raw vegetables with low-fat dip/dressing. Also always make sure you keep you hands clean before and after snacking.

5. Do some mini desk-ercises!

Luckily for some, some offices actually provide a gym whilst some offices are very open space and don’t have doors for individual office desks. To keep yourself active, it would be advisable to take mini breaks whenever possible by going for a walk round the office block to stretch your legs and circulate some fresh air to your brain. You could even go as far as changing your desk chair to a gym ball to improve your posture and do 15-30 second mini leg lifts under your desk.

These little tips and tricks are all achievable with the help of self-motivation but the main priority to keeping your overall self healthy at work is to know what you’re capable of doing and motivating yourself to do all these little tricks. Even if it is waking up an hour earlier than you normally would to spend some time at the gym, to walking to work instead of using your regular transportation or even cutting out certain foods from your diet, over time you’ll get used to it every day and see positive little changes in your health and well-being.

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Walking is good, but racquetball is funner!
Thu February 11 2016
Good advice
Wed February 10 2016
respect yourself, others and your enviroment
Wed February 10 2016
I have a bad habit of eating at my desk.
Wed February 10 2016
Lots of good tips!
Wed February 10 2016
Very interesting and helpful. Enjoyable reading, thankyou x
Wed February 10 2016
walking can be so good for the mind as well as the body
Tue February 9 2016
Great tips
Tue February 9 2016
Walking helped me loose 2 stone.
Tue February 9 2016
This article is so awesome and very informative.
Mon February 8 2016
As my teacher used to say "could try harder"
Mon February 8 2016
Great tips!
Mon February 8 2016
Yes these are very good and healthy tips
Mon February 8 2016
Love this never thought of doing little exercises at my desk lol thanks for the tips great read :)
Sun February 7 2016
This article is great and the info is very much on point.
Sun February 7 2016
Cool info
Sun February 7 2016
Love the mini desk workout ideas!!!
Sun February 7 2016
I really don't drink coffee is tea OK to drink as a substitute
Sat February 6 2016
So true, thank you.
Sat February 6 2016
Lots of useful info
Sat February 6 2016
Im really trying to stop drinking coffee thanks for letting me know how bad it is.
Sat February 6 2016
Great advice!
Sat February 6 2016
Definitely need to do this with my desk job.
Sat February 6 2016
Eating healthy and working out!!!
Sat February 6 2016
Thank you for the tips. I need to do that.
Sat February 6 2016
thanks for the article
Sat February 6 2016
Definately going to try cutting out my morning coffee. I already can tell I depend on it more now than I used to.
Sat February 6 2016
Thanks good advice
Sat February 6 2016
Loved these tips! Very informative! Thank you.
Sat February 6 2016
I'm trying to cut out sugar and bread and I have started walking
Sat February 6 2016
Very educational and inspired
Sat February 6 2016
It's never too late and never too old to exercise, bring on the detox and lets have the Fit Bit to encourage us to stay on track. I need both!!!
Sat February 6 2016
Good information
Sat February 6 2016
Time for a healthy new year
Sat February 6 2016
When standing at copier or in line for anything do butt squeeze .And always carry water bottle everywhere you go.
Sat February 6 2016
Thanks. I think these will help
Sat February 6 2016
Very helpful tips! Thank you!
Sat February 6 2016
Cutting out the morning coffee will be the most difficult especially with a young child.
Sat February 6 2016
Preparing for snack attacks is the best way to prepare with healthy snacks. If possible sit on a yoga ball as your new desk chair.
Sat February 6 2016
With unexplained weight gain and now a stomach infection this is more important than ever. Doing all I can to get better!
Sat February 6 2016
I would love to get in shape
Sat February 6 2016
Great tips I would have loved to see overall tips or at least some for other jobs. I'm a SAHM who recently had a baby and some tips for me would have been awesome.
Sat February 6 2016
I would love to get in shape
Sat February 6 2016
I would love to get in shape
Sat February 6 2016
I enjoyed this blog . thanks for sharing.
Sat February 6 2016
I don't know about giving up my coffee
Sat February 6 2016
Great tips...
Sat February 6 2016
Awesome tips
Sat February 6 2016
Awesome tips
Sat February 6 2016
Very interesting, how do you go without coffee
Sat February 6 2016
try to cut out all sugars
Fri February 5 2016
Great info. Going to incorporate in my life.
Fri February 5 2016
Def trying to eat more healthier and workout more
Thu February 4 2016
This article is so awesome and very informative.
Thu February 4 2016
Super tips
Thu February 4 2016
I'm going too try and cut out my afternoon coffee...and try too cut down on how many cups I drink..
Thu February 4 2016
These are great advice. As a mother I gained so much weight after my pregnancy. Now I'm overweighted for my age could cause high blood pressure and I'm trying my best to not step there at anytime. Thanks for the tips / advice.
