Whether you’re working from home or you’re back in the office, staying productive through the day doesn’t always come easy. Breaks are essential to reset and recharge so you’re able to perform adequately during the workday. But have you ever thought about taking a break while getting some exercise in? Lunchtime walks are the perfect way to stay healthy during your workday.
Aside from the much-needed break away from your desk, walking during your lunch break has numerous benefits, like enhancing creativity and increasing concentration. Studies have shown that walking outdoors can help spark creative thinking and fresh ideas. Another study found that those who took a walking lunch showed lower strain in the afternoon and higher levels of concentration throughout the day.
How to increase your productivity with a lunchtime walk
Ready to take your lunch to the next level so you can tackle the rest of the workday with ease?
Here are a few tips to help get you started:
1. Make sure to wear the right shoes.
No matter if you’re working from your home office in your slippers or at work with your best dress shoes, neither option will be supportive during a walk. Make sure you grab a comfortable pair of workout shoes so you’re properly supported during your lunchtime stroll.
2. Invite a co-worker or friend.
Having a partner to go on a walk with makes it more enjoyable and can make it easier to stay motivated. If you’re not in the office and can’t have a coworker join you, try calling up a friend, asking your roommate or bringing your dog along for the walk.
3. Up the intensity when you need more energy.
If you want to take things up a notch or just need a pick-me-up, try adding bouts of sped-up intervals to your walk. Or, challenge yourself to take the stairs instead of doing your regular walking routine. That way, you’ll get a good workout in while increasing your productivity and energy for the remainder of the workday.
To find out more benefits of taking a lunchtime walk as well as tips for crafting the perfect walking lunch workout routine, check out the infographic guide below.
This inforgraphic was created by Adidas.