Year after year East Texans set New Year’s resolutions, but those resolutions quickly fall by the wayside. The most common ones involve eating better and exercising more. This year a survey by Inc.com found 16 percent of Americans are also pledging to find new employment. Brelsford Personnel offers tips on how to keep some of the most common resolutions, whether they involve nutrition, physical activity or a complete career change.
Simple Tricks for Eating Healthy at Work
Once you get to work, your food options are limited to what you brought with you and what you can pick up on your lunch break. Nutrition is an all day, every day thing. Keep yourself on track with these tips:
- Meal prep – Spend time on Saturday or Sunday to cook and package food you’ll actually want to eat. Try a one pot meal, healthy soup, quinoa salad or something else you can munch over the course of a few days. If you don’t cook, find healthy, prepared protein, raw veggies and whole grains at the grocery store. Pack meals in individual portions so you can grab and go.
- Snack prep – You’ll be better able to resist the doughnuts in the break room if you have healthy snacks in your desk. Pack fruit, snack bags of nuts, low-fat yogurt etc.
- Have a backup plan – If you forget your lunch or don’t have time to prepare, decide now what you’ll pick up that won’t derail your diet. Try a salad from Jason’s Deli or an “enlightened” entrée from BJ’s. If you only have time for fast food, a chili from Wendy’s only has 170 calories.
Work Exercise Hacks
It’s always a good idea to park farther away and take the stairs, but there are other ways to squeeze in physical activity, even if you have a desk job. Set a timer for 30 minutes to an hour and every time it goes off, try one of the following for 60 seconds:
- Jogging in place
- Air squats
- Imaginary jump rope
If you’re stuck in your chair, strengthen your core by raising one leg at a time until it touches the underside of your desk, then repeating with the other. Also, Amazon sells an elliptical trainer that fits under your desk for easy, on-the-job cardio.
New Year, New Job
If you were among the 16 percent of Americans who resolved to find a new position, now is the time to take your first steps in that direction.
Check out the open jobs on the Brelsford Personnel website at https://www.brelsfordpersonnel.com/ . Click on “Positions” and scroll down to review the open jobs. If there are any you wish to be considered for, you may apply online by filling out an employment profile under our “Candidates” tab. We review all incoming resumes and retain them even when there’s not an immediate fit.
While you’re there, you may also want to visit our “Resources” page, where you’ll find resume writing advice, dress code guidelines, interview tips and other tools that might help you in your job search.