It never seems like we have enough time to get through our workout fully. Whether we try to squeeze it in before work, or after, it can feel like we’re rushing through so we can enjoy our precious free time. What if we told you there’s another way…?
Something growing in popularity in recent years is the idea of working out during your lunch break at work. In fact, some employers even provide a gym for their team in the building. Research has shown the lunch hour may even be the best time of the day to workout. Our strength peaks at midday when we’re at our most awake, making it the ideal window to work up a sweat. And, according to Gold’s Gym, the quietest time at the gym during the week is from 1pm to 2pm. So, is it a good idea for your own fitness plan? Let’s look at some of the most common talking points around the idea.
Making Time to Eat
Our lunch break is designed to give us time to eat and unwind. If you’re hitting the gym during this time it’s vital you still make time to eat. After all, you’re going to need the calories after pumping iron for an hour. Whether you’re slamming a sandwich while reading emails, or snacking over an Excel document, eating is a must. If you can’t make time to eat, lunchtime workouts won’t be nearly as effective.
Some people think there’s a stigma around lunchtime workouts; that if you’re leaving the office to go to the gym it means you aren’t working hard or don’t have a lot do to. There’s nothing whatsoever wrong with having a lunchtime routine. Ensure all relevant team members know you’ll be away from your desk and when you’ll be back. Employers understand the need for a strong work/life balance and will most likely be supportive of your efforts.
Don’t Take Liberties
Most workplaces offer an hour for lunch each day. You’ll have to decide whether it’s feasible for you to squeeze a worthwhile workout into this time and still be back on schedule. The worst thing you can do is get into a habit of taking extra-long lunch breaks. This, moreso than where you’re going, is likely to cause issues in the long run. If workload is high and the pressure is on, work should always come first. If your employer shows flexibility around lunchtimes, reciprocate in the mornings and evenings.
Will you be able to adequately clean up before returning to work? Let’s face it, you’re going to sweat. Maybe even a lot. Nobody wants to sit beside a sweaty person all afternoon. Adequate time to shower and clean up should be worked into your lunchtime workout. Your workmates will thank you!
Bring your workout gear each day, even if you don’t intend on working out. Sometimes, an opportunity to workout will present itself and you’ll curse yourself if you’ve left your gear at home. Conversely, there’ll be days you’re eager to workout but the schedule simply won’t allow it. Be flexible and be opportunistic. Always take an opportunity to workout.
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