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GOBO0704 SparkPoints: (1,547)
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1/3/13 1:25 P

i havent checked on my lunch break since i didnt bring workout clothes today. i can get in a few 5 minutes without getting too sweaty, but 45mins+ i need a change of clothes for.

thanks for the tips tho! i'll check it out again in a few weeks to see if everyone is just there because it's january. it was during the summer i went down to check it out last time, but that might have been pre-vacation rushes as well.

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (197,072)
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1/3/13 1:14 P

You can break your workouts up into shorter segments and still get all the benefits. three 10 minute walks spaced out through the day still adds up to a 30 minute walk.

My concern is whether or not your boss will start noticing you missing during those times. You don't want to get fired because you're not doing your job. Could you workout at lunch ? Or does the room get crowded then too ?

Also, even if the cardio equipment is being used, why don't you use the weights for a strength training workout in the morning or evening ? Your strength training is as important as your cardio.

DUCKIJO SparkPoints: (9,900)
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1/3/13 1:07 P

any thing is better than nothing....

Here are some other things you can do that don't require you waiting for a maching at work.
On your lunch break, you may have a park district close by that has a walking path..
walk outside (it is too cold here)

DAKOTA50 Posts: 909
1/3/13 12:37 P

I'd say calories burned are calories gone. If that's all you can do, do it! Any exercise is worth it.

MEGAPEEJ Posts: 732
1/3/13 12:35 P

Is the workout room always full or is it just because it's January and there are more resolutions happening than usual?

If the room is always busy, it might be worth mentioning to management/HR to see if they'd consider adding more equipment, or possible do staggered days - payroll dept can use the room Mon Weds, maintenance Tues Thurs, etc.

If it's resolutionists, come back in February. ;)

KRISTEN_SAYS SparkPoints: (81,445)
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1/3/13 12:35 P

Do you have a lunch hour? Can you exercise then?

GOBO0704 SparkPoints: (1,547)
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1/3/13 11:47 A

i dont think i can sneak away for 15 minutes multiple times a day :( we're in a huge building and of course it's on the other end, so it takes about 2 minutes to get down there from my office.

we'll see. we dont even get smoke breaks so i cant even say i'm just out smoking!!

CHEETARA79 SparkPoints: (107,234)
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1/3/13 11:42 A

I'm pretty sure the Spark rule for cardio is that it only counts in continuous 10 minute chunks of time. So if you can get on the elliptical for 10 minutes straight, it's worth it.

GOBO0704 SparkPoints: (1,547)
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1/3/13 11:25 A

at work we have a "work-out room". 2 ellipticals, 2 treadmills and some free weights. i've tried going down before and after work, but they are always full.

so today i decided to sneak down during office hours (shhh!!). i can get away from my desk for under 10 minutes before anyone notices, so by the time i get down there and back, i can sneak in 5-6 minutes. i did the elliptical for 5 minutes, 55 calories burned.

so if i can do this 2-3 times a day, is it even worth it? at least it gets my heart pumping a little, and it's more than if i didnt do anything right? it could be almost 200 calories if i can do 3 sets of 6 minutes...

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