Whether it’s a slow day, busy day, or somewhere in between, you have to eat lunch. But even on the days you really don’t have the time to sit down and eat, it’s best for your health and productivity to leave your standing desk for lunch. We at True North Desks want to offer some practical reasons why you should step away from your stand up desk for lunch (other than to keep your standing workstation free of crumbs).
You need a break
Taking even a 15 minute lunch break outside of your standing workstation will allow you to come back with a clearer head. Your eyes need a break from your computer and your brain needs a break from whatever task you are working on during the day. Trust us, your work will still be there after your 15-20 minute lunch break, but you may come back with a better attitude and a better perspective for tackling your workload.
You’ll be more mindful of what you’re eating
We live in such a rushed society where lunch breaks during the work week are fairly nonexistent. That means you’re probably eating lunch at your desk. Chances are pretty good that you’re also snacking during the day, but are you even paying attention to what you’re snacking on? When you take the time to sit at a table, use utensils, pour a fresh glass of water, and eat your lunch, you are more mindful of what you eat, how much you eat, and how you feel. This mindfulness is important for your health. Even when you need a snack break at work, try to step away from your standup desk for your snack and refill your water bottle. You’ll likely find that you eat healthier when you take the time to enjoy your food.
You can get other things done
When you leave your work for a little while, your mind has a chance to focus on other things. With a more hectic lifestyle, it can be hard to stay in touch with friends and family. Use your lunch breaks to make some calls to these friends. A quick chat with an old friend will leave you feeling energized and happier as you head back to your standing desk. Getting out for lunch is also a good time to bond with your colleagues. Encourage those around you to step out. Making friends at work is an important step to enjoying your job.
You can get some exercise
While standing desks are a great spot for some in-office workouts, it can be nice to get out for a walk in the fresh air, too. If you bring your lunch, walk to a nearby park to enjoy your break. Or if you plan on eating out one day, find a restaurant that’s within a walkable distance. Not only will the fresh air clear your mind, you’ll actually be aiding in food digestion. Beating that afternoon slump depends on how you eat, what you eat, and how much you move during the day.
Getting out for lunch is good for your mind and body, and encouraging others in your office to get out for lunch is a great way to keep yourself accountable. Working at a standing desk is one step to living healthy at work. True North Desks has many styles of standing desks, so there’s at least one that is sure to fit the way you work. Check out our brochure to learn more.