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IMREITE SparkPoints: (253,592)
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2/14/13 11:15 P

we have 30 minutes for lunch and we can not go over. i bring my lunch so i don't get stuck with the vending machine or our vender (not always healthy options)

EDNAMAE251 SparkPoints: (3,445)
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2/14/13 4:58 P

Hi there - this is pretty much my routine as well but I have an elliptical in my office too to change things up. I'm having tough time loosing and I'm sure there are factors that I'm not seeing but do you think that doing our exercise on our lunch break and then eating can hold us back? I was just curious. My lunch hour is my work out time because I work full time and have 2 children and a husband, there isnt much time to do so when I get home. Please share your opinion. Have you noticed any set backs? I've lost 16 pounds but it has taken me over a year to do so!

BREEBREELYNN Posts: 157
2/13/13 9:32 P

I get an hour lunch break so I walk about 3-4 miles and then eat my lunch at my desk. Thank god my bosses don't mind! The other day it rained so I pulled out some weights I keep at my desk, went into an empty office, put pandora on my smartphone and did my own little routine.

SIMPLYJENNY Posts: 72
2/13/13 8:17 P

I also only get 30 minutes and it is enough time to basically eat my lunch. I would love to have time to be able to exercise too!

ALLICIAC SparkPoints: (24,190)
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2/13/13 6:39 P

I'm jealous of your lunch breaks! I get 30 minutes for lunch and that is my only break in the day. I have enough time to heat up my food, sit down, and eat my lunch and yogurt. By the time I'm done eating my next appointment is waiting.

RICHARJ SparkPoints: (4,527)
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2/13/13 4:12 P

Today at lunch instead of looking for something to eat. I went to the company gym for 20 minutes. I walked over there and I used the elytical for 7 minutes and did weights for 13 minutes...then I walked back to my car...all together that was about a 30 minute workout but I feel pretty good about it since it was unplanned and the first day.....

SUGAR0814 Posts: 3,847
2/13/13 11:34 A

I walk with co-workers if the weather permits.

SALEX52 Posts: 4,281
2/13/13 11:04 A

Walking at 2 mph is a good start. I have found that the more I walk, the faster my pace has become. So in a couple of months, you may be walking at 3 mph, which will be even better.
Anything you do to move more is a win!

BHANDDT Posts: 84
2/12/13 8:40 P

I love to walk on my lunch break.

MELMOMOF4 SparkPoints: (7,311)
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2/12/13 2:03 P

just as long as you are moving. any movement is good

KDYLOSE Posts: 758
2/12/13 1:36 P

I walk two miles in 30 minutes at lunch so I guess that's 4 mph. The only place I get sweaty is under my bust, which I usually alleviate by putting a men's athletic sock in there.

APRILLPHILLIPS SparkPoints: (8,058)
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2/12/13 9:47 A

I have the same problem at work. I have been trying to get it done after dinner at night but have been finding that hard to do the last few days. I have made the choice now to use my daughters room and do my DVD's while they all watch TV since they refuse to get in on the exerises

DFREITAG4 SparkPoints: (10,895)
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2/11/13 10:36 P

I usually do a 2 mi walk at lunch. Sometimes it's cardio and sometimes it's just walking. Either way you'll burn calories as long as your moving.

EMMAEKAY SparkPoints: (18,322)
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2/11/13 5:01 P

Walking is great for fitness. Just make sure your heart rate is actually getting elevated, otherwise, it doesn't count for cardio. Figure out your max HR, and shoot for 60-70%. You might get a little sweaty, so bring workout clothes and facial wipes or baby wipes.

Do you watch TV after work? If you have time to watch TV, you have time to exercise. I've been known to walk in place/knee lift/side step while watching the show, then during the commercials do crunches and push-ups. Works wonders for getting the heart rate up!

BARBANNA SparkPoints: (107,556)
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2/11/13 1:18 P

I love to workout during lunch break! I don't know if it's because I have loosened up by noon or I have more energy at that time. When I am at home I still workout at lunch but it's more exciting to do it while you are on the job as you feel like you are getting extra time for other things later in the day!

It definately revs up your motor and all your co-workers are jealous that you have the motivation to do it!

ANKLLOYD SparkPoints: (23,994)
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2/11/13 1:10 P

I usually go for a walk outside or inside depending on the weather.

PATRICIAANN74 Posts: 78
2/11/13 12:30 P

Four times a day I take the stairs at work. Down to the lobby and up to the penthouse and then back down (7 flights of stairs). I figure it's better than nothing and gets me away from my desk.

