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5 Wellness Ideas You Can Try During Lunch

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This time of year, why eat lunch at your desk while answering emails when you can take advantage of the warm weather by stepping out of the office for an hour — or just even 30 minutes — and taking a proper mental breather or physical break?

Instead of worrying about work deadlines or running yet another round of personal errands on your lunch, you could be improving your general well-being by trying new beauty treatments, taking a meditation class or fitting in a low-intensity workout. Here are five activities to check out in the Yorkville neighbourhood this summer.

 

Serious Eats

Every Wednesday until August 29, stroll over to Yorkville Village’s The Lane between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. to find great food and locally made crafts and treats at Upmarket: The Lunch Edit. Leave the Tupperware behind and savour something delicious for lunch, whether you’re in the mood for Phancy Food Catering’s gourmet grilled cheese sandwich, or an organic snack from nutbar.

 

Body Break

If you’re dealing with stress or minor physical ailments, a stop at The Hazelton Hotel’s Valmont Spa offers immediate relief in the form of therapies like the Swedish Relaxation massage and Detox Wrap body treatment. Most treatments are just 60 minutes long, although if you can take an extended lunch, we would also recommend taking a few laps in the luxurious hotel pool.

 

Flex Time

Most of us aren’t keen on doing intense workouts midday, because returning to the office flushed or rushing to shower and look presentable again isn’t ideal. But at Equinox at Yorkville Village, there are a number of one-hour lunchtime fitness classes during the week that focus on flexibility and regeneration rather than cardio, including Yin Yoga and Hatha Yoga.

 

Tune Out

Just opened this month, Mindset Brain Gym on Cumberland offers meditation classes that use high-tech tools — such as a headband that measures your brainwaves and offers in-app analysis — to help you focus on goals like improved mental resilience and concentration. Classes take as little as 30 minutes, and there are even healthful snacks and kombucha on tap when you’re done.

 

Lunch Mates

Enjoy a healthy and delicious team-building lunch with your favourite coworkers at Palm Lane. This beautiful, sit-down eatery offers vibrant salads and hearty grain bowls that are perfect for vegetarians, vegans, and gluten-free diners. Innovative and sustainable, the entire menu—by Chef Tyler Shedden of the Chase Hospitality Group—is crave-worthy and will leave you feeling energized.