During our busy working lives it can be very easy to become glued to our desks, even when it’s lunch time. There were plenty of times at the office in London where I didn’t feel like I had time for a proper lunch break and ended up eating out of tupperware at my desk. I’m all for killing two birds with one stone and being uber productive, but we all need a break now and then.
Taking a lunch break may seem like an inconvenience at the best of times, however they are highly beneficial:
- Mindless eating is avoided – whilst you are eating and working at the same time you are not really conscious of the amount you are eating and whether you are really full.
- Vitamin D – getting out for some fresh air can be good to top up your vitamin D levels
- Feeling refreshed – getting away from your computer can be a relief to tired brains and you will return to your desk feeling invigorated and more productive
- Get moving – not only is a lunch time walk great exercise it also prevents musculoskeletal disorders and the potential of deep vein thrombosis
Currently Flexioffices are running a campaign encouraging office workers to take back their lunch break to get you ready for the rest of the afternoon at work. Some of my favourite places to visit on my lunch break whilst I was working in Ealing were quite varied and I have listed some of them below:
- Okwari – Japenese sushi resturant
- Poco Loco – café and sandwich bar
- Farm W5 – organic and fair trade food
- As Nature Intended – organic food and health food retailer
- Walpole Park – perfect for summer picnics at lunch time
At the moment only 30% of those employed in the UK take their lunch breaks, which is surprising considering the health benefits they bring and the effect that they have on your day at work. Are you ready for the #LiveYourLunchBreak challenge?
Do you make sure that you take your lunch break? What are you favourite things to do on your break from work?