FQ’s tips to being healthier at work

2 February 2016
By Fashion Quarterly

Follow these health tips to feel less sluggish and stressed at work.

From healthy snacking suggestions to cutting down on caffeine, here are FQ’s tips to being fit and healthy at work.

“My favourite quick, filling and healthy lunch option for work is scrambled eggs done in the microwave with toast. Just make up the scrambled egg mix in a bowl with milk like you normally would, then microwave for 1 minute – stir – then keep microwaving in 10 or 20 second increments until the eggs are done. Too easy!”
– Lucy Slight, features editor

“It’s easy to forget to keep hydrated when you’re slammed with emails all day or heading in and out of meetings. To save yourself laborious trips to the water cooler every half hour, keep a large water jug or 1L refillable bottle on your desk – you’ll be surprised at how easy it is to consume 2L of water per day when it’s sitting right next to you.”
– Phoebe Watt, features writer

“If you tend to crave sweet treats to get you through that mid-afternoon slump, try adding a spoonful of peanut or almond butter to your slices of apple or celery sticks instead. You’ll definitely be less inclined to hit the snack machine for a high-calorie chocolate bar. Homemade bliss balls are also great – make a batch on Sunday evening (there’s a great recipe here) and pack one or two in with your lunch each day.”
– Kelly McAuliffe, digital editor

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“Buy a selection of delicious herbal teas to keep at your desk and use them as a substitute for coffee when you need a pick-me-up. Just the action of taking a few minutes to walk to the kitchen and make the tea is enough to give you a little kick of energy.”
– Tyla McKenzie, fashion & editorial assistant

“If you feel stress starting to build, one of the best things you can do is just breathe. Sit at your desk and take five full deep breaths in and out, concentrating on filling and emptying your lungs completely each time. It’s a simple act that does wonders for calming you down when things get crazy.”
– Marcel Gull, creative director

“I find that exercising in the morning before work really sets the tone for the rest of my day – I feel energized, my concentration levels are better and I am ready to tackle my daily to-dos head on! I usually run but even a 10 minute brisk walk around the block is enough to get your blood pumping. If weather is an issue, you can always do a quick 15-minute HIIT workout in your living room (we recently posted one here). ”
– Sally-Ann Mullin, editor

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