Friday, November 2, 2007

Getting Past the Post-Lunch Food Coma

The effects of a big lunch on productivity are well-known - especially if part of your day includes an hour-long conference call beginning at 1pm!

Life-tips blog "Dumb Little Man" has come up with a great posting on several stretches that can keep you alert and productive in that crucial 1pm-3pm stretch. Just a little movement can help you avoid a host of repetitive strain disorders, increase blood flow to your brain, and generally help you get the most out of your time at the office.

Here's a few ideas you can do in the privacy of your own office or cubicle:

  1. Touch the Sky. Reach your arms up to the sky and as far back as you can safely go. You can try grasping like you’re trying to reach the stars.
  2. Side Stretch. While standing reach your one arm over head and to the opposite side. You can keep the other hand on your hip or in the air.
  3. Touch Your Toes. Take off your shoes if you can. Wiggle your toes. Now bend at the hip and reach for your toes. Bending your knees is OK.
Read the full list here.