How to Make the Most Out of Your Lunch Break
Everyone gets a lunch break, but what exactly do you do with yours?
Sure, you probably eat a meal, kick back and then go right back to work, or you may not take a break at all. The question is: Are you really getting the most benefit you can out of your lunch break?
If you are tired of just sitting at your desk, waiting for the hour to pass by, here are some simple tips on how you can spend your lunch time more effectively.
Divide the Hour
Since most of us get about an hour for lunch each day, why not divide up your time so you have more room to be productive?
Spend 30 minutes eating your lunch, go for a walk, or take 15 minutes to walk on the treadmill at your company’s gym.
Just taking a nice walk outside, or doing some brief exercises, will give you some mental clarity and help you feel re-energized.
Don’t Stuff Your Face
Heavy lunches that sit in your belly for hours upon hours won’t make your day more productive. Instead of stuffing your face with a fattening cheeseburger and fries, or a three course menu, it’s best to choose healthier, slightly smaller portions.
You want to eat a lunch that leaves you feeling satisfied, but that doesn’t encourage you to take a nap. A lunch that is high in lean adequate protein and fiber, (like BistroMD’s Mediterranean Chicken), will not only satisfy your hunger longer and keep you feeling full, but will give you healthy natural energy so you can get through the rest of your work day.
If you like to snack, something high in protein and lower in fat is a good option. If you don’t have any protein bars handy, there are some other simple snack alternatives you can try.
Unsalted cashews, nuts and pistachios are good options, as well as Greek yogurt mixed with fruit.
Instead of eating lunch at your desk, which is what many people do, change the scenery and enjoy your lunch outdoors or in a different place.
Bring a spare blanket in your car, and have a picnic with co-workers outside under a tree. If you live in the big city, hop on a search engine and look for a local park. Or, look for healthier restaurants near you and meet a friend.
A change in scenery will help you get refreshed before you dive back into work.
Utilize Your Office
If you can’t get out of the office, then make the most of it.
Bring an exercise ball and after you eat, do a few basic exercises. Do some crunches or dips, or just go for a stroll and socialize with a few of your co-workers. If you work for a larger company, pay a visit to some of your friends on other floors, but take the stairs instead of the elevator.
If you don’t have an exercise ball, you can also use the edge of your desk to do exercises, like dips.
For more tips from our experts, please visit our healthy facts section for more information.
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