Tips to Make Your Business Healthy and Sustainable
Sustainability is all the rage these days and, for once, it is a meaningful debate. In the infodemic of our times, it is good to see that something that really matters has surfaced.
It should be easy for everyone to understand that a healthy lifestyle cannot possibly be a bad idea, but if you add to that the fact that the planet can’t tolerate consumerism much longer, you’ll maybe find further inspiration to make your business healthy and sustainable.
Let’s take a look at some tips.
Stay in Motion
It’s not rocket science that a sedentary lifestyle should be avoided at all costs, but how is it to be achieved for office workers?
Well, for one thing, acquire standing desks and for another – stay in motion. Take the stairs instead of the elevator, walk to work (and to everywhere else, for that matter), work out or ride a bicycle.
Of course, for many people, there are situations when driving can’t be avoided, but this can also be more eco-friendly. Buy an EV and take advantage of the EV federal incentives. Not only will it save you money, but it will also contribute to a healthier planet.
Come Up With Better Goals
Setting goals is always a good idea and there’s no way why it would be different in this matter. Set OKRs to help you track the progress of the steps you’re undertaking on the way towards a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle.
While different people will need to track different milestones, there are still some steps that are universal. Here are some ideas on what to include in your OKRs:
- Taking regular breaks
You should absolutely make an effort to not skip breaks, even when there’s too much work to do. Not only are regular breaks essential for your health, but they are also crucial for productivity. Simply staying at work and not making any progress isn’t worth the trouble anyway.
- Eating a Healthy Diet
Of course, this plan shouldn’t be applied only to work, but it can start from there. Make sure to eat a balanced diet that includes all nutrients necessary: fruit, vegetables, whole grains and, if you’re not vegan, low-fat dairy products, and lean meat.
- Ditching Unhealthy Snacks for Fruit
Put a bowl with fresh fruit on the desk! In this way, whenever you need a snack, there’ll be a healthy one handy.
- Stretching Your Muscles Every Once in a While
Take a short break to stretch your muscles or do a light workout whenever you need it and make it a habit. You’d be surprised how much difference mere 5 minutes can make when you’re sitting too much.
Add other OKRs as you see fit, but remember to track the progress and stick to the predefined dynamics.
Look at Your Office Space
When it comes to your office, it can always be improved. Honestly, just changing the wall colors can make a whole lot of a difference in a matter of seconds. Light and calming colors have a beneficial effect on the mood, and the same applies to proper lighting.
Remember to open the windows and let more natural light in and bring some office plants. Also, personalize your space a bit. Add a picture of a loved one or a decorative item that will light up your mood. You should be able to relax at the office, so think about the small things that can help you achieve that goal.
As mentioned before, where applicable, it is a good idea to have a standing desk as it can prevent leg cramps, back pain, and neck pain. When this is not possible, remember to stretch your muscles and take a walk from time to time.
Educate Yourself Online
Nowadays, much and more can be found online and this matter is no exception. There are, in fact, so many eLearning options that it would be a pity not to use at least some of them.
Look up forums, specialized magazines, and online courses and learn more about leading a healthy and sustainable lifestyle. You can even subscribe to daily tips and exchange opinions with like-minded people on social media groups or forums.
Everything considered, there are many simple things you can do to achieve a healthy lifestyle. It really isn’t difficult to always have a banana handy and to eat “proper” food. For many people, staying in motion is the most difficult part as they’re either used to driving everywhere or they think they don’t have enough free time to exercise regularly.
If you can use the company gym, don’t miss this opportunity. There are also other ways to keep moving more without needing too much time. For example, you can ride a bicycle to the store or the office when the weather is nice.
Finally, setting OKRs will help you to keep track of the milestones. Once you start following your progress, you’ll become happier seeing how your life is changing for the better bit by bit.
Overall, think about things that will make you happier – after all, that’s all that this life is about!