Breaks are essential during work as they help you take a mental pause so you’re able to be more productive throughout your workday. But if you’re looking to incorporate movement and exercise into your daily breaks, a walking lunch may be the answer.
Aside from taking a much-needed break away from your desk, a walking lunch has multiple benefits, like boosting creativity and improving your mood. Studies have shown that walking outdoors helps spark creative thinking and new ideas and that even just 10 minutes of walking can lift your spirits and make you feel happier. Who doesn’t want to feel happier during the workday?
Here are a few tips to help get you started and make the most out of your lunchtime walks:
1. Lace up your walking shoes.
The shoes we typically wear to work aren’t the most suitable for long walks. Changing into proper workout shoes can help ensure you’re comfortable and supported during your lunch walk.
2. Switch up your route.
To keep things interesting, try walking a different way in your neighborhood or in your office each time you walk. A change of scenery can help you think more clearly and may even help spark some creative ideas.
3. Invite a co-worker
If you’re working in the office, grab a coworker to make it more enjoyable. Having a walking buddy can also help hold you accountable so you’re getting your daily steps in.
4. Take your meetings outside.
If you’re slammed but still want to get a walk in, try turning one of your meetings into a walking meeting. Whether it’s on zoom or you have your team come along for the walk, it’s an effective way to kill two birds with one stone.