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Need a Work-Time Boost? Try these Energy Packed Lunch Break Ideas to Change your Day

Spending the day can be hard work. If you work in an office then you are going to be spending a considerable amount of time staring at a screen and not doing much else. If you are feeling the strain of being at work, then chances are that you need to take a break. 

Statistics show that the average UK worker spends as much as 4 hours and 26 minutes sitting at their desk each and every day. Whilst you may think that this doesn’t exert much energy, staying inactive for this amount of time can actually drain your energy levels.

Some of us reach for a double shot of coffee and others might tackle the slump with a protein bar. But neither are actually a good solution.

Instead, you need to ensure that you are taking your lunch break, all of your lunch break, and using it to help boost your energy levels, rather than sitting and browsing the funny cat pictures on Instagram.

To help you, we have put together these short, yet sweet ideas on things that you can fit into your lunch break, all of which can have you feeling awesome in no time at all.

 

Go for a run

For some people, the idea of a run during your lunch break sounds like too much hassle. But it can really help you to get through the rest of the day. It doesn’t have to be a marathon. In fact, a simple sprint for 5-10 minutes is enough to get your brain going, your mood improved and your blood flowing too. It is also better for you then spending 10 minutes on Facebook.

 

Try out some desk yoga

When your body is exhausted then chances are that your mind will be too. This is where desk yoga can really help. The exercises don’t have to be big, bold and in your face. The main aim is to make sure that your body has been woken up and that you feel refreshed and ready to face the rest of the day.

 

Have a nap

There are those of us who really cannot contemplate getting through the afternoon at work without so much as a sniff of caffeine. These are the types of people who could really benefit from a nap. Sounds like the stuff of dreams? Well, napping has kind of become a thing in workplaces. You should never nap after 4pm and nap for a maximum of 30 minutes and you are sure to wake up feeling refreshed and ready to face the rest of your working day.

Spending the day at work isn’t easy, but there are things that you can do to make the entire day that little bit more bearable. Trying to keep yourself awake and alert is relatively easy, all you need to do is find a way that you can boost your energy levels without resorting to a caffeine boost.

 

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