CINCYDORA Posts: 3,505
2/11/13 12:06 P

I brought resistance bands to the office and do a light circuit workout with a co-worker a couple days a week. The trick is to work hard enough to get a little dew on my forehead but not so hard that my pits cry for extra deodorant. I think whatever you do, the key is getting your heart rate up.


1GOODCOOK2 SparkPoints: (1,288)
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2/11/13 9:55 A

I am fortunate to work at a hospital with a fitness center that offers "lunch time" 20-30 minute classes a few times a week - primarily of the abs/stretch variety. On the other days, I try to walk on the track for at least 20 minutes of my 30 minute break. While none of the activities "work up a sweat", I find it invigorates me for the remainder of the day!

HAPPY_TRAVELS SparkPoints: (15,726)
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2/10/13 8:10 P

Depending on which shift I am on. Days I am usually running the whole shift with no breaks.
If I work afternoons then I usually take the dog for a 20 minute walk before I head off to work. We usually do a 50 minute walk in the morning.

DOWNTOWNER17 SparkPoints: (367)
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2/10/13 8:04 P

Unfortunately, I don;t have time to exercise during lunch, but I make it a point to not sit longer than an hour at a time. I drink lots of water throughout the day (and throw cucumber slices in it to make it tasty) so it make me get up to go to the bathroom quite often, I also constantly volunteer to run to the mail room when things need to be sent out or to run to the other side of the building. Every step counts!!

FUNSIZESANDY SparkPoints: (27,359)
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2/9/13 2:57 P

Wow! Great ideas here. I never thought about walking slow enough not to get sweaty- that's brilliant!

RUNNINGAL425 SparkPoints: (80,165)
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2/9/13 2:26 P

During the cooler winter months, I run at lunch, and change clothes quickly, after a quick rubdown with a dry towel. If you get out of your sweaty clothes and dry off quickly, you really don't need a shower. Sweat doesn't smell usually unless you let it sit and mix with your body oils. I just put on more deoderant, and spray a very little bit of body mist on.

And just in case you wondered, yes, I sweat A LOT. Especially during a 3-4 mile run.

So, do something at lunch! Even a brisk walk!

WANRAS SparkPoints: (43,324)
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2/8/13 5:03 P

Wow, all of you do much better than I do at lunch. Unfortunately, I am lucky if I can get to chew my food. The phone rings non-stop and people are in and out of my office. I have 30 guys that are in the field working plus operators in 52 villages that don't look at clocks when they need to contact the office. I usually try to do some relaxing from 12:00 - 1:00 and visit the SP site to get in some reading.

ENGLEAM SparkPoints: (37,938)
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2/8/13 2:17 P

I work in an office, over my lunch break I try to break for the gym for a quick 45 minute cardio and weight lifting session. I really enjoy my lunch break because it gives me time to become calm and collected, re-group for the rest of the day. emoticon emoticon

AMYEBEE1924 SparkPoints: (8,247)
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2/8/13 1:16 P

A walk at lunch is a great idea because you are moving...that's the key. I bet if you really tracked it, you can walk faster than 2mph and still not be too sweaty. Baby wipes are good for freshening up at the work place too-there are plenty that are unscented if you don't like that baby powder smell.

I also have a resistance band in my desk and there are lots of good videos in Sparkpeople that use them them in quick routines. It just gets my heart going when I am on lunch break. I just shut my office door and do a quick 10 minutes or so. Plus it makes me feel so much more awake for the rest of my day as I too sit at a desk all day! There are even good core workouts to do from a chair and if you have the space maybe some leg toning workouts, all in 15 minutes or less for the most part!

Good luck, hope you find what works best for you! emoticon

SHEAINTPLAYIN SparkPoints: (4,389)
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2/8/13 10:13 A

I work in an office at a desk all day and I have a 5 year old, I'm divorced and so it's usually myself running after my kiddo before and after work as well.

But I try religiously to get 10 minutes of some type of workout in as soon as I get up in the morning, before I even wake my child up. Usually 70-100 vigorous jumping jacks, some pushups, squats, bridges, crunches and then some light jogging in place for about 5 minutes or so. It helps to wake me up, my body up and get me started for the day. By the time I've walked out the house, I've already had 3-4 servings of water.

At work, over lunch I usually go home and get a quick 10 minute spark video in and then I use that time as my quiet time to relax. If I stay at work, I'll close my door and do the same and add in some squats and lunges.

After work, I do Zumba or Insanity depending on the day once I put my son to bed. It's hard sometimes to get motivated that late, but if I already see myself not feeling motivated early in the evening I pull out a Just Dance game and do it with my son bc it doesn't feel as much like exercise.

For me, it's adding in various exercises throughout my day instead of leaving it for one allotted time..because then it feels overwhelming and I just end up not doing it at all.

