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Healthy Tips To Be Happier At Work

After years of sitting in front of your computer and/or working from home, you may realize the lack of exercise you get and the need to be around real, walking, and talking people. Working from home usually entails just getting out of bed and hopping into the work chair and starting the routine over and over again.
 
When this happens, most of the day is spent sitting! This could end up being bad for your health. So what do you do? The first thing could include some changes to your working style – how about a standing desk for starters? Not only that, a few other changes here or there could positively affect your life moving forward.
 

1. Say Goodbye to Your Chair!
 
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Standing desks are becoming more widely accepted and you can definitely search for different styles online.
 

2. Get the Best Out of Your Commute
 
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If you don’t work from home, commuting is a great way to get some exercise into your day. This can mean getting off at a further bus stop so you force yourself to walk more – this can be done on the way home as well. But what if you drive? The same notion applies, you just need to find a further parking spot.
 

3. Keep Healthy Snacks at Hand
 
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If you have a kitchen in the office, it’s easy to prepare and store healthy snacks instead of ordering in every meal. If you have a grocery store nearby, pick up items that are easy to take to work and are easily stored, for instance, walnuts and granola bars. When you feel the sudden hunger pangs, just reach for something healthy in your drawer instead of opting for a sweet treat from the nearest vending machine!
 

4. Find Someone at Work to Accompany You to Your Workouts
 
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If you have coworkers who are like-minded, they won’t mind having company when working out. For women, it could mean another person to go to yoga with, or for males, no need to find another person to spot you when you’re on the bench press. The goal is to stay active and remain healthy.
 

5. Drink Lots of Green Tea
 
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If you have a kettle in the office, this is a breeze! If you buy tea from a café, it may cost a lot of money and sipping on lattes all day long may keep you awake all night. The best thing is to keep a mug and a box of green tea at your desk and when you get that craving for caffeine, just dip that tea bag and sip away!
 

6. The Workspace; A Reflection of Your Style
 
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Your possessions and your work environment should reflect you inner style and should continue to be an inspiration for you. That’s even after long hours of work; you’ll look around yourself with a smile rather than hoping to be somewhere else! You should find a lamp that is a reflection of your style in its own way because the lighting is extremely important to make you feel comfortable while working late nights at the office.
 

 

Popcorn vs. Chips: Which One’s Healthier?

Our craving for snacks can sometimes be worse at work than at home, leading us to gobble down snacks without considering their nutritional value. Add to that the sedentary nature of some jobs and the risks of having snacks in the workplace go way higher.
 
So, what if we can’t live without snacks? Next time, you feel like munching on something at your desk, try replacing your bag of potato chips with popcorn instead. Need to know why? Read on to find out.
 
Higher Protein Content
 
An ounce of regular potato chips has 1.8 grams of protein and a total of 152 calories. In contrast, an ounce of popcorn has 3.6 grams of protein and a total of 128 calories. Air-popped popcorn is the best. Popping it in oil or microwaving it, however, raises the calorie count of the popcorn.
 
Great With Your Weight-Loss Plan!
 
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If you’re on a weight loss plan, popcorn seems to be the perfect snack to have at the workplace. A cup of air-popped popcorn only has 31 calories. Now you can munch away guilt-free at work without putting on any extra weight!
 
Healthy Whole Grains
 

A whole grain such as popcorn is a good source of dietary fiber. Grains are also rich in antioxidants, as much as fruits and vegetables. According to a 2012 study conducted at the University of Scranton, one serving of popcorn provides a greater quantity of polyphenols, a type of antioxidant, than a serving of fruits or sweet corn.
 
A Versatile Snack
 
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Want to spice it up? Then have it your way! And if you want the snack to be a bit more filling, you can also add butter to popcorn. A versatile snack such as popcorn can be had in many ways, according to your taste. So even if you’re bored of eating the same lunch at work everyday, it’s time to treat yourself with something different. How about trying a new flavor of popcorn?
 
Satiates Hunger
 

Air-popped popcorn, as the name suggests, is mostly air and hence it is highly effective in making you feel full. You can have it in between meals to keep you from binge eating. A study published in 2012 in the ‘Nutrition Journal’ noted that 6 cups of popcorn has less calories than a cup of chips.
 
Gluten Free
 
Popcorn is gluten free. Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley, rye and processed foods. Processed foods, containing gluten include snacks such as potato chips, pretzels or tortilla chips. Gluten can cause health problems for people with wheat allergy.
 
Since popcorn does not have gluten, it’s a better snack to have at work.
 
You can even use it in place of croutons in salad. You can also substitute breadcrumbs in fried products with finely ground popcorn just to make your lunch ideas more interesting. Oh, the versatility!
 
An Inexpensive Snack
 
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Last but not the least; popcorn is one of the least expensive snacks available, coming in at just 19 cents an ounce.
 
What’s Next?
 
With so many ways to have popcorn, without compromising your diet, popcorn is definitely the better choice versus potato chips. So, the next time you feel boredom at work or at home, grab a cup of popcorn and forget your worries!

 

 

Facebook’s New Product: “Facebook at Work”

Certainly, we all have static perceptions in our minds regarding various brands. Let’s take Facebook for example. What is the first thing about Facebook that comes into your mind? Most probably, “an online platform of my friends.” Wait! What about colleagues? Undoubtedly, that’s LinkedIn!
 
Keeping the general perception of its brand name in consideration, Facebook aims to turn its “time-waster for idle employees” perception to “something professional, something sophisticated.” Though this may seem quite surprising to many, the fact is that Facebook is coming up with its new feature of social networking for its corporate users.
 
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The Hype about “Facebook at Work”
 
The newest product, “Facebook at Work” will enable users to have chat/conversations with their colleagues. Furthermore, this option will help them connect with other professionals, build contacts, collaborate over professional documents, and network.
 
The online platform is specifically designed to compete with other online products which are catered to the corporate segment. The list of these competing products includes Google, Microsoft, LinkedIn, and Salesforce.
 
Users of Facebook will be maintaining personal accounts which will be separate from their work accounts. Though the work account is something new for all users, there still is something familiar: newsfeed and groups in the work accounts will be like the ones you see in your personal Facebook account.
This is one of the reasons why rolling out in the “Facebook at Work” feature will be quite easier for its users. This also indicates that companies providing their employees access to the new Facebook product will not have to worry about user adoption.
 
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The Current Scenario
 
It has been revealed that Facebook at Work will run on all online platforms. This includes the Web, Android, and IOS. This new product is being developed by the London office of Facebook.
 
To start off flawlessly in the social networking arena, Facebook has been testing its product with other companies already. Since there is a lot of potential which lies within this cool platform, we can expect that it could definitely rival Microsoft Office Suite, Yammer, and Google Drive.
 
Facebook wants to show it to the world how its employees actually work!
 
According to a previous employee, “Every employee of Facebook has been using Facebook quite professionally, i.e. by focusing on work itself. So, it is quite a natural phenomenon to expose the real way of working, collaborating with colleagues, and involving in work activities.” The Facebook group of every team is synchronized with the HR database along with built in authentication security. Previously, Facebook had seen a lot of criticisms related to facing failure to protect its users’ privacy. Now, the social networking giant is still there to face the challenge in terms of helping employees work effectively on Facebook.