Flawlessly Add Fitness to Lunch Hour With This Definitive Guide

By , Alicia Capetillo, Staff Writer
Endless meetings fill your calendar, that research project that was estimated to require just a week of your attention has now stretched into week three, you're stalking the IT desk hoping to get someone to finally swing by to fix your ongoing Excel issue and you can't remember the last time a conversation wasn't interrupted by the sound of your incoming email ding. We get it--you're busy. As workday schedules get more and more crowded, though, the carefree lunch hour suffers, slowly slipping into oblivion. While it might seem like pushing through and grabbing a granola bar on your way to your 2:00 is your best bet for your career, you're likely doing more harm than good.

In fact, studies show that remaining at your desk inside all day actually hurts your productivity and overall morale. Taking a break from your screen and the task at hand gives your brain a break, which offers a moment of clarity to focus on solutions and your end goal. Workaholics are actually setting themselves up for a slump that is difficult to overcome.

Ready to set yourself up for success? Prepare to be pioneer of the lunch hour reclaiming revolution with this complete guide from our friends at Fix. With tips on everything from packing a bag the night before, maximizing your 40-minute workout, refreshing and refueling, you'll be able to fit in an hour to better yourself and be a better employee in the long run, no matter how busy your schedule. 

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BOB5148 9/28/2020
Thanks Report
PEBBLEGEEK 8/29/2020
I would be so stressed out by such a tight schedule ...... I'll stick to walking :-) Report
JUNEAU2010 7/19/2020
Great ideas! I love this blog for the text, the graphics and the pictures! WELL DONE! Report
SHERYE 7/2/2020
Love the pictures Report
FRAN0426 6/23/2020
Happy that being retired means I can do exercise when i want, since I exercise at home or in the pool. Report
WHITEANGEL4 6/15/2020
I usually just walk on my lunch hour Report
CECELW 4/20/2020
I don't think this is practical. Depends on how much time you get for lunch I guess Report
RO2BENT 3/29/2020
Fantastic! Report
WHITEANGEL4 2/19/2020
Some great ideas Report
ERIN_POSCH 2/12/2020
thanks for sharing Report
NELLJONES 1/9/2020
I'm glad I'm retired! Report
PATRICIA-CR 12/30/2019
Love it! Great catchy illustrations! Report
HA_Y_N_IN_MS 12/29/2019
I workout during my lunch breaks regularly. No time for showers though, not if I want to maximize my gym time. Not to worry, nothing baby wipes and powder can't handle. It's worth it. Report
CECTARR 12/29/2019
Not really going to happen at most jobs Report
RHOOK20047 12/29/2019
Great ideas here, will have to incorporate some of these in my workday. Report
PEBBLE7 12/29/2019
Who has an hour for lunch? All my jobs allow 30 minutes. (Hospital) Could take a walk but certainly not s shower. Report
MARTHA324 12/29/2019
Even taking a walk after lunch worked for me. Got me up from the table with the guys and helped clear my head for the afternoon. Report
BILLTHOMSON 12/29/2019
Some key information, its about being prepared and planned Report
LEANJEAN6 11/2/2019
I love the pictures Report
thanks Report
Thanks, heading back to work and need lunch hour excercise Report
My best workout was walking with a friend on our lunch hour. Report
Will need to try these suggestons Report
Thank You for a great article...………... Report
Great article! Thanks! Report

Thanks but not sure workout at lunch is doable with only a 30 minute lunch time and eating mindfully.

Great idea!! Report
Needed info Report
Thank you! Report
Excellent share...Thanks! Report
Enjoyed the article, great ideas, love the charts! Report
thank you Report
Great info!👍 Report
I used to do a 40 minute HIIT bootcamp at a gym 5 minutes from my office, but found I would get heartburn at my desk in the afternoons. I guess it’s too much to do that major workout then eat lunch and sit at my desk the rest of the day. Plus I found it stressful to make sure everything was done in one hour. Report
I don’t really take a lunch break Report
Thanks for sharing Report
I like the concept of dry shampoo, but I can't find one that works like I think it should. Report
Great ideas! Thank you so much! Report
When I worked, I always ran steps in the tallest nearby building for my lunch hour--fabulous, low cost (free), climate-controled workout. Report
I like the idea, but don't feel this is realistic Report
great idea Report
Not realistic. I doubt the writer actually follows this plan. Plus, few companies have showers. Report
Unrealistic to get in a full workout during lunch and shower and eat in an hour. This plan had you eating when? Also most jobs don't have showers. I wish this was possible, I'd love to workout during lunch and not have to worry about being musky for the rest of the day Report
I'm fortunate to have an hour for lunch (unless I schedule educational meetings then) and a Planet Fitness 5 minutes from the school. I recently got the "black card" membership just so I could use their "total body enhancement" treatment and walk on the treadmill for 20 minutes afterwards. I don't bother with a shower (not going to get sweaty walking in the air conditioning) so I don't need to lug all that gear with me. But I think I'm just very lucky; for most people, this plan is a bit unrealistic. As one commenter pointed out, it takes 15 minutes for her just to get to the gym and change -- let alone shower after working out. I think the best most people can do is take a short walk during lunch. Report
What a great plan Report
I still miss the days when I had a job where my office and gym were on the same road! Report
Great list. Very helpful! Report
...and then there is the commute to they gym. Lunch hour workouts are incredible, but they are very time consuming and require working at a place where you have the flexibility. I tell you what, being able to do so is a HUGE perk. Report
This assume you get a lunch hour, and have a gym on site. I get a half hour and have no gym here. Would love suggestions for those of us with schedules like this. Report