Hoping to get a workout in but can’t find the time to do it? Working out during your lunch break could be just the solve you need. Here are some tips to help you efficiently manage your time, plus a step-by-step plan for fitting it in—after all, every minute counts.
The key to slipping a sweat session into the middle of your day: preparation! Pack your gym bag and your healthy sack lunch the night before, so you’re not rushed in the morning. Gym bag essentials include your workout clothes, headphones, a towel, toiletries and cosmetics (if needed), and a water bottle. For that post-workout refuel, think beyond the soggy sandwich. Wraps, salads, and other easy-to-pack items can be put together ahead of time for a healthy, and tasty lunch.
Ready, set, workout! Follow this handy, minute-by-minute guide to turn your average lunch break into a productive sweat sesh. In just one hour, you’ll feel energized and accomplished— and you’ll be back at the office in time for your next meeting.
12:00pm: Grab your gym bag, head to office restroom, and change into workout clothes.
12:05pm: Leave the office and walk to your workout space. Whether that’s the gym down the street, an office fitness center, an outdoor space, or even a meeting room—there are plenty of options.
12:15pm: Start your 20-minute workout. Run outside, go on a power walk with a coworker, cue up this FitStar workout in a conference room, or hop on the elliptical at a nearby gym.
12:35pm: Head to the locker room or nearest restroom to freshen up, and change back into your work clothes. (Don’t underestimate the power of a pack of baby wipes when you don’t have time for a full shower.)
12:45pm: Walk back to your office.
12:55pm: Grab your brown-bagged lunch from the office fridge.
1:00pm: Sit down at your desk, enjoy your healthy meal, and go about your day.
There you have it, a lunchtime workout schedule to help you reach your health and fitness goals. Give it a try during your next lunch break!
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This article is not intended to substitute for informed medical advice. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or condition. Always check with your doctor before changing your diet, altering your sleep habits, taking supplements, or starting a new fitness routine.