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5 Reasons Why Eating Lunch At Your Desk Is A Bad Idea

5 Reasons Why Eating Lunch At Your Desk Is A Bad IdeaWe all know that eating lunch at your desk isn’t good for you, but we all do it anyway. Despite the increasing number of workplace wellness programs out there, most of us can’t resist staying at our desks to get a few extra emails out at lunch.

However, staying at your desk all day can decrease your productivity and increase stress levels.

Furthermore, sitting for long periods can cause a whole host of health issues including back pain, leg disorders and increased risk of heart disease. Worse, when we’re working in front of a computer we also cause damage to our eyes and wrists.

You don’t need permission to go for a walk on your lunch

The human brain just wasn’t built for the extended focus we ask of it these days. Getting up every once in a while is important for both mental and physical health.

businessman refreshing in autumn park or forestSometimes, we just need a little nudge or a little encouragement to go take a break. Maybe the below 5 reasons will give you the nudge you need.

1. Sitting all day can seriously damage your health

Sitting for long periods has been linked to an increased risk of premature death, particularly from cardiovascular disease. It is also associated with an increased risk of developing type 2 diabetes and cancer. Stepping away from our desks and moving around helps prevent the onset of musculoskeletal disorders (from prolonged poor posture) and potentially deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which can be caused by long periods of sitting.

2. Nobody likes cranky pants, get some vitamin D

We live in a modern world that is bombarded with paranoid messages about how dangerous the sun is, however, the benefits from the sun can bring about radiant health and improve your mood. In moderation, the sun can heal all kinds of illnesses.  Sun rays stimulate the body to produce Vitamin D and encourage the production of serotonin (a hormone that plays an important part in the regulation of mood) and make you less cranky. Something, I’m sure, your colleagues will appreciate.

The sun also has other benefits such as bone health, supporting the immune system, protection against dementia and brain ageing etc.

 3. Eating at your desk can lead to weight gain

Eating whilst continuing to check emails, etc. can lead to ‘mindless eating’, which can cause people to overeat and/or eat the wrong foods, therefore, gaining weight. Avoid buying your lunch every day. The food we make at home is always going to be healthier than the meals available from the corner shop or local café. It only takes a couple of minutes to prepare a healthy lunch at home.

 4. Not taking a break can increase stress levels

Exercise is a proven way to reduce stress – so taking a break in the middle of the day is a great way to deal with looming deadlines and difficult co-workers. Again when we exercise, our brains produce more serotonin, this super chemical that helps to relieve depression and reduce stress. A much better solution than having a meltdown in the office toilet cubicle.

5. Lack of fresh air/oxygen impairs cognitive performance

5 Reasons Why Eating Lunch At Your Desk5 Reasons Why Eating Lunch At Your Desk Is A Bad IdeaSometimes a situation crops up early in the workday that needs a great deal of brain power to solve. When this happens, the best solution is to clear your head and return to work refreshed. When you’re really in the groove of a task or project, the ideas are flowing and you feel great, however, it doesn’t last forever.

Getting some exercise at lunch increases our blood flow and our oxygen levels are increased, the brain creates new synapses which improve our cognitive performance. This in turn helps us solve tricky problems at work.


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