I apologize in advance for the cynicism, but when I think of the irreversible damage our sedentary, tech-centric office lifestyles are having on our health, I panic. And for good reason: Prolonged sitting has been linked to everything from increased hunger, inflammation, high blood pressure, and high blood sugar to joint pain, muscle soreness, and obesity.
Now for the good news: There are many things you can do throughout the day to temper the negative side effects of sitting or lying down for the majority of the day, including stretching, doing an office lap every 30 minutes, purchasing a standing desk, and snacking on the right foods.
More specifically, Eat This, Not That reports that you should stock up on anti-inflammatory foods like avocados, berries, nuts, and pineapple if you sit at a desk all day. It also recommends adding olive oil, turmeric, garlic, green tea, flaxseeds, and fatty fish like salmon into your daily diet, although these ingredients may be slightly more difficult to incorporate at the office.
These ingredients may help to "diminish some of the health risks associated with sitting," says Eat This, Not That. "A number of nutrients have been shown to fight inflammation by 'turning off' inflammatory genes. … These recommended foods [will] help ease some of the damage of your 9-to-5 and you'll be on your way to a leaner, healthier you."
Head over to Eat This, Not That for the full list of anti-inflammatory foods, and tell us how you stay healthy at the office.