You’ve graduated college, landed a job + have established your weekly routine, ++ you’re finally beginning to feel [somewhat] settled in to this *post-grad* lifestyle. However, an aspect of the corporate//office lifestyle that poses a challenge — maintaining your healthy habits. You may have heard before that it’s *typical* to stray from your usual health + wellness routine [daily sweat seshes, weekly trips to the grocery store, etc.], + feel pressured to give into temptations at the office//from co-workers. Let me tell you, the temptation is real.
*One-time* decisions like working late, skipping meal prep, eating out, + accepting a happy hour invite can quickly become a regular part of your routine in the post-grad world. You don’t want to totally give up on your healthy habits, but you also don’t want to miss out on bonding with your co-workers. ++ You don’t [+ shouldn’t!] have to give up either! Try out these tips to get the best of both worlds:
1] DON’T SKIP BREAKFAST
Coming to work hungry will not only make office treats [muffins, donuts + bagels galore] more tempting to dig into, but it will also make focusing on your work more difficult. Make sure you have time to enjoy a hearty breakfast before commuting to the office, or have something prepared to bring along if you’re running behind. We love overnight oats for this very reason ; ).
2] SCHEDULE CONSISTENT TRIPS TO THE STORE
Pencil in grocery trips in your planner as you would for meetings, dates, events, etc. Regular trips to the store will keep your pantry + fridge full of healthy options to use for making lunches + eliminate the need to order out for lunch. Bonus — Homemade meals are much cheaper than eating out—$8 here + there adds up quickly!
3] BRING YOUR OWN LUNCH 4 DAYS A WEEK
Now that you’ve established a set date//time for grocery shopping every week + you’re all stocked up to make lunches every day. Try switching up meals week-to-week to keep your menu interesting + reduce temptation to order food out of boredom.
4] JOIN THE #6AMCREW
Best way to make sure you get in your daily #sweatsesh? Join the 6am crew + get your workout in before heading to the office. This way, if unexpected events//long days at the office do happen, you’re all set for the day + don’t have to miss a workout.
5] KEEP A HEALTHY SNACK STASH
When emergency hunger strikes + you’ve already eaten lunch, a snack stash at your desk comes in handy. Nuts, protein bars, + homemade bars, bites + mason jar snacks are all great, quick options to keep at your desk or in the fridge at work.
6] STAY HYDRATED
Drink up! Keeping a water bottle at your desk will remind you to drink water throughout the day, helping to subside those cravings to snack + make you feel more full. Drinking more water also means more bathroom trips + more opportunity to get up + move around — always a plus ; ).
7] CHOOSE LIGHTER HAPPY HOUR OPTIONS
You can’t always turn down happy hour! We all need to let loose sometimes, especially after a long work week. Make a compromise by opting for a lighter alcoholic beverage + bringing a snack to much on rather than ordering greasy appetizers.
8] PLAN AHEAD
While last-minute plans happen, try your best to schedule ahead of time so you are prepared + know which days you should get in an early sweat sesh, when to pack a lunch, etc. Staying one step ahead will always help in the long run!
Life is about balance, + while it may take some time to find that balance, you will get there!
+xo Natalie [@natalie_inchaarg], VirtCHAARG // Grand Rapids