…or work straight through, eating at your desk?
According to a BUPA study in 2015 there’s only a 29% chance of you taking a lunch break, and even then you might answer work calls or reply to emails.
Commenting on the study, Patrick Watt, a corporate director at BUPA said, “not only does this affect productivity levels, but it can have far wider implications on business performance…”
Taking a proper break helps employees to stay alert, focused, and performing at their peak.
Taking a break also helps you avoid injury and strains from the physical activity (or lack of it) involved in your job.
Bodylogiq’s Top Tips for a body-friendly lunchtime:
- Get away from your desk, by going for a short walk outside to enjoy some fresh air.
- Eat lunch in a different environment (ie. not at your desk) so you feel fresh when you return to work.
- Spend a couple of minutes taking really deep breathes. Inhale into your rib cage to help release your upper body.
- Stand up tall and have a good stretch.
- Roll your shoulders.
- Squeeze your shoulder blades together then release. This is especially useful if you do a lot of typing!
- Stand with your arms stretched out to the sides. Circle your arms making larger circles each time.
- Drink a large glass of water
Pay attention to your body as you do this and if you notice any niggly pains in your neck or back, don’t ignore them; book one of our quick body checks.