You want to stay fit and live a healthier lifestyle. Since you spend a large chunk of your day at work, it's important to make an effort to work in a way that's both healthy and productive. There's a lot you can do from packing your lunch, to hitting the gym on your lunch break and moving around more throughout your busy workday. You start out with the best of intentions to change your work habits, but without the right motivation, it's easy to slip back into old habits. That's why working on mindset is just as important as proper diet and exercise. The good news is that everything you do to stay healthy and active throughout your workday will also help you stay more productive.
A healthy body and mind can work better, faster, and longer than one plagued by various aches and health issues. This is an important concept. When you take a few minutes out of your busy day to stretch, do some yoga, or go for a brisk walk in the fresh air, it's not actually a waste of time. You'll come back refreshed and ready to work with a clear mind. You'll easily make up the time you spent taking care of yourself. Once you realize this, it becomes easier to allow yourself to take care of your body at work. That alone isn't enough, though.
It's easy to fall back into old habits and behavior patterns. Set yourself up for success with constant reminders. These could be email alerts that pop up on your phone reminding you to choose healthy food or go for a walk. Or it could be a vision board or inspirational picture that hangs over your desk. Post-it notes on your computer can also be helpful to remind you to move more. If you're struggling with finding the time to workout during your busy day, set a few alarms throughout the day. Get up and do some sort of exercise anytime the alarm goes off.
Last but not least, build in some accountability and a way to track progress. This could be a co-worker becoming your workout buddy, or it could be as simple as keeping an activity and food journal. Knowing you have to tell someone about that donut or writing down that you didn't go for a walk at lunch is often enough to help you make the right choice.