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5 habits to make your workday healthier

Are you looking to make your workday healthier? Use these tips to add some healthy habits to your workday routine.

1. Start your day with breakfast

Eating breakfast fuels your body and brain so you can concentrate better at work. 

Try these great breakfast recipe ideas!

2. Pack your lunch more often

  • Bring your lunch from home as often as possible to make healthier choices and save money.

Check out these healthy lunch ideas for work.

3. Choose healthy snacks

  • Pack snacks or keep some at work so you don’t have to rely on vending machine or convenience store snacks.
  • Stock drawers with whole grain crackers and cereal, plain popcorn and small portions of unsalted nuts.
  • If you have a fridge at work, stock it with nutritious snacks such as fruit, vegetables, lower fat cheese and yogurt, cottage cheese, milk, fortified soy beverages and hummus.

Try these great healthy snack ideas.

4. Stay active at work

Being more active can increase energy levels, lower stress and help manage your weight. Find small ways to add more movement into your day.

  • Walk down the hall to talk to a co-worker.
  • Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
  • Start a walking club or join your workplace gym.

Try these other ideas for getting active at work.

5. Energize your day the healthy way!

  • Drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated helps you fight fatigue and stay alert. Bring a reusable water bottle to refill over the day. Try adding lemon, cucumber or mint to your water to add a burst of flavour. Remember to limit caffeinated drinks.
  • If you’re hungry, have a small healthy snack to keep you going. Try not to eat while you are distracted. Take the time to focus on enjoying your snack so you don’t end up eating more.
  • Take a break from your work. Stand up and stretch or head outside for some fresh air.   

Bottom line

With a little planning, having healthy habits at work can help you feel your best. Need more inspiration to make healthy choices at work? Speak to a Registered Dietitian by calling EatRight Ontario at 1-877-510-510-2 or send us an email

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Last Update – October 12, 2016

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