I’ve been used to half-hour work lunches for years, so when I got this new job that gives an hour, I decided to take Raul Lisneski’s (Health & Fitness Editor) advice and use the extra time for a walk. Physical health is actually only one aspect of my decision. I find it also helps my mental health.
I probably walk for less than a mile, and I stop in the middle to sit on a bench and relax. Often, I’ll close my eyes and just listen to the sounds of nature. Then, I open them up real slowly. It’s like I’m seeing things for the first time!
I know this may sound odd, but ever since I’ve been on this routine, I have noticed a drop in my stress levels. I’m also more productive for the second half of the day. While everyone else seems in a slump and has to pound the caffeine just to get through it all, I’m refreshed and ready to do things even after work!
My friend has a half-hour lunch. At first she was trying to eat fast and take a little walk, but it didn’t work out so well. Now, she uses the second 15-minute break of the day to take a quick walk around the building, and says she feels the same effects as I just described!
I’ve said for a long time that fitness is more than just about exercise, and now I’m seeing it in action. And it’s great.
by Cindy Simone
Residential Life Magazine