The Desk, the Computer, and the Healthy Body

I like to think I got lucky in my placement this year. My job strikes a nice balance between being out in the field and doing projects at the desk. There isn’t much more I could ask for.

That being said, when the time comes for me to be at my desk, I have to remember to stretch and eat balanced snacks and meals.

Gentle neck and shoulder rolls do wonders. Here are some stretches you can do that won’t scare away your co-workers. (Please be careful any time you do stretches- listen to your body for any discomfort or abnormal pain.)

  1. Sit up straight in your chair and place your feet on the floor, spaced to about your hips or shoulders. Gently grab the back of your chair and twist. Twist twice on each side.
  2. In the same starting position, lift your legs and hold. Hold for 10 seconds and place feet back on the ground. Gently roll your body over your knees and stretch your back. Carefully roll back into sitting position.
  3. If you are in an enclosed area, feel free to do a couple of flows. Start in downward dog, chaturanga, move to upward-facing dog, and back to downward dog. (I’m really struck gold- My job has a roof I can sneak out to a do a few flows when I’m stressed.)
  4. Remember to take breaks- try to take a walk during lunch. You’d be surprised how many people in the office would like to join you!

Stretching paired with healthy snacks (unsalted nuts and dried fruit, granola bar, yogurt, fresh fruit & veggies, oatmeal) and drinking a lot of water, you will find yourself feeling pretty great after sitting at the desk all day.

Author: 2birds1scone

My name is Shayla and I talk about food. A lot. I live in Brooklyn, NY where I work as a data nerd in the startup world. As much as I wish I could say I've been a healthy vegetarian for the past 8 years, I can't. I started off as many veg's do: eating primarily processed soy products, pasta, and pizza. I also brought meat back into my diet when I started a job in catering. When I realized that cutting out meat didn't make me feel any better and I was still gaining weight, I decided I needed to make some major changes. I started experimenting and researching; I found that the fresher the food was, the more I enjoyed it. I believe we are what we eat. How we feel and what we eat is so profoundly interconnected. It's impossible to exclude factors like diet and lifestyle when you are trying feel better overall. I understand how difficult eating (or just finding) healthy food can be which brings me to this blog. I aspire to help people make healthy living easier. 2birds1scone is a place for suggestions, inspiration and shared information. It's about bringing healthier perspectives to every part of your life. Please feel free to submit your thoughts and recipes! Namaste. "One choice at a time, with intention and compassion for our selves and our planet, we can eat clean and live well." -Terry Walters

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