Do you feel tired, distracted and tense in the late afternoon? This is common, especially at work, and even more often at sedentary jobs. Many people complain that the hours after lunch drag on, and that they are fatigued and have difficulty getting things done.
How Can I Have More Energy?
If you get the afternoon slump, one way to beat it is to take a lunchtime walk. Studies show that people who take a brisk walk during their lunch break report feeling more alert, more positive and less stressed out.
Those involved in the study walked at least three times a week, and answered several questions immediately after walking regarding energy levels, mood and concentration. Their answers revealed that although there are plenty of long-term benefits to walking, such as better cardiovascular health and weight loss, there are immediate benefits, too, in mood, energy and focus.
It can be hard to squeeze activity into your lunch, especially if you’re accustomed to working through your break, eating at your desk or skipping lunch altogether. It may seem like working through your lunch hour helps you accomplish more, but if you’re crashing around two o'clock your productivity may not be what you think it is.
How Much Walking Do I Need To Do?
The studies showed that the lunchtime walkers saw benefits regardless of how fast or slow they walked. The participants walked at least three times per week for about 30 minutes. If you have a shorter lunch break, even a 10- or 15-minute walk will yield results. Another option is to incorporate a complete workout into your lunch break.
Should I Go To The Gym At Lunch?
If you have a longer lunch, a quick trip to the gym may be the perfect place to spend it. A lunchtime workout can give you a much-needed break from sitting, and can boost mood and productivity.
If you’re looking for the perfect lunchtime workout routine, one that maximizes results in a minimum amount of time, consider working with a personal trainer. Ralph Roberts can put together a customized workout based on your current level of fitness, your time frame and your goals. You can do this workout on your lunch break, maximizing your time and reaching your goals. Find Ralph Roberts at the Downtown Athletic Club in Amarillo.
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