Thu February 4 2016
Great advice. Every little bit helps!
Thu February 4 2016
Great stuff
Thu February 4 2016
Great suggestions
Thu February 4 2016
These are good tips
Thu February 4 2016
I need to try harder!
Thu February 4 2016
Very good tips I am going to try doing this. Need to detox my body and this is a good start. Thank you
Thu February 4 2016
Thank you, these were great tips! I have been trying to get up and walk around every hour just trying to get moving and get fit!
Thu February 4 2016
Every time I am in a slump, I put on a musical DVD and every time a song is being played or sung' I have to get up and dance!
Thu February 4 2016
This qas good ro know. Thank you
Thu February 4 2016
I just had a beautiful baby boy in August. I for the most part lost some weight, we walk everyday and when I do yoga he's a great weight....20lbs @5months.
Thu February 4 2016
Awesome
Thu February 4 2016
I do agree with this. I think I might try this. Thank you.
Thu February 4 2016
Give up coffee, I'm confused.
Thu February 4 2016
Thanks for the chance!
Thu February 4 2016
This is AMAZING! Thank you for this AWESOME opportunity!
Thu February 4 2016
The hardest part is starting...but after a couple of weeks it gets easy and feels good.
Thu February 4 2016
Awesome I am working towards new goals
Thu February 4 2016
I use these ideas all the time. Plus, I get up every hour to walk the stairs and take them just to get next door!
Thu February 4 2016
Good tips
Thu February 4 2016
Some great ideas I think it helps to just leave your desk during the day.
Thu February 4 2016
Ty for the chance
Thu February 4 2016
This is good info.
Thu February 4 2016
Great info, very helpful, thanks!
Thu February 4 2016
Awesome advice
Thu February 4 2016
Awesome tips
Thu February 4 2016
Helpful tips
Thu February 4 2016
Great advice!
Thu February 4 2016
AWESOME INFO!
Thu February 4 2016
Started walking to work beginning of the year feel loads better for it.
Wed February 3 2016
Sensible advice
Wed February 3 2016
Great article!
Wed February 3 2016
Simple things that are easy to do.
Wed February 3 2016
Excellent advice
Wed February 3 2016
This is awesome
Wed February 3 2016
I'm almost there!
Tue February 2 2016
Some helpful tips
Tue February 2 2016
Sound advice
Tue February 2 2016
I love the no snacks at the desk
Mon February 1 2016
Very interesting ty
Mon February 1 2016
Great information
Sun January 31 2016
Great tips. I'm definitely giving some of them a try.
Sun January 31 2016
Great suggestions...but, no coffee!
Sat January 30 2016
These are great ideas, not just for office, but for a stay at home mom like myself.
Fri January 29 2016
Awesome :) ty
Fri January 29 2016
These are very good ideas even in the retail business where ur standing at a till all day
Fri January 29 2016
I LOVE MY COFFEE WAY TO MUCH TO DITCH IT..LOL!!
Thu January 28 2016
First thing I put into my body is a smoothie. I am suffering from Fibromyalgia and staying active is very important to me.
Thu January 28 2016
From Feb I'm a trying to got caffeine free for one month to test the benefits and hopefully help me sleep better, great Blog, Thanks for the chance too x
Thu January 28 2016
Awesome! Thank you for posting
Thu January 28 2016
Thanks for the information and the giveaway
Thu January 28 2016
Thanks for this great advice. Thanks for this contest too.
Thu January 28 2016
Ditching the coffee is definitely NOT DOABLE
Thu January 28 2016
Need self motivation
Thu January 28 2016
Thanks for the wonderful tips. I am a huge believer in walking and running. I get my 5 days of cardio and 3 days on weights. Drink lots and lots of water and keep good eating habits. Once you start and make this a routine part of your life it becomes habit and just part of your day to day activity! All you have to do is start!!
Thu January 28 2016
I always make sure I have some anti-bacterial disinfecting wipes around to clean the area, especially the work phones, lots of people use the phone and all their makeup is on it, I am so fussy, it takes me 5 min everyday to clean my desk...
Wed January 27 2016
I will start with not drinking so much coffee. I do like my 3 or 4 oclock coffee and I do find I can close my eyes and want to nap. I'll try to take a walk about that time and see how the energy level is.. I do like to sleep a lot at night so maybe setting the alarm to wake me will also help.
Wed January 27 2016
Lots of good advice there!
Wed January 27 2016
Thanks for the tips, they will work.
Wed January 27 2016
WOW learned so much form this article, thank you!
Wed January 27 2016
Most of this I know, it is just a matter of implimenting them. Using a gym ball as a chair is a little unrealistic, but I could do it at home with my computer....definitely would improve my balance! :)
Wed January 27 2016
Love all these tips, thanks!
Wed January 27 2016
This article was very informative thank you.
Wed January 27 2016
Oooh I'm not sure I can ditch that morning coffee, that is my 'get up & go' necessity :)
Wed January 27 2016
I now walk to work every day, drink lemon water and cut out red meat too.
Wed January 27 2016