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We’re sure we don’t have to tell you that the work hustle is real. For anyone trying to climb the ranks of her career, a typical workday may consist of hours upon hours behind a computer, banging out assignments under fluorescent lighting until it’s time to emerge from your cubicle for a meeting, only to realize it’s 3 p.m. and the only thing you’ve eaten all day is a Kind bar – and it was at your desk.

You’re not alone. In fact, research indicates that 65 percent of Americans eat lunch at their desk or skip lunch altogether. While it may feel like you're being crazy productive, skipping out on a proper lunch break may actually be doing you more harm than good.

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Here are six reasons to start embracing your daily lunch break.

1

It increases productivity

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 A study published on ScienceDaily.com showed that workers who gave in to some sort of distraction about once an hour actually focused better over a long period of time, displaying better memory and attention to detail than workers who tried to complete tasks without any breaks.    

2

It gives us an excuse to move

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Spending hours sitting down behind a desk is taxing on our bodies, increasing the risk of diabetes and cancer. “Sitting is more dangerous than smoking, kills more people than HIV, and is more treacherous than parachuting,” Dr. James Levine, director of the Mayo Clinic-Arizona State University Obesity Solutions Initiative, said to Huffington Post. “We are sitting ourselves to death.”

3

It inspires creativity

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Spending an entire day inside can leave you feeling uninspired, thus making it harder to come up with those killer ideas that are going to help you get ahead in your career. According to research conducted by the National Federation of Independent Businesses, taking even a short walk during lunch can increase your creativity by up to 81 percent.    

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4

You’ll eat less junk food

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According to a study published in Prevention, meal-skippers were 31 percent more likely to grab junk food at the grocery store.

5

It breaks up your workday

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Have you ever sat at your desk staring at the clock, swearing that time might actually be going backward? Daily distractions like a lunch break are a great way to help the day feel like it’s going by faster. 

6

You’ll give your eyes a rest

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Staring at a computer all day can wreak havoc on your eyes. In fact, according to CNN, between 50 and 90 percent of people who work in front of a computer have some sort of eye trouble. Taking your lunch break can help cut down on the screen time. Trust us, your eyes will thank you.