Frequent breaks throughout the workday are crucial in order to remain productive. We all know how that mid-day slump can creep in when you least expect it, making it hard to push through work-related tasks. To make the most out of a break, going outside and taking a walk can do wonders.
A lunchtime walk has many benefits, like improving communication, increasing concentration and enhancing your creativity. One study found that those who take walking lunches showed higher levels of concentration and less strain in the afternoon. Another study showed that walking outdoors helps spark creative thinking and new ideas.
If you’re looking to incorporate a walking lunch into your routine, here are a few tips to get you started.
1. Wear the right shoes.
Whether you’re in the office or working from home in your slippers, chances are whatever’s on your feet isn’t suitable for a long walk. Make sure to put on a good pair of workout shoes so you’re comfortable and supported during your lunchtime walk.
2. Switch up your walking route.
Have fun with your walks and switch up the route you take here and there. Changing up the scenery can help you think more clearly and can help spark creative ideas.
3. Invite a coworker.
If you’re working in the office, grab a coworker to join you on your walk. Walking with a buddy makes it more enjoyable and they can help keep you accountable.
4. Don’t forget to eat lunch.
After your walk, make sure to refuel your body with a nutritious lunch so you’re ready and energized for the rest of the workday.
Between working in the office and working from home, a walking lunch can be beneficial no matter where you’re working. For more tips on how to make maximize your daily break with a lunchtime walk, check out the infographic guide below.