Lunch Break Fitness Routines You Can Add to Your Work Day
Time is in short supply for everyone, but particularly for those who work a regular 40+ hour week. It can be very difficult to find the time in your week to set aside for exercise. But given the importance of exercise for both mental and physical fitness, you really need to find a way to squeeze that time in somehow. So why not on your lunch hour? It’s surprisingly easy to incorporate a lunch break fitness routine into your average workday. Can lunch hour exercise really be effective? Yes. And here are some ways you can get started.
Lunch Hour Workouts
The thing to remember is that you don’t have the luxury of a whole lot of excess time during your lunch hour. And you don’t want to waste your time with marginal exercises which won’t reap any results. So how you can squeeze in an effective lunch break fitness workout? Aim for short-burst, high-intensity workouts. These are the ideal type of workout because they put your body in calorie burning mode and it continues to burn calories even after you’ve finished exercising. Alternatively, you can do just about any workout you’d normally do — just in abbreviated form (higher intensity, shorter time). Here are some options to try out.
Some Effective Lunch Hour Exercise Routines
Gym Class – Some gyms offer lunchtime classes that can fit into your lunch hour. Pick one that is of interest to you or you won't stick with it.
Cardio Machine – Maybe your gym doesn’t offer a lunch hour workouts program. No problem. Just lock in a solid 20-30 minutes on your cardio machine of choice and you’ll be good to go.
Circuit Training – Pair up with a coworker for circuit walking or jogging around a local park or field. Use short bursts of energy in varying speeds for maximum results. Burst training like this can give you a full-body workout in a short amount of time.
Do Supersets – Maximize your lunch hour exercise and maximize your calorie burn by doing supersets, a style of exercise without resting in between.
Yoga or Pilates – A yoga or pilates session makes for a perfect refresher during lunch hour. You’ll be able to relax and unwind for a bit, meditate if you like, and generally get your mind off stressful work-related things. You’ll get valuable stretching in without getting too sweaty.
Go for a Walk – Walking is probably the easiest way to get a lunch break fitness routine into your busy day. Explore the local terrain, get your errands done, or simply enjoy a pleasant stroll. Going for a walk is especially great after a meal as it helps to lower blood sugar and ease digestion.
Additional Tips to Help You Stick to It
Pack your lunch – It’s important that you eat a nutritious lunch to keep your energy up. Packing your lunch ahead of time ensures that you don’t waste time standing in line somewhere. A small, pre-workout snack such as a handful of nuts or some yogurt isn’t a bad idea.
Prepare your gym bag – Make sure your gym bag is packed up and ready and has all the essentials you’ll need to complete your lunch hour exercise and get back to work on time. Leave it by the door the night before so you don’t forget to take it with you.
Keep a pair of sneakers under your desk – When inspiration strikes and you want to go on a walk on your lunch break, having sneakers under your desk not only protects your feet, but means you’re ready to go at a moment’s notice.
Write down your workouts – Keep a small notebook with your lunch hour exercise habits and accomplishments. Set goals for yourself, but make them realistic. For example, it’s not realistic to expect that you’ll go to the gym Monday through Friday if you haven’t established this routine before. Start slow and pick up the pace over time. Write your lunch break fitness routines into your calendar as if they were important appointments to help you remember and commit to them.
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