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2/8/13 9:50 A

I am a nurse in a nursing home, therefore generally, I am on my feet and either briskly walking or running throughout the day!!! I also do a lot of lifting, tugging, pulling, bending, reaching etc...So, when you get a chance to have a break, which usually is not a full 1/2 hour you take it, enjoy the few moments of peace and silence, I try to block out any thoughts of stress of work and enjoy my food-my now healthier choices as well!!!

CALLMECARRIE Posts: 1,598
2/7/13 5:01 P

I personally do a brisk 15-minute walk, incorporating flights of stairs, every morning and afternoon at work. I slip in a few work-related errands like going to the mail room or hand-delivering some paperwork, but it's not a leisurely stroll, it's as brisk as I can do at work without getting too sweaty.

Then at lunch, I actually sit down and enjoy my lunch. I've never understood people who can skip lunch. I work out for 30 minutes at home before I leave for work, so by noon I'm starved. The walk breaks just keep my metabolism boosted and give me a little more total exercise for the day.

DANISARANAC1 Posts: 261
2/7/13 4:56 P

Currently my breaks at work are far too busy, I barely get time to eat, just with the walking around the building that I do. Our manufacturing area is all enclosed in the center of the building, and the offices surround it, so everyone that likes to does laps around it, it's about the size of a football field, I think if I used GPS, 4 laps would be a mile.

JUSTJANE16 SparkPoints: (266)
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2/7/13 4:00 P

There is a great neighborhood behind my office that has some steep paved roads. Two loops around is 2 miles and with the intensity of the inclines, it is both strength and cardio. I have an hour lunchtime blocked off on my schedule, to prevent my co-workers from scheduling me straight through the day. My goal is to get outside for a 35-40 minute walk at least three times/week. I keep an eye on the weather, to be sure it won't be too cold (below 32) or rainy on the days I want to walk. If I can't get outside, I keep 5 lb weights in the office and find one, or a combination of SP videos to do. Lucky for me, I have a door on my office, but if I didn't I would reserve a conference room and stream the video from my phone. Yes, if you opened my door you might find me doing modified pushups in my work clothes. Coach Nicole's videos on YouTube save me during inclement weather!

RUTHIE254 Posts: 262
2/7/13 11:32 A

Walking at a moderate pace is great during the day. You can save the sweatiness for morning or evening workouts.

GLORIAMAJDI SparkPoints: (84,758)
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2/7/13 9:37 A

I go for a lunch time walk and I try to keep it at about 3 to 3.5 mph. That way I am not getting too sweaty. In the summer I bring a t-shirt to change into and a towel. I go to the bathroom and put the t-shirt on before my walk and then towel off, put on antiperspirant and my work clothes, and back to work I go. I even go when it is super cold - just be sure to layer your clothes and wear a hat. I have gone in the rain too; I have a nice raincoat and rain hat that helps me out with that.

Edited by: GLORIAMAJDI at: 2/7/2013 (16:38)
SIMONEKP Posts: 2,546
2/7/13 9:10 A

I try to close my office door and eat slowly and I also check out stuff on SP. I don't like to get sweaty at work unless I'm going home right after.

OZIETWIN Posts: 680
2/7/13 6:22 A

I walk every day on my lunch break. If the weather is not so nice outside, I walk the stairwells in my building - up and down....

BETTER_LUCK Posts: 38
2/7/13 6:15 A

I have an office and (usually) privacy during lunch breaks, so I've taken up jumping rope for 10 mins. I break a sweat, so I carry wet wipes and my deodorant with me. If I don't have privacy, I go for a walk, or do squats in the bathroom. I agree with the resistance band; SparkPeople has a nice 20-min workout that you can do at a desk.

Edited by: BETTER_LUCK at: 2/7/2013 (06:31)
23KAIYA Posts: 4,856
2/6/13 4:10 P

I walk for my lunch breaks as well. Normally, about mid afternoon I hit a slump with low energy or drive. The days I walk at lunch, at a brisk pace but not so hard I sweat, the slump does not appear.

JCWIAKALA Posts: 347
2/6/13 3:44 P

I can't get sweaty during my lunch either, so I opt for a walk. For me, a 3-3.5 mph pace gets my heart rate up just a little bit. It's definitely better than nothing! Walking a mile and a half is definitely a lunch well- spent.

CBS1959 Posts: 129
2/6/13 1:27 P

For the last two weeks I have been spending 30 minutes at the gym. Some days its just treadmill, some days weights too. Then home for a quick chicken breast that I have cooked up and ready to just be microwaved.. Figure better to be doing that than sitting in front of the tv and mindlessly eating for an hour.

