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Healthy Items For Your Desk

4 Items That Help Create a Healthy Workspace

So, there are a lot of reasons why work leads to weight gain, but being chained to a desk for eight hours a day doesn't mean you have to give up on being healthy. Read on for a few items you should keep at your desk to keep motivated to stay healthy.

Healthy snacks. Desk dining may sometimes mean mindless eating, but if your stomach is grumbling during the afternoon you don't want to be encouraged to answer the call of the vending machine. Keep packets of trail mix, nuts, or protein bars in your desk for a quick snack that'll keep you on the right track. Even better: eating your snack away from your desk so you can concentrate on appreciating your food and not overeating.

Gym extras. If you go to the gym from work, it helps to keep a rotation of heavy-use workout gear stashed away in case you forget to pack something. If you have an older pair of gym sneakers, keep them at your office, along with socks, sports bra, and other workout essentials in case you forget.


Read on for more healthy desk suggestions!

Water bottle. It'll remind you to stay hydrated and can hold enough to encourage you to keep drinking all day long. And when it's time to refill, use that as your cue to take a break from your desk for a few minutes.

Extra motivation. If that gym bag lurking under your desk isn't enough to get you going, then try keeping something else that motivates you, like a stock of the latest magazines that you can only read while jogging on the treadmill or a favorite fitness quote to remind yourself of your daily health goals.

What healthy items do you keep at your desk?

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Join The Conversation
BethRodriguez BethRodriguez 5 years
I have a physio ball in my office. I sit on it much of the day to keep good posture and can close the door for a few minutes for a stretch or ab series when I'm feeling especially lethargic.
SaraNoH SaraNoH 5 years
I like to keep Fitsugar open on a tab :)
TiVo TiVo 5 years
My spiced chia decaf tea helps to keep me from munching on junk around the office. It may not totally stop it, but it helps.
ticamorena ticamorena 5 years
I keep water, a box of herbal teas and a thermos (no milk, no sugar/sweeteners), a carrot peeler (i eat min. two whole carrots a day), one thing I would really really like is a large picture of an outdoor scene eg the coast/beach, forests, mountains.
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