I try to do a 30 minute brisk walk every lunch hour to a) get my bones moving ,my job is pretty sedentary, b) get some fresh air, I don't even have a window in my office and c) get some exercise. Depending on your speed it might be useful.
You could implement dynamic stretches or wrist/ankle bands too. Not as effective as the gym but might be easier to pull off.
current weight: 155.0
Fitness Minutes: (5,107) Posts: 299 6/29/11 10:12 A
No, I work in retail, and for 7.5 hours out of my 8.25 hour shift I am standing, walking, moving boxes, picking stuff up off the floor (it's a toy store so there's often toys left on the floor by kids!), etc etc. So for my lunch break I like to get off my feet and relax. I just eat and then I read. I generally work out in the AM, and then I walk to and from work.
Fitness Minutes: (11,436) Posts: 480 6/28/11 8:53 P
I was just considering this today. My office has a KILLER flight of stairs and I considered walking it during my lunch break. My only issue is...what happens if I get a little smelly. I can't imagine that I could walk the steps without getting sweaty. Any tips or suggestions. Lunch Exercisers what do you do?
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current weight: 221.0
Fitness Minutes: (20,806) Posts: 927 6/28/11 8:41 A
I'm not even a mom, and I find my BEST time to work out is at noon! There are so many benefits! :P
My job can get pretty mentally stressful, so going to the gym is definitely a stress reliever for me.
To avoid wasting time, I change in the shower stall rather than in the open, partially because I'm painfully modest, and partially because people tend to chat in that area, and I really don't have time for chatting when I'm not working out.
To maximize my time in the gym, I tend to circuit train. I'll run sprints on the treadmill (5 mins) then switch to strength training in between. I'll usually get in about 4 sets of 5 minute runs, and it's surprising how many calories your burn when you know you're only running 5 mins as opposed to 20-30 at a time.
Other little time savers? I eat breakfast, and have a snack at 10-11:00 am so that I don't have to eat during lunch hour. I generally eat my sandwich at 2pm or later. This works for me...might not work for you. Other than that, always remember to untie your shoes after you're done your work out.... You'll thank yourself the next day. :)
I don't work out during my lunch break but I do walk around the large office I work at just so I can stretch and give my eyes a break. I also get up to get water. At first I used a 32 oz bottle but feel better when I am able to walk around.
Hi!! First I want to start off by saying that its great that you are trying so hard to find a way to work exercise into your busy schedule!! It shows that you are really motivated and dedicated!! My coworker and I sometimes workout on our lunch break and what we typically do is bring our workout sneakers, eat our lunch for 30, and then go walking around the blocks surrounding our office. Another thing we do, since we were downtown, but it applies anywhere is walk up and down steps 10-15 times. Hope this helps!!
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current weight: 183.0
Fitness Minutes: (485) Posts: 19 1/28/11 8:11 P
Unfortunately I only have a 30 minute lunch break. However, some of the ladies in my office and at my last job would do 30-45 minute walks during lunch and 10 minute walks during their 15's. I don't do this although it wouldn't hurt. I am going to buy a big exercise ball to sit on at work though, just sitting on one for any period of time helps to strengthen your core. And I do stand up and do some stretches a couple times throughout the day. :)
Luckily my office has a gym and shower but there are not many places like that out there. I usually work out everyday from 11:30 - 12:15. Then I eat my lunch after.
What kind of exercising are you looking to do? When it is nice out (I'm in Pennsylvania, lots of snow!) we go walking outside. One guy brings his bike and bikes during his lunch break. So if you can get outside those might work for you.
On the other hand if that is not an option, change before you go to the gym and change when you get back to the office that way you have that extra time.
One other suggestion. See if your employer would think about putting in a small gym or have a room with a tv for those who want to work out.
My biggest challenge is finding time to make it to the gym. I hate throwing out the "single mom card", but I get up at 4:30 a.m. already. I get me ready for work, my son ready for school, take him to the babysitter, drive almost an hour to work, work until 5:30 p.m., drive another hour (or longer if traffic is bad) back home, pick my son up, take him to practice for whatever sport he is playing at the time, get home late, do homework, feed him dinner, take showers and then it's bedtime. There is no room for working out in my schedule....unless I go during my lunch break (I just really thought of this yesterday). My only concern is, I have a 1 hour break. It will take me 10 min to get there, then I have to change, fit in whatever I can in the time I am able to be there, get dressed (and hopefully not be sweaty and stinky) and head back to work. Do any of you work out during your lunch break? Any pointers on making it go a little quicker before and after so I have more time to concentrate on my actual workout?
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