Lunch and Snack HabitsControlling portions and calorie counts can be a challenge if most of your food intake during the workday is from takeout. Over half (54 percent) of workers go out to eat instead of packing a lunch at least once a week, and a quarter (24 percent) eat out three or more times a week. Eight percent say they eat lunch out of the vending machine at least once a week, while 70 percent of workers snack during the day.Exercise HabitsWhile over half of workers feel they are overweight, three in five (59 percent) say they work out on a regular basis, with 45 percent hitting the gym at least three times a week. Forty-two percent of workers get their workout in after clocking out for the day, compared to 16 percent working out before going to the office and 8 percent exercising during lunch. Thirty percent say they exercise, but not regularly, and 11 percent don't exercise at all.
- Take Walks - Get off the bus or train at an earlier stop and walk the remaining distance. Take the stairs at work, go for a stroll on your lunch hour, walk over to someone's desk instead of sending an email – the key is to increase activity throughout the day.
- Stay Hydrated – Drinking water not only makes you feel full, it can also help cut down on calories from sugary drinks.
- Pack a Lunch - Packing your lunch is an easy way to choose a healthy option and control your portion sizes.
- Try Fruit or Veggies - Keep some of your favorite healthy snacks in the break room refrigerator so you'll be less tempted to go to the vending machine.
- Keep a Food Journal – It helps you keep track of calories and identify peak snacking times, so you can modify behavior.