They say that sitting is the new smoking. With more emphasis for workplace wellness and better ergonomics, companies are doing everything they can to ensure happiness, health, and ultimately productivity in their employees. This means promoting less time sitting at the desk.
Though for the longest time, everyone believed that longer periods spent staring at the computer meant increased efficiency. But opting for a desk lunch instead of spending time away from your desk doesn’t guarantee that more will be done.
In fact, eating at your desk takes on a toll on both your physical and mental health. And it’s about time we put a stop to the dangerously unhealthy desk lunch.
Here’s why you should actually leave your desk during your lunch break:
1. Your body starts to deteriorate when you sit for too long
As many research studies have shown, sitting for hours on end increases the risk of heart disease, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. Lack of movement leads to soreness, aching, and possible development of musculoskeletal disorders. Also, muscle movement is extremely important in maintaining spine and brain health.
2. You become less productive
Denying yourself a much needed breather in the middle of the day is counter-intuitive. When you multitask, even if it’s just having lunch while you work, you sacrifice the quality of your work. You divide your attention between eating and working, making your lunch a distraction from the task at hand.
3. You become more stressed
While you think you might be getting a head start on afternoon tasks compared to others, leaving yourself no time to shut off and recover leads to more burnout and fatigue.
So next time you bring your own lunch in, remember to eat it in the break room, or take it with you to the park. Whatever you do, break the habit of the desk lunch.