Healthy Practice Managers, Healthy Practice

As rheumatology practice managers, our goal is to run a thriving practice so we can better serve our patients and improve their health. The ironic part is that doing our job well requires sitting at a desk for the bulk of the day, which isn’t the best habit for our own health! Long hours in a chair can lead to heart disease, weight gain, and lethargy. When you think about how much time you spend sitting even when you’re not at work—driving, watching television, or eating dinner—it’s a wonder we remember how to walk at all!

Luckily, there are several things we can do to help us stay healthy on the job. The best part? Most of these things can be done at your desk or over the course of an average work day. By implementing a few small changes, you’ll soon see big results. Kick off your new healthy lifestyle with the following three tips.

  1. Stay hydrated.

    Drinking more water is a great habit to develop while you’re at your desk. Even mild dehydration can cause moodiness and fatigue, which will quickly affect your work. Keep a large water bottle on your desk, and aim to drink approximately eight glasses of water each day. If you worried that will lead to too many trips to the restroom, don’t! All that extra walking is a great way to make progress on the FitBit challenge.

  2. Go for a walk at lunch.

    Pack a well-balanced lunch (which will save money and calories) and eat it at your desk while you work. Then, use your lunch break to get outside and go for a brisk walk. Invite a co-worker along and burn some calories while you gossip about office drama. Getting your blood pumping is also a great way to combat the post-lunch slump, and much healthier than yet another cup of coffee.

  3. Sit up straight.

    Mom always said good posture is important, and she was right! Unfortunately, many modern computer desks aren’t designed with your spine in mind. Trade in your old chair for an ergonomic model, and make sure your computer screen is raised high enough that you don’t need to twist your neck at an unnatural angle to see the screen. Keep your ears in line with your shoulders, uncross your legs, and stand up at least once an hour. You’ll sit better and feel better in no time.

Do you have any tried-and-true tips or tricks for a healthier shift at your desk? If so, share then on NORM’s Facebook page and let’s stay fit together!

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