If you often find yourself making excuses to coworkers or yourself about why you can’t get away from your desk for lunch, you’re not alone! According to a Right Management survey* of 1,023 workers, 28% said they seldom, if ever, take a break for lunch, and 39% of those workers say they do, but usually stay at their desk.
We have partnered with an expert in this field, Kim Cox, health coach at Benefit Wellness in Plain City, Ohio, to shed some light on the drawbacks of this habit and to provide some suggestions on how to break out of this habit to improve your health.
Sitting for too long at a sedentary job can contribute to health problems from head to toe, including heart disease, strained neck and back, tight hips, disk damage, and poor circulation in the legs. Another downside of skipping lunch is you may be inclined to binge later in the day and make poor food choices for snacks from a vending machine or fast food dinners.
Kim suggests compartmentalizing and building in time for intended breaks and lunch during your work day.
Here are some of the benefits of taking time for yourself and for lunch:
- You can improve your digestive health by getting up and taking a few steps away from your desk throughout the day.
- You will feel fuller throughout the day if you slow down to eat lunch, rather than eating on the run or quickly while completing e-mails or other projects.
- It will be easier to re-focus and start fresh after taking a break from your work.
- As the weather warms up, get outside on your lunch break. Even if you just take a quick walk around your building, the fresh air will help clear your mind and you can come back to work feeling refreshed.
All of these things will lead to improved productivity at work and, more importantly, improve your health.
“The groundwork to all happiness is good health.” ~Leigh Hun
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Kim Cox is an ACE Health Coach emphasizing fitness, nutrition, and behavior modification. She is dedicated to helping individuals work towards greater balance, purpose, and well-being. She is the founder of Benefit Wellness in Plain City, Ohio. You can connect with Kim on Facebook @Benefit Wellness or www.benefitwellnessonline.com.
*Source for Right Management Survey here.
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