Give yourself a break: 5 ways to use your lunch hour
Don’t use another one eating cold leftovers at your desk whilst you scroll your Instagram feed.
If you spend any time at a computer for work, you might find that headaches are one of your job’s biggest side effects. You’re not alone. Caused by hours of screen time, poor desk posture or extended sitting, tension headaches are one of the most common complaints we treat.
The good news is that practicing good office ergonomics and getting up out of your chair for a break will go a long way to help ease them. The bad news is that finding time to squeeze more tasks into your day can be a barrier for everyone. The solution? Try using the time you already have. Your lunch break.
If you currently work through your break or aimlessly window shop through the CBD, here’s some ideas on how you can use this time for you. Your health. Your body. Goodbye aches and pains!
Before you scoff at the idea, remember that even gentle activity can do wonders for your body. Swap your work shoes for sneakers and hit the pavement at lunch. Map out a 20 to 30 minute walking route in your area and grab your water bottle as you head out. It’ll revitalise your afternoon. You’ll feel renewed and energised, ready for the rest of the day’s challenges.
Alternatively, attend a local exercise class or complete a workout at the gym. Group aerobics, pilates or dance classes are all beneficial. Once you get into the swing of a lunchtime workout, you might find you’re ready to pack your gym clothes and head out for a jog instead.
Another great way to counter time at your computer is to stretch. Whether you choose to simply step away from your desk, or head outdoors for some fresh air – completing a sequence of stretches can help counteract all that static posture indoors.
Stretch your shoulders and pecs like this or elongate your neck muscles like this. Or, if you’re after a full body stretch – consider heading to a local yoga class. Gyms and studios alike offer midday classes across the city.
If you spend a lot of your day attached to a screen, consider lunchtime an opportunity to unplug. Whether you choose to meditate (by yourself or using an app) or simply sit quietly by yourself, taking some time away from the office to quieten your mind can really help reduce stress, lower tension in your body and aid in decreasing your blood pressure.
Meet a friend
Hectic schedules and busy lives means we often struggle to catch up with friends. Next time you’re planning a date with a mate, use your lunch break. Meet in the park for a picnic, or take your sandwich with you as you walk and talk in the fresh air. You won’t even notice the many steps you’re tallying up!
Attend an appointment
If you struggle to get to an appointment before or after work, remember that our clinics are open during lunch hours too. Whether you need to book a regular appointment, or your tension headaches are becoming intolerable and you need some chiropractic care earlier than your upcoming appointment – our team is here to help you get back on your feet. Book an appointment, call a clinic, or email us.
At Sydney Spine and Sports Clinic, we put you first. We believe in offering chiropractic care that enables you to make informed and educated choices about your health. If you are suffering pain or injury and would like to talk to us about how we can help you get mobile and active again – get in touch right here.