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Are You Ruining Your Health at Work?

By Sara Butler

Americans spend a lot of time at work. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Americans spend an average of 9.4 hours per day at work -- and that adds up to way more than 40 hours per week. It might not be a coincidence that in the United States, more people are carrying around extra pounds and aren't as happy as they used to be. These long workdays may be contributing to bad choices that have a big impact on your health and wellness. Here are a few mistakes you may be making at work and how to fix them before they ruin your health.

You Don't Take Your Lunch Break

How many days do you find yourself eating at your desk through lunch just so you can squeeze in a little more time on your latest project? Taking your lunch at your desk as you work gets in the way of your enjoyment of your lunch as well as giving your brain a much-needed break.

Make sure you take your full lunch break away from your desk when you can. Leave your office and eat outside when the weather is nice and even squeeze in a quick walk around the block. If you can do that, then chances are you can boost your mood and your energy levels to help you make it through the rest of the day.

You Have a Mid-Afternoon Coffee

How many afternoons do you find your energy level waning and remedy it with yet another cup of coffee? You probably need this afternoon boost because you're bored or sleepy and a sweet drink with a little punch of caffeine is what you think you need to power through.

The problem with this strategy is that it's terrible for your health and sets you up for a big crash later on. You'd be much better off filling up your water bottle when you feel a little tired and sip while you take a quick stroll outside or even around your office. This can help to give you the energy you need to make it to quitting time.

You Don't Take Breaks

Many people neglect to take breaks when they're at work or they don't take as many as you should. If your lunch break is the only time you pause during your day, then you need to implement a new strategy. You should set an alarm on your phone or computer that reminds you to get up and move once per hour for just a few minutes. Get up out of your chair, stretch, and just get out of the position you've been sitting in for a while.

You have no choice but to work, but it doesn't have to ruin your health in the process!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Downey, Calif.

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