How do you spend your lunch break? Are you hunched over your keyboard chowing down on a sandwich? Or are you on the phone trying to sneak in bites while the other person talks? Both ways are common, and both ways are too sedate. Instead of working through lunch, take a walk to an area bistro, even if it’s just once or twice week. Here’s why getting up and out is good for your health:
Skip Sitting. Besides burning extra calories, a short walk to lunch does something even better: gets you out of your chair! More and more reports about the dangers of sitting too long are emerging, and the outlook is bleak. Those who sit for extended periods have lower life expectancies, larger bottoms and slower metabolisms. Ditch the seat for an hour and get some fresh air!
Eat Fewer Calories. A survey in Britain found that people who regularly eat at their desks consume more calories and snacks than those who dine out. The ones who dined at their desk ate more than 1,200 calories during a working day. 1,200 calories? There’s almost no room left for breakfast or dinner.But remember, dining out could easily make the calories add up fast. Think lean proteins like chicken and fish, and eat lots of veggies. Keep the condiments and dressing on the side and replace your soda with water.
Chill Out. Your walk to lunch is more than a mini sweat session – it helps you to relax. A study in the Academy of Management Journal found that employees who work through lunch tend to be more burned out and less productive than workers who do relaxing activities during their meal break. Convince a friend to leave her computer and have a fun and relaxing lunch together!
See what happens to your health when you leave the office and eat out!