Have you ever stopped to think about the impact that your work habits have on your quality of life?
If you are a full-time worker, you are probably spending at least 35 hours a week at your job. That's a considerable portion of your day. If you can maintain a healthy workstyle, you will probably have an overall healthier lifestyle.
One of the most powerful habits that you can cultivate at work is taking walk breaks! In this blog, I want to share with you a few, but very convincing reasons, to start incorporating these regular "walkies" into your work routine!
These are the top 5 benefits of taking walk breaks at work that we wish everyone knew about!
1. Everyone knows it's good for your body
There is no denying that cardio exercise is good for the body. Even a simple walk can raise heart rate, get the blood pumping, strengthen bones and improve the body's balance and coordination. Besides, it's also a way to burn some extra calories! Small bursts of movement during the day can help you lose and manage weight.
But the physical benefits go beyond that! Walking will keep you away from chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and high blood pressure. As excessive sitting can be hazardous in the long run, even if you don't do it for the weight control benefit, do it for your overall healthier and longer life!
2. It will make you more productive
All those physical benefits come along with major gains to your brain!
Sometimes, the more we work the less efficient we become. Which basically means that you will have to work more to get things done. That's where walking breaks come in to boost your mental sharpness!
Researches show that walk improves productivity because it helps to reduce mental fatigue and enhance concentration, focus and attention. So, don't be guilty to take a few "walkies" during the day, even if you have lots to do. Your boss will thank you!
3. It will help you de-stress and connect with your co-workers!
You can take walk breaks by yourself or with a group of co-workers. By walking alone, you will be able to unplug for a couple of minutes and decompress from work-related stress. I dare you not to feel better after a quick "disconnected" walk! (remember to forget your phone).
On the other hand, walking with workmates gives you a chance to build stronger relationships with them. It's a great time to get to know your fellows better and talk about their personal interests, stories, family and other not work-related subjects. You might found compatibilities that you never knew you had!
4. It will unlock your creativity!
At the same time that walk breaks help you build better relationships with co-workers, it can also become a tool to boost an individual or group's creativity! Have you thought about a quick walking brainstorm session?
Walking is proven to stimulate free-flowing thoughts and improved creativity. This interesting series of experiments found that creative, unique ideas were generated more often by groups that took walking breaks as compared to sedentary groups.
Bottom line: next time you encounter a creative block, grab your work friends and go for a "creative walk"!
5. It will improve your mood
Sometimes the work environment, the people around us or the nature of the job itself puts us in a bad mood. When feelings such as anxiety, anger, pressure and stress come in, you can't seem to get your brain to work properly. We've all been there!
Mental well-being contributes not only to improved work satisfaction but also to an overall healthier lifestyle. Again, walking is a powerful tool to help you here! By just stepping away from the environment that is giving you that bad "vibe", you will instantly feel better. That happens because, as any physical activity, walking releases endorphins, the body's happy hormone!
I hope that these reasons convinced you to incorporate walking into your daily work routine! It is more than clear that walk breaks will benefit not only the body but also your mental and emotional health.