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Natural Mood Booster: How Walking Increases Productivity

Posted by Brian Spence on Sep 23, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Productivity, Self-Improvement, Lunch Break, WalkingHave you ever noticed that you start your work day enthusiastic, ready to solve problems and make a difference, but by the early afternoon you are frustrated, stressed out and bordering on a little apathetic? It's not uncommon to have an afternoon slump where the energy and positive attitude you brought into the workplace in the morning has transformed into exhaustion and stress.

There's no question that productiveness suffers when our energy lapses and our workload begins to feel overwhelming.

Many offices have tried to completely redesign their office culture, shifted expectations, added break rooms, fun distractions and even napping centers all to try to help employees make it through a full work day without burning out.

However, according to a recent study, the solution is much simpler and doesn't cost any money. A thirty minute lunch break walk, does wonders for employee production. According to the New York Times article, "The Benefits of a Lunch Hour Walk" by Gretchen Reynolds, a study performed at the University of Birmingham reported that

"On the afternoons after a lunchtime stroll, walkers said they felt considerably more enthusiastic, less tense, and generally more relaxed and able to cope than on afternoons when they hadn’t walked and even compared with their own moods from a morning before a walk."

You could significantly change the mood and attitude of your workplace, just by organizing a lunchtime walking group. Employee satisfaction might increase significantly if regular walking breaks were encouraged.

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