ELIZABETHWCREW SparkPoints: (546)
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2/6/13 12:53 P

I try to talk a walk for at least 15 min during "lunch". Or at least at somepoint during the day. It's nice to get outside for a little while and remember that there is scenery other than the sides of my cube...

1MANKNEY SparkPoints: (18,681)
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2/6/13 11:55 A

I sit down and enjoy my meal slowly while I catch up on my Sparking. I know you are supposed to focus on what you are eating, but for me, I enjoy taking a break with my Spark friends and since I eat slower, I think I eat less. At least I am not hungry at the end of my meal.

HAILEYLW SparkPoints: (2,240)
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2/6/13 11:05 A

The SparkPeople Workout Generator has some strength training workouts that are actually pretty good. They don't take a super long time, and I always feel like I'm pushing myself without getting super sweaty.

INDNANNA1979 SparkPoints: (11,373)
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2/6/13 11:00 A

During my lunch break I take a walk and use the Map My Route button on the fitness page to see how far and fast I was walking. It will also give you an estimate of the calories you burned based on your weight. Usually I am able to burn enough calories to offset my lunch and it gets your metabolism going for the rest of the day. This has helped me feel like I'm staying active without getting too sweaty to go back to work.

UGAKATE85 Posts: 2,630
2/6/13 10:22 A

Something is always better than nothing. I'm very lucky in that I can usually go for a walk and/or run on my lunch break since it is close to 3 o'clock in the afternoon, after which I never see clients. So getting sweaty isn't an issue. I do understand though not wanting to sit around sweaty, so I will make sure after my heart rate returns to normal and my body is done sweating, I change back into my work clothes. I also make sure I have face wipes that I'll use on my face, chest, armpits, etc. then reapply deodorant and some perfume and it's at least good enough to last until I get home! :)

ICANDI4U SparkPoints: (18,683)
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2/5/13 8:30 P

On my lunch break...I don't take too much time to eat, so I have a protein shake and go on with my day.

BUBBLEJ1 Posts: 2,945
2/5/13 7:07 P

I get less sweaty doing strength training than when I do cardio, so I would suggest you do ST during your lunch break. My routine takes 20 minutes if I push myself, and is a full body workout.

JENMC14 Posts: 2,707
2/5/13 4:16 P

Something is better than nothing, but I don't think I'd log it as cardio regularly and for go other cardio. I did a low impact walking video, and felt guilty counting because my heartrate didn't go up at all. I won't be using that as a cardio workout again. I'd think the same thing for walking at a 2. That seems so, so slow to me, and I wouldn't think it would elevate your HR in any menaingful way. If your HR doesn't get up, it's not "really" cardio.

TJ1TJ1 SparkPoints: (2,420)
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2/5/13 4:09 P

I too work out in the "work" gym, with limited time to work out. I don't have the time to be sweaty, and take a shower, so, I can't work up a nice sweat as well. So, what I normally do is, 15 minutes walking on the treadmill, inclined, somewhere between 3.5 and 4.0 speed. This is enough to at least get me breathing hard, and make my body sweat enough that I can towel dry, and not get stinky :). Some days, I just do weights. Upper body or lower body. My theory is, as long as I am moving...briskly enough..burning some calories...then its good. Incorporated with diet, I will I lose weight..and best of all, I'm doing something!

Edited by: TJ1TJ1 at: 2/5/2013 (16:10)
CHRISTINA791 SparkPoints: (39,642)
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2/5/13 3:51 P

I think walking is a great idea. We actually have a lunchtime walk club at my office. You can also look at the old standby of taking the stairs instead of the elevator.

I also like doing some stretching trhoughout the day, just to make sure I'm getting out of my chair and moving around a bit. I keep a resistance band at my desk, since it doesn't take up too much space.

Do you have a few extra minutes after work? You could look at hitting the fitness center then, and it would be a little more time efficient than waiting until you get home. When I'm having a tired day, I bring my gym clothes to work, change immedately after (or shuffle my schedule so I can duck out 15 minutes early) and go for a run. It's just eaiser for me to tack on an extra 30 minutes on to my work day than to schedule 30 minutes into my evening.

Edited by: CHRISTINA791 at: 2/5/2013 (15:52)
COCOAFEATHERS SparkPoints: (334)
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2/5/13 3:13 P

I work In a professional setting and need to get some moderate exercise in at work. We have a fitness center, but I can't get too sweaty and icky bc I don't have the ability to really freshen up..the gym is for my residents. I was wondering if I walk maybe 30 to 45 minutes, say at 2 mph is that good enough?? I was also thinking of doing a few reps, squats, and stretches with my kettle ball. I'm really trying to get some exercise in where I can bc when I get home there is NO time and I'm too tired in the morning running after my son. Ay input is helpful. Thanks!!

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