Lunch Time Work Outs

Greetings! I hope you are all having an awesome week.

Have you ever tried or thought about using your lunch break to work out?

A few months ago, I decided to switch my early morning gym workouts to going at lunch time since my mornings and evenings are now dedicated to feeding, walking and playing with our dogs. Luckily there is a gym that’s only a 5 minute drive from the office and the company offers a fitness reimbursement plan!! SCORE!

A couple of my co-workers have been going to the same gym on their lