How to squeeze in exercise on lunch break.
Busy professionals have busy schedules and put off working out, but there is a solution.
Exercising after work is probably the last thing on your mind after countless hours of sitting in front of the computer. But if you are at odds with finding the right time to exercise, a solution to this might just be squeezing in a workout during your lunch break. You will not only reap the physical and health benefits, but you might just find yourself with a renewable source of energy for the rest of your workday.
If time management has been a challenge in the exercise department, here are six quick and easy tips on how to fit exercise into your day.
Check out the scene
If you do not belong to a gym, now may be the time to consider joining. If you work in a busy city, there will be lots of options where you can purchase a membership or an individual class. Look for gyms that are within three miles of your office. That way, you have maximum time for a workout without having to rush. The best part of joining a gym is the variety of offerings. You do not have to do stand-alone workouts if they aren’t appealing to you, especially if you are an exercise novice. Gyms offer lots of equipment that can be intimidating at first. Do not hesitate to ask the gym staff for help, as they will be more than happy to instruct you on proper use.
Make it happen
If this sounds like a daunting task to you, think again! How do you make it all happen during your one-hour lunch? With a little bit of creativity, you can make a lot happen in 60 minutes. Do not be intimidated. You can do this!
You could take a cycling/spinning class or take advantage of the gym equipment by doing a full body workout. Being that you are getting in a workout in less than an hour, the goal should be to work out for no more than 40 minutes. A quick tip for fat burning efficiency is to lift weights for 20 minutes and add cardio for 20 minutes. By doing both, you are increasing your fat burning capacity in a limited amount of time. If you are feeling sore or not up for high energy workouts, take yoga or a swimming class. These are still valuable exercises but easier on the joints.
Keep in mind that to get maximum results in a short amount of time, you want to keep moving. As the workouts are about 30-40 minutes due to time constraints, move fast. You can lose momentum by dragging out a workout and you don’t need two hours to get in an efficient workout.
We cannot forget the obvious here, and that is that you will be a sweaty mess after the workout. How could you ever return to work and shower all in under an hour? It’s very doable, if you stick to the 40 minute workout we talked about. Then, you should have ample time to shower and return to work. Most gyms offer a locker room with showers, soaps and all the works, so you’re able to get a quick rinse before going back to the office.
Lastly, working out is an opportunity to be free and physical with your body while having fun. Do an exercise that works for you, do something that makes you feel good. The important thing here is to develop the habit of physical activity, while taking advantage of free time you didn’t realize you had.