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Your Lunch Break Is Important so Take It!

By Donna Stark

Are there days when you are so busy that you end up working through your lunch break? Do you hit the vending machine for snacks in place of eating a nutritious meal because your time is so limited? Do you justify skipping your lunch because you "will make up for it later?"

Well, if you answered yes to those questions above, you may be doing yourself a huge disservice! Taking breaks throughout the day is important for your physical, emotional, and mental health, but no break is as important as your lunch break. Here's why.

Choosing Nutrition

You certainly aren't going to give your body the essential nutrients it needs to function at an optimal level if you are choosing chips and donuts out of a vending machine. And when you really think about it, by the time you walk to the break room, make your selection, and head back to your desk, you probably would have had enough time to enjoy a healthier meal brought from home anyway. So try to pack your lunches more often, and if you aren't comfortable eating a complete meal at your desk, pack some healthier snacks to munch on, such as fruit, cheese, yogurt, or raw vegetables and hummus.

Staying Active

Sitting for extended periods of time can wreak havoc on your body and may even lead to chronic pain and significant health issues. It's important to break up your day with movement and lunchtime is the perfect opportunity to do so! Use this time to go for a walk or to stretch your body. By doing so, you can reduce the risk of pain and stiffness, renew energy levels, and improve your concentration and focus.

Connecting With Others

Lunch breaks are designed for you to relax and recharge after a busy morning and there is no better way than to do so than with your friends and coworkers. Sharing laughs, venting about work, and debating which television show is the best is a great way to release stress and lift your mood. You may even find that you are more effective when you get back to your desk.

Finding the Quiet

On the other hand, if peace and quiet are what you are looking for, you can easily find them over your lunch break. Look for an empty conference room, head to your local park, or do what many others do and escape to the quiet of your car. You can read a book, close your eyes, or listen to some pleasing music. Whatever you need to center yourself, this is the time to do it!

Recharging Yourself

Treat yourself well and take your lunch breaks every day. It's the easiest way to ensure your overall health and well-being while muddling through those long workdays!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Killeen, Tex.

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