Budgeting for your health
It’s no secret that the working day can sometimes prove arduous, both physically and mentally. But this isn’t the only health struggle affecting modern professionals. You could also be at risk of weight gain and back pain, with experts reiterating that we should prioritise looking after ourselves at work. The only problem is, this can prove costly – or so you might think.
Looking after your health needn’t mean expensive lunches from healthy eateries, or pricey gym memberships for post-work exercise. Here are some handy suggestions that can help you budget for your health.
Pound the pavements
Walking is a great way to stimulate both your body and mind, as it can improve circulation and combat tiredness, setting you up for the day ahead. That’s a whole lot cheaper than your morning coffee. Plus, if you live close enough to your office, walking (or even cycling) to work, instead of taking a bus or taxi, could save you a good deal of money, too.
Skip the bottled drinks
If you quench your thirst with bottles of water, fizzy drinks or juice from the nearest shop, why not try bringing in your own drink from home? By investing in a bottle with a filter, you can carry fresh water with you wherever you go: simply fill it up using the canteen tap. You could even add things like cucumber, strawberries and mint to infuse the water with invigorating flavours.
Bring your own lunch
What we consume can play an important part in determining our productivity levels and overall performance at work. In fact, neglecting nutrition can spark headaches, lethargy and low concentration levels. One of the simplest solutions can be to make your own healthy lunches at home. This way, you can tailor the ingredients to optimise productivity, as well as nourish your body. And just think about how much money you could save instead of grabbing something from the nearest fast food restaurant.
Invest in workplace healthcare
With musculoskeletal problems and mental illness making up two major causes of long-term absenteeism, investing in a company wellbeing package (such as the Benenden Business Healthcare package) could save a surprising amount of money in the long-run. As an employer, having the means to manage the health of your workforce in an affordable way means staff are more likely to get back into work quicker and, more importantly, healthier. And as an employee, being covered by your company’s healthcare plan can reduce the costs you may have incurred with private professionals, and could prevent a loss of income due to long-term absenteeism.
Exercise for free
The outdoors is free, which means that when it comes to exercise, you could eliminate your gym expenses. Head outside at lunchtime, before work or after work for a run, and you may find your body and mind will thank you. Just like with walking (but on a larger scale) running can release a surge of energy that will keep you feeling motivated and uplifted throughout the day. If you’re struggling to map a nearby route, why not take a look at the tried and tested courses on websites like Sweatshop’s ‘Run Hub’ and Map My Run.
This article was first published on 19th April 2016.
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