How long do you get for lunch? 30 mins? An hour? Ok, now how many of you actually ‘break’ for that whole time? According to recent findings by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy, not taking regular breaks can lead to depression, obesity and back pain, amongst other things.
Taking regular breaks and escaping the confines of the office, even for just 30 minutes, will refresh your mind and avoid ill-health caused by staying in the same position for a prolonged time. It could also help you lose weight-something I’m sure not too many of us would complain about.
A good idea is to schedule an activity each day. I’ve listed some activities which you could try which each burn approx. 250 calories (this will vary from person to person depending on sex, weight, body composition and current activity level but it gives a rough idea).
If you’re looking to shift a few pounds, it’s worth bearing in mind that in order to lose 1lb of fat, we need to burn 3500 calories. This equates to 500 calories a day. If you’re currently sedentary during your break, don’t change your diet and try one of these activities per day, you could be losing 1 lb in 2 weeks by making this small lifestyle change.
If you are looking to lose weight, why not also cut back on 250 calories per day (i.e. a bar of chocolate, 3 chocolate digestives or a glass of wine and packet of crisps) from your diet and you could be losing a healthy 1lb a week.
So, what are you waiting for? Get out and give it a go. You’ll feel more awake, healthier and ready to face the afternoon! Here are the activities:
1. 45 Mins brisk walking
2. An hour browsing the shops
3. 20 Mins walking up and down the stairs (if you’re worried about looking silly, try breaking this up into 2 or 3 chunks!)
4. 20 Mins jogging
5. 30-45 Mins kicking a ball around in the park