When I was in college my roommate and I would take a 30 minute energy nap each and every afternoon. A single week her mother was visiting and was outraged that this was a regular occurrence. By the third day she joined us in our afternoon siesta, but warned that this would not go over well when we hit the “real” world.
Boy was she correct! Often I wish I could go back to those days. Not too long ago, I discovered some thing even much more invigorating than the power nap. I noticed a co-worker would be away from her desk everyday at ten am and three pm like clockwork. When I worked up the nerve to ask, she told me she went out for a walk.
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I decided I would adopt the habit. If only to break up the monotony of the day. I’ve found the power walk. Here are some of the rewards I am experiencing.
In addition to becoming refreshing, the energy walk is also invigorating and energizing. It gets your heart pumping, the blood flowing, and those synapses firing. Right now, workplace workers devote most of their day sitting. Amongst the workplace commute, the hours spent in front of the personal computer, and sitting in front of the television for entertainment, your body does not get several possibilities to move around. The power walk is the excellent antidote for this. It gets your physique moving, your brain thinking, and the blood flowing.
Breaks the Day Up
As I talked about, my energy walks are helping to break the monotony of the day. Rather than take on your work day in four hour increments, a 15 minute energy walk in the morning and a single in the afternoon will break your day into 2 hour increments. You can return to your desk or meeting alert and prepared to take on the next chunk of perform.
Occasionally my energy walk is timed just when I’m banging my head against the wall trying to solve a hard issue. Stepping away from the personal computer for a while helps. Your head will clear when you go for a walk. New solutions will become apparent to you. You will return to your desk with the best answer and the energy to execute it.
It’s no longer a secret that I am obtaining healthier everyday. Component of that is rising the quantity of calories I burn. While a power nap might prove energizing, a energy walk undoubtedly burns more calories. You can get an extra hour of walking into your day with power walks. A 15 minute walk for a morning break, one particular for the afternoon, and a 30 minute lunch walk, offers you an hour of movement effortlessly spaced all through the day. It surely beats staring into space while marching on the treadmill.
My roommate’s mom was appropriate. Dozing off at your desk although staring at the screen is not the very best office etiquette. Worse than that, nodding off in the meeting although your boss is giving a quite critical (cough, cough) presentation. No 1 can fault the power walk although. Far better than that, it offers the impression that you care about your well being and you’re industrious.
Ever feel like telling a co-worker, “Let’s take this outside.” Now you can, with just two far more words. “Let’s take a walk outside. Or you can go by yourself. A brief walk will assist to diffuse the situation and loosen you up. It also beats a smoke break.
Ultimately, it really is just excellent to get out and be about nature for a bit. Even if it really is the one particular tree in the parking lot. On a rainy day you could take a walk along the perimeter of your floor so that you can at least see the outside. You can find out very first hand what the weather is like.
Attempt it this week. Instead of taking a break at the snack machine, take a 15 minute energy walk outside with a co-worker. Create your function relationships, and do some thing wholesome for yourself. Very best of all feel energized and have fun.