What You Really Should Be Doing During Lunch

Posted on June 16, 2015   |   

Do you find yourself sitting at your desk shoveling salad and staring blankly at your computer screen most lunchtimes? Does your sack lunch look like this? A 2010 Monster study discovered that 21 percent of people reported always eating lunch at their desks (7 percent denied eating lunch at all) and 32 percent took a lunch break “only if I’m not too busy.” If you are like most of us, you are doing it all wrong. Here are a few ways to boost your energy and to power up your productivity during lunch.

MOVE: Get outside, people-watch and take a walk. Walking outdoors improves your circulation and exposes you to sunlight and vitamin D, which boosts your immune system and metabolism. Alternatively, a quick YogaSculpt class at Denver’s CorePower Yoga gets you a power yoga class with weights at 85 degrees. And, don’t use the “I’ll be sweaty!” excuse — they have nice showers.

CONNECT: Getting out of the office with your coworkers can lead to “unplanned collaboration.” You would be surprised how many ideas come about over a burrito and lead to solutions for work. And once you’ve established a rapport with a colleague in a more casual atmosphere, it’s going to be easier to approach them in the workplace.

CHILL OUT: Give yourself a non-screen hour. Find a place to eat your lunch someplace other than your desk and leave your phone behind. Even taking a power nap can do wonders for your creativity and energy!