To stay productive and focused throughout the workday, breaks are essential. Not only is it important to take a mental break, but physically stepping away from your desk is necessary too. Taking a walking lunch can help you take the much-needed break away from your workspace while also helping you get some movement in.
Walking lunch breaks have numerous benefits, like enhancing creativity, improving your mood and increasing concentration. Studies have shown that walking outdoors helps spark creative thinking and that just 10 minutes of walking can lift your spirits and put you in a happier mood. On top of that, one study also found that individuals showed higher levels of concentration and lower strain in the afternoon after taking a walking lunch.
Ready to spark movement, creativity and positive thinking during your workday? Here are a few tips to help get you ready for your walking lunch routine.
1. Wear proper shoes.
Whether working from home or in the office, chances are you’re not wearing the proper shoes for a walk. Make sure to change into a comfortable pair of workout shoes so you’re supported during your lunchtime stroll.
2. Invite a friend or coworker.
Walking alone is great, but sometimes having a buddy makes things a little bit easier and more enjoyable! Try Inviting a coworker or a friend to join you on your lunchtime walk. Not only can they keep you company, but they can also help hold you accountable.
3. Have a walking meeting.
Sometimes workdays can get busy and it can become hard to take time out of your day to go for a walk. If that’s the case for you, try having a walking meeting. Since most of us are working from home these days, conference calls can easily be taken on the go.
If you’re still in the office and have a more casual meeting with your teammates, try taking the meeting outside so you can all get some fresh air. Though you’re still technically working, the movement can help recharge your energy so you feel more productive when you go back to your desk.
4. Switch up your route.
It can be easy to fall into the same routine when we’re trying to get things done, and that goes for a walk too. You may feel the need to take the same walking route each day because it’s what works for you, but try switching it up every now and then. A change of scenery can help you think more clearly and may even help spark new ideas. If you’re having a creative block during the day, a new walking route may be what you need!
For more tips on how to stay fit during your workday with a walking lunch, check out the visual guide below.