Our office lunch is our chance to recharge, refuel, and take a break from our work.

Or so that’s what they’re intended for, at least.

Studies paint a different reality, however. According to Get Britain Standing, 50% of UK workers regularly eat their lunches at our computer screens, posing significant risks to our mental and physical health.

On average, British workers spend at least 8.9 hours of their waking day on their backside. On Your Feet Britain, a campaign aimed at reducing prolonged inactivity at work, say sitting down – such as having your lunch at your computer – can increase the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. And all this irrespective of whether you hit the gym after work or not.

One way you can enjoy a better office lunch is by getting active. Consider leaving the office entirely and head outside. Not only will the outdoors so wonders for your mental health; the creative boost from a varied environment will mean you get to return to work feeling refreshed for the last half of the day!

Seeing as we’re talking about different environments, sharing your lunch break with a few work colleagues regularly can help take your mind off the stresses of work. And it’s always good to talk about something other than invoices, too!

Deciding how you spend your office lunch-time is more than just about choosing your sandwich filler – it’s all about encouraging a positive environment for your well-being. Take a look at this infographic by Adzuna to get more from your bite.