5 Reasons You Shouldn't Eat Lunch at Your Desk

Brianne DiSylvester

When I worked in an office, I'd always eat lunch at my desk. Normally, I'd poke out for a sandwich and come back to eat and read sites like People and Perez.

I followed this lunchtime routine partly because I was busy, partly because I was being anti-social (sometimes you need alone time), and partly because I was lazy.

Now I work from home but if I ever go back to an office gig, there is no way in hell that I'm eating at my desk ever again.

Wanna know why?

It's dirty -- like landfill dirty. There's 400 times the amount of bacteria on your desk than there is on your office toilet. Take about a bacteria buffet! Elch! Need we say more?

You need exercise. People need at least 30 minutes of activity a day. Sitting all day is not healthy for you physically or emotionally. Even if you packed your lunch, go eat it outside or just use your break time for a quick walk. It'll clear your mind, and you'll get a much-needed jolt of vitamin D from the sunshine.

You may overeat. Most times lunch consists of fast food, but even if you make healthy choices, you still may overeat. And if you're mindlessly searching the web during lunch, you may not be conscious of how much you're eating. By heading to the cafeteria or out to lunch, you'll focus more on the food rather than what's around you.

People will still bother you. You can't escape it. Even if you have a whole buffet in front of you, your coworkers will still act like you're "working." Don't. Tell them that you're eating and you'll get to the task in about an hour. This is your time to rest.

You should be schmoozing. Does your office have a cafeteria or break room? Good. Use it! You'll get to know your coworkers (most importantly your boss or higher-ups) and you can schmooze away. The more people like you and see that you're invaluable to the company, the faster you'll move up.

How many times a week do you eat at your desk?

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