If you’re like many adult’s or young adults you may be living a sedentary life style, stuck at a desk for 8-10 hours a day and maybe a few more hours every night. All this time behind a desk adds up and makes it nearly impossible to juggle all the daily necessities yet alone lead a healthy life style. What if you could modify how you do a few of these actives and end up feeling much better? Sounds easy, because it is!
Sleep, we have all experienced the alarm clocking ringing and feeling like we feel asleep a whopping 20 minutes ago. If this is your current situation, you need to prioritize sleep. Knowing that a lack of sleep can lead to poor work ethic, depression, obesity and multiple other issues, Men and Women 18+ should be aiming for 7-9 hours of sleep according to the National Sleep Foundation. If you’re like many of us who use electronics be we fall asleep, we recommend wearing our Bleu Light Blocking Glasses 60-90 minutes before your targeted bed time (for more information please view our previous blog).
Breakfast, are you running out the door with your stomach growling? You can’t build a house on a weak foundation and that is how your need to address your nutrition for the day, how can you expect to have a productive day if you’re already starting out in the hole? Skip that bagel and coffee, try making breakfast meals in advanced not only will this save time and money but this will be much more nutritionally valuable then the anything you’ll end up buying. A few of my favorites.
Water, if you’re getting the recommend 7-9 hours and still feeling tired, water could be the culprit. The feeling of being fatigued can be an early sign of dehydration. “The Institute of Medicine (IOM) currently recommends that men should drink at least 104 ounces of water per day, which is 13 cups. They say women should drink at least 72 ounces, which is 9 cups. Even still, the answer to exactly how much water you should drink isn’t so simple” (healthline ). A trick we recommend at Bleu is if you’re are going to be in front of your computer for an extended amount of time, pop open the sticky notes function and keep track of how many bottles/glasses you have drank . You can even set a goal’s of when you want to be done with x number of ounces or bottles.
Posture, are you sitting at a desk that is inadequate for your body type? Similar to building our foundation we have to make sure our work station is built correctly. First, we need to make sure our monitor is at eye level, if you’re stuck hunched over a laptop all day try raising your laptop up with either a stack of books or building a rather inexpensive stand. This will take strain off our neck and shoulders. Next, you’ll need to find a chair that allows you to sit with your shoulders relaxed, sitting up tall and forearms parallel to the ground and key board. Give these a try and see if this improves how you feel at the end of the day.
Standing, after sitting for a few hours, do your first few steps resemble the robot? If you can relate to this you might want to try standing up throughout the day. At first this will feel foreign, set yourself a schedule on your computer to stand up and talk on the phone for 15 minutes every hour. See if your employer will allow you to purchase or compensate you for buying a blue tooth headset. If possible, we recommend looking into a desk that can be raised to the standing position, “Stand-capable desks have been shown to successfully reduce sedentary behavior in the modern office"(Taylor&FrancisOnline)
Lunch, are you over that 2o’clock feeling, kick that processed burger to the curb! When picking our lunch, we should be sticking to the lighter options such as fruits, vegetables, fish, soups and small amounts of chicken. This doesn’t mean we should be eating that taco salad the size of our head. Stay away from anything packed full of sugars and fats this is what will put us to sleep an hour or so after lunch. If you’re usually crunched for time during lunch we would recommend preparing a healthy option beforehand. A few favorites.
Set a goal of doing one of these a week and in no time, you’ll be feeling much better. Remember to set yourself up with a good foundation for the day ahead and nothing is out of reach. Any question’s regarding when to wear your Bleu Light Blocking Glasses please contact our 24/7 customer service.