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5 Reasons You Should Leave Your Desk To Eat Lunch

5 Reasons You Should Leave Your Desk To Eat Lunch

Does lunch time slide by in a haze of absent-minded munching? Do you eat while working at your desk? Don’t! Here are some strong reasons to give lunch time the respect and time it deserves. If you utilize your lunch break to eat, work out, bond with friends, or all of these, look at the benefits you will get:

You will eat fewer snacks. Research shows that mindless eating while doing something else makes us overeat.† The American Dietetic Association did a study that yielded a worrisome statistic: more than 70 percent of Americans eat at their desk several times a week.

You will eat safer food: The desk is and should be just thatóa work surface. Use it for eating food, and you risk getting bacteria in your system. Microbiologists say work desks have been found to contain up to 400 times more bacteria than toilets do! And work surfaces make an easy hangout for the cold and flu virus,because many workers come to office despite nursing an infection.

You will be in a better mood: If you step out in the sun and walk to a soup and salad place for lunch, you get your quota of Vitamin D, which helps beat back winter blues and helps your bones, too.† If you go out for a bite with a friend, you give yourself an opportunity to de-stress. And as a result of that short break, you go back home in a better mood, making family happy, too!

You will be more productive: A refreshingóand fillingóbreak kickstarts sleepy brain cells and boosts productivity. Try eating regular lunch during the day, and you are sure to get more work done. Also, a Bristol University study says a short workout during lunch break is seen to improve motivation levels by about 41 percent and concentration by 21 percent.

You will improve your digestion: If you snack and nibble mindlessly instead of eating a proper lunch, you are likely to gulp in more air and eat fasteróboth of which can play havoc with your digestive system. Bloating, acidity and constipation can result. So, take time to enjoy a good, wholesome lunch.

You will give your back a break: Getting up every now and then helps decompress your spinal discs, making your back very grateful. A walk during lunch break helps flex the hip muscles, which can gradually get shorter from sitting for long periods. Desk-bound workers also have a higher risk of getting diabetes, so make sure you get up and move often, especially during your lunch break!

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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).

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3:44AM PDT on Oct 22, 2013

let your legs do what they was intended for (WALKING)

4:05PM PDT on Oct 21, 2013

Thanks for the article.

1:21PM PDT on Oct 20, 2013

that why you have legs to walk

6:38AM PDT on Oct 20, 2013

Thank-you for posting this article, which contain some valid points. However, I wonder about those of us, myself included, who do not have a 'desk job' & what they do? I'm a RN & was basically on my feet for most of my 8h work day. Too many days it was simply too busy to get out for 30'. Thus, lunch was something done 'on the fly' & was usually consumed while charting on our patients.

12:05PM PDT on Oct 19, 2013

Thanks

3:06AM PDT on Oct 19, 2013

ty

6:21AM PDT on Oct 16, 2013

Thanks for posting.

1:04AM PDT on Oct 15, 2013

And also you will escape from work for a while...(which is actually related to third and forth...)

11:03PM PDT on Oct 14, 2013

Interesting! Lots of busy people are not leaving their desk and prefer to eat whatever in front of their work.

8:01AM PDT on Oct 13, 2013

Merci pour de tels informations

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