Whether you’re studying for an exam or working on your next project at work, it’s important to take frequent breaks to help keep your mind sharp and productivity up to par. Combining exercise in those breaks isn’t a bad idea either. Aside from the needed break away from your desk, a walking lunch has many benefits, like increasing concentration, enhancing creativity and improving your mood and communication skills.
A study found that those who took a walking lunch showed higher levels of concentration throughout the day and less strain in the afternoon. Research has also shown that walking for even just 10 minutes a day can put you in a happier mood and helps spark new and creative ideas. Stepping away from your desk and getting that much-needed fresh air can also help you reset and recharge so you can improve your communication skills and handle workplace conversations with ease.
If you’re ready to start crafting a walking lunch routine that will help you stay organized and productive throughout the day, here are a few tips to help get you started.
1. Wear the right shoes.
Taking a walk in your work shoes isn’t going to provide you with the support you need. Make sure to change into your favorite pair of workout shoes so you’re comfortable and supported during your lunchtime stroll.
2. Invite a coworker.
If you’re working in the office, invite a coworker to join you on your lunchtime break. Having a walking buddy can make it more enjoyable while also helping to hold each other accountable. If you’re working remotely, have your roommate, neighbor or even your dog join you on your walk.
3. Consider a walking meeting.
Sometimes things can get busy during the day and it can feel impossible to take a break away from your desk. If that’s the case for you but you still want to get some fresh air, try turning a meeting into a walking meeting. With many calls happening on Zoom or other online platforms, it makes it easy to take the meeting from virtually anywhere. You can still participate in the conversation while getting those steps in. Even though you’re still working, you’ll feel refreshed and ready to tackle the rest of your tasks once you return to your desk.
4. Don’t forget lunch.
After a nice long walk, remember to refuel your body with a nutritious lunch. Having energy throughout the workday is important to help us stay focused and motivated, so never skip out on a meal or snack!
To find out more benefits of taking a walking lunch as well as tips for your lunchtime stroll, check out the visual guide below.
—Corey Doane is a digital content creator who helps adidas create helpful and compelling stories worth sharing. Her background in digital marketing and creative writing has led her to cover unique topics ranging from business to eco to lifestyle.