While most of us have to spend the majority of the workday sitting in a desk chair, that doesn’t mean we can’t keep ourselves healthy as we do so. It can be easy to fall into an unhealthy rut at work—especially if you find yourself to be a creature of habit. However, you can break your bad habits by replacing them with good ones. We’ve compiled three ways that you can begin changing your routine so that you can stay healthy in the workplace.

Monitor Your Diet

One of the best ways to stay healthy is to keep track of your diet and make sure that you’re eating the right things. While this can be difficult due to constant temptations around the office, the key thing to remember is that you need to practice moderation. It’s okay to enjoy the occasional baked good, but you also need to balance it with healthier options, such as salads and fruit.

You should also be drinking plenty of water throughout the day and restricting your caffeine intake. Generally, office-goers get engrossed in their work and forget to regularly drink water, but it’s crucial that you drink enough to remain hydrated. When your body needs water, primary calorie-burning functions begin to slow down, and you become sluggish as a result. Limiting your caffeine intake to once a day will also help you avoid the afternoon crash.

Practice Good Posture

As we slouch at our desks every day, core, back, and neck muscles become weaker because we aren’t using them. In order to maintain proper posture, you’re going to need to practice aligning your back and neck and holding them in that position for an extended period of time. This process is going to take a conscious effort because your body is going to want to resort to the position that it’s used to. However, once you make it a routine, you will feel more energized and your improved posture will prevent the onset of joint aches and pains.

Manage Your Stress

This method is often easier said than done. However, due to the fact that stress affects the body in several ways, it’s imperative that you figure out an effective way to control your stress levels. Prolonged exposure to stress can result in the slowing down of your brain function, leading to things like fatigue and eventual exhaustion. Stress can also begin to cause problems with your major respiratory and cardiovascular systems. Discovering a relaxation method that works for you along with taking regular breaks from your work to refresh your mind are imperative.

Denise Lockwood has an extensive background in traditional and non-traditional media. She has written for Patch.com, the Milwaukee Business Journal, Milwaukee Magazine and the Kenosha News.