After a morning at the office, we look forward to chowing down on something tasty but we would probably be better off raising our oxygen levels through a workout.
New research from Subway showed ten per cent of British workers admitted lunch was their most calorific meal of the day.
Could it be that the humdrum of the morning's events leaves us needing a little pick-me-up to get us through the day?
Well, 42 per cent of respondents revealed they ate their lunch at their desk - providing little escape from the computer screen.
Still, it can be awkward and even impractical to leave the office for lunch but the benefits for both the body and mind are pretty indisputable.
Taking a proper break gives your brain time to recharge and undertaking some activity during this time can help increase the effects.
It could also help cut down the tendency to indulge in high fat lunches, with the Subway study revealing 19 per cent of men snack on crisps or chocolate at least three times per week.
Nutritionist from Subway Juliette Kellow said: "When it comes to lunchtime, a quarter of us choose convenience over healthier options.
"We often don't have a great choice at lunchtime for a healthy heart, for our waistline and for our overall health."
To save time and calories, why not prepare your lunch the night before with fresh ingredients for a tasty salad or nutritious sandwich?
Make sure to take advantage of you lunch hour and perhaps spend the first half an hour working out, either at a nearby gym or by running for 15 minutes in one direction before turning back.
This leaves you with plenty of time to enjoy your healthier lunch.
Ms Kellow explained that the fact many of us are choosing not to eat fruit and vegetables at lunchtime indicated "there are plenty of opportunities to change that".
So maybe snack on an apple for 'elevenses' and look forward to getting outdoors for a short run on your break.
Posted by James Worrall
06/07/2012 13:47:19Subscribe to the News RSS feed