How To Fit A Workout Into Your Lunch Break

A busy work schedule does not need to compromise your ability to get a good workout in several days a week. In fact, given the health benefits of exercise and how good it can make you feel, it’s more important than ever to work out a few times a week when you are very busy.

You may be the type of person who likes to sleep in as long as possible before going in to work, so exercising before leaving for work in the morning may not be a good option for you. Similarly, you may have various responsibilities after work, and a hectic schedule may make it hard to know exactly when you’ll be getting off for the day.

If you’re in the situation of needing to get a good workout a few days a week but not having an ideal time before or after work to do it, you might want to consider using your lunch break. You may think there’s not enough time during your lunch break to get a good workout in, but if you plan accordingly and follow a few good pointers, it will be a simple solution to the problem of seemingly having no time to work out.

See What Gyms Are Near Your Workplace.

Determining the best solution to any problem starts by making yourself aware of all the available options. Check out what gyms are close to where you work and what facilities they have.

Some workout places are not only well equipped in terms of exercise equipment but also have places to eat either on the premises or very nearby. They are aware that a certain percentage of their clientele are people who are trying to squeeze a workout into their lunch break, so they do everything they can to make getting a healthy meal on top of a complete workout as simple and fast as possible.

Discover What Other Options Are Available for Exercise

Getting a good workout does not necessarily require going to a gym. Are there bike or jogging trails near where you work? If your workplace has shower facilities or you feel you can get cleaned up enough at the bathroom sink afterward, this may be preferable to taking the additional time of going out to a more complete facility. It’s also a chance to get away from your workstation that allows you to be out in the sun after being cooped up all day in an office.

Bring Everything You’ll Need to Work

Be sure to remember a gym bag with your makeup, a clean towel and any soap, deodorant and other toiletries that you’ll need post workout. You’ll need these things whether you’re showering at a gym or using the restroom sink at work to quickly refresh yourself. Packing a lunch will save you the time of having to find a restaurant and then placing and waiting for your order to come to your table, which frees up more time for the workout or cleaning up afterward.

Go for an Intense Workout

Time will be at a premium because you’ll also need to eat lunch. Given this fact, you’ll have to get calories burned in the shortest possible time, and more intense workouts lend themselves to this situation. In other words, depending on your fitness level, you may want to go for a run instead of a walk, or if you opt for the gym, high-intensity interval training on an elliptical or treadmill may be preferable over swimming or other less intense workouts.

Eat Enough to Fully Recharge Yourself From the Workout

Especially if you are exercising intensely, your body is going to need to be seriously replenished after working out. Whether you pack a lunch or go out to eat, remember to eat healthily, but also eat sufficiently to recover.

A good post-workout meal should include protein, carbs and even some fat. A midday workout should be something that energizes you for the latter half of the work day, so make sure that you don’t skip eating or eat so little that you end up feeling drained afterward.

 

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