Desk Office Work

Sometimes you might not have the time or energy to do anything more exciting than spend your lunch break slumped over your desk.

We’ve all done it – absent-mindedly stuffing down a sandwich while aimlessly browsing the net, before leaping straight back into work. Hardly enjoyable though, is it?

Taking a proper lunch break has been proven to help beat the afternoon concentration slump. Tell that to your boss...

Luckily, there are plenty more rewarding things you could be doing with this time - your free time - that will benefit your physical and mental health.

Five hours a week is plenty of time to get fit, learn a new skill, try something different or even have a mini adventure.

Taking a proper lunch break has been proven to help beat the afternoon concentration slump and can actually make you more productive than if you haven’t had a break. Tell that to your boss.

So, here are six ways to making the most of your lunch break…

Yoga City

Yoga is the perfect way to mentally and physically hit reset. Why not join a lunchtime yoga class and get your daily Zen fix?

Many gyms and yoga studios offer shorter 60 or 45-minute lunchtime classes. Unless you do a hot yoga class, you shouldn’t need to shower afterwards, so just change and hit the mat.

Whether you sit at a desk or stand all morning for work, a lunchtime yoga session will help realign your posture and improve your strength and flexibility.

At least it will, if you don’t just lie in our favourite savasana pose for the full hour…

Cycling In City

Sure, pounding away on the dreadmill or stationary bike in the gym will get you fit, but it’s not very inspiring mentally. Why not head outdoors and explore the local area near your work?

Many offices have showers for staff to use, so why not set yourself a challenge of finding a different 5K running route each week. If you prefer to ride, then see how far you can cycle in one hour.

Running and cycling are both great ways to escape from the stresses of work and get active in your lunch break.

Use your desk or locker to stash energising snack, spare kit and you’re good to go.

No shower? Go for a walk instead or cycle at a slower pace so you don’t get quite so hot and sweaty.

Knitted Beanie Hat

Crafting is cool these days. It can also be relaxing (when you’ve mastered the basics), a good way to update your winter wardrobe or make gifts for friends.

Spring and summer is the perfect time to start creating some original knitwear for autumn/winter.

Learn how to knit a beanie to wear snowboarding or knit a cosy wrap to bundle up after surfing.

Lunchtime knitting clubs are popping up in cafes all over the UK or you could even start your own.

Ladies On Boulders Climbing Indoor

Bouldering in your lunch break is the perfect way to forget about work for 60 minutes. It’s a great way to work on your full body strength and constantly challenging yourself.

You’ll also be focusing on the climb, allowing your mind to enjoy a mental break from work.

Many climbing centres offer lunchtime classes or sessions, so before long you’ll be scaling some seriously badass heights.

Cooking Class Baking

Sporty women love to eat healthy and enjoy tasty, nutritious food, not for weight-loss, but rather to give them energy to do all the sports and activities they love.

Why not use your lunchtime to learn how to make your favourite food? From tasty Thai food to hearty Italian dishes to baking the perfect chocolate fudge cake, there’s a wide range of cookery classes you could try.

Many offer lunchtime slots, so you can even take your creations back to work to share with your hungry colleagues.

Swimming

Going for a head cleansing swim in your lunch break is one the best ways to feel energised and relaxed all afternoon.

Check out local pools near your workplace and you might be surprised to find one close by. If you’re lucky enough to work near the sea or an outdoor swimming spot, better still head there.

Many outdoors swimming areas offer changing rooms and showers so you can freshen up before heading back to work.

If you’re tight on time, forget a long leisurely swim and instead use the session to work on your speed or to master a specific stroke.