You probably have a regular time of working out. Maybe it’s in the morning before you get ready for work, or after work before you head home. Then life happens and you find that you need to squeeze your workout in at another time—maybe your lunch break—for a couple of days.
You don’t want to miss your workout, so here are some ideas for when, or if, you need to sneak in a few moves during lunch time.
An easy way to get some exercise during your lunch break is to pack some walking shoes and take a 15-to-20-minute power walk through the office building, up and down the stairs, or in an area outside, such as the perimeter of the parking lot or along area sidewalks. By the way, studies indicate that people who walk during their lunch breaks get a boost in their moods and in their ability to handle work stresses. Overall, walkers are more calm, alert and happy than those who are inactive.
If your office has a designated gym, then that’s perfect! Use it during your lunch hour. Pack your workout clothes and shoes (and maybe your iPod for workout tunes) and get your fitness on. If there isn’t a gym onsite at work, but there is one close by, zip in there over your lunch break. Many gyms or studios have “express” group classes, such as a 30-minute indoor cycling or yoga class. You can be in and out, back at work and rejuvenated to finish out the work day.
You can even conduct some work while you exercise. For example, if you have a meeting with a coworker or coworkers, then go for a walk and get through your meeting agenda during your walk. If you have some work items to review, then tote those along and read through them while you are on a stationary bike or elliptical.
Of course, you don’t want to miss out on lunch, either. So, pack a lunch and eat that when you return to your desk, or maybe mix up a protein smoothie and savor its goodness.
Here’s to staying fit despite the hectic schedule!
In order to avoid risk of injury, please seek advice directly from your physician, especially if you have existing medical issues, before beginning any exercise or nutritional program. Also, be sure to stretch after exercise to avoid muscle and joint tightness