Most of us barely have an hour for lunch on work days. Transporting to and from the gym, getting in that workout, showering afterwards and then making it back to your desk in time pretty much allows for a 5 minute workout.
We have some ideas for non-sweat workouts (so you can skip the shower) and get you outdoors on these gorgeous days instead of in a hot gym. Try some and let us know what you think!
- Walk a hill. You likely don’t have to go too far to find a hill or even some stadium stairs not too far from your workplace. Walking on an incline will get your heart rate up in a shorter period of time than on the flat. Just before you start to break a sweat, slow it down, cool down a bit, then take it up a notch again. Your metabolic rate after your walk will be higher than a longer, same-paced walk on the flat.
- Lunge walk. Similar to the hill walk mentioned above, but if you do only have flat ground near your work place, walking lunges give your legs and tush a really great workout! Add some arm raises or arm swings with dumb bells and you can target your arms as well.
- Tube it in the park! Get yourself a resistance band or two and go for this 20 minute workout at a local playground. This one hits all the major muscle groups and the instructor does a good job or teaching good form. You can download the printable version of it here.
- Bike it! Pack your bike along and do a quick change into comfy cycling clothes at the office. Again, just take it at a pace until just before you start to break a sweat and then back off. Do this for 30 -40 minutes and you will have plenty of time to put your bike away and tidy yourself up a bit before your return to the office.
- Yoga Mat in the sun! All it takes is a quiet corner in the park, your yoga mat and a peaceful playlist on your phone and you have just cleared your mind and beat the office stress. You will return refreshed and ready to be productive the rest of the day.
No matter which approach you take, your boss and co-workers will see a new and energized you after a regular commitment to your do-able lunch time routine.
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