Get Over the After Lunch Afternoon Slump

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You’ve had a busy work day and you are starting to get hit by the dreaded after lunch afternoon slump. You have a TON to get done before the end of the day. What can you do to boost your energy without reaching for a third cup of coffee or diving face first into the communal bowl of office candy?!

I want you to stand up.

Between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. each day, many people experience an energy slump. This comes from things like a decrease in your body’s core temperature, digesting an afternoon meal, too much time sitting, or stress. Instead of a quick but short-lived boost from a caffeine-laden drink or a sugary snack, office exercises can increase your energy and give you the stamina to breeze through the second half of your work day with health.

Interspersing short movements and exercises throughout the workday can powerfully impact energy, productivity and efficiency. Whether it’s stretching periodically in your cubicle or walking around during a conference call, small actions can go a long way toward improving your energy levels and performance.

Next time you start to feel the afternoon slump, gift yourself a quick burst of movement. Retreat to a private corner of your office or find a vacant area near a wall clock and do a few of the exercise moves included in the videos below to shake off sitting stiffness and fatigue. You’ll be surprised at how much better you feel and you may even get addicted to your afternoon exercise habit. 

These videos are supplements to one of my Corporate Wellness Workshops, “Re-Boot at Work. Life hacks for more energy in work, wellness, and life.” Want to raise awareness of healthy workplace habits and get the support you need to thrive in the office? Contact my about my corporate wellness offerings and workshops at

People get it in their minds, if I don’t get that 30 minutes, I might as well not exercise at all. But that all or nothing thinking limits your life and your performance potential. Living a fit lifestyle doesnt have to be exclusive to gym workouts. Exercise exsits everywhere if you look for it. Take the stairs instead of the elevator. Walk around the office. Stretch when you are at the fax machine. Stand up and step touch while on a phone call. Use your desk chair to stretch. Turn small windows of time into opportuities to be active and invest in long term health benefits. Make physical activity a way of life so that you can be active long term, healthier, more mobile, and just happier all around.

Wishing you happiness and health,


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