The 5 benefits of getting outside on your lunch break

Wellbeing at work

Walking helps you problem solve

Stuck on a problem? Take a walk! A 2014 study out of Stanford University found that walking is far more powerful than sitting for generating creative ideas. This is because the human body is made to move. Walking increases our oxygen intake and can help with stress management and provide a level-headed approach to a problem. The study found that walking creative inspiration and output by 60%. 

Our quick tip: Incorporate walking meetings into your business 

Soak up vitamin D

One major benefit of getting outside is to soak up some vitamin D. Vitamin D is known to improve your mood particularly in the winter months when the days are shorter, and the dark nights role around much faster.

Going to and from work in the dark without seeing any daylight can have a massive effect on your mood. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) effects millions of people every year. In fact, according to an Independent article from 2014, “29% of British adults experience symptoms of the condition during the winter months”. So by going for a lunch time walk, not only are you getting a bit of exercise in, you’re also doing wonders for your mental health too. 

Gets your step count up

We all know that 10,000 steps a day is the target. But if you’re sat at a desk for 8 hours a day, it can be hard to hit. Getting outside at lunchtime especially if you struggle to make it to the gym before or after work will do wonders for your health.

Our quick tip: Get a fitness tracker to make you more aware of your daily steps and have a competition with your colleagues.

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It gets you away from screens

Make sure you take your lunch and don’t just work straight through (however tempting it might be). Getting away from the screen and outside will allow your eyes some down time which can prevent eye strain and dry eyes. By taking time away and allowing your eyes to focus on natural things, it’ll also help to combat headaches.
  
Our quick tip: When you are at your desk, try turning the brightness down and sitting slightly further away from the monitor. 

It’s social 

Going for a lunchtime stroll with a work colleague or meeting up with a friend that works close by can give you a midday boost. Regularly meeting up with friends to chat can combat stress and improve your happiness levels.
Even if you’re not talking about anything work related, it can give your brain a bit of time to mull over work in the background so that when you do return to the desk, you’ll have a fresh perspective on the problem.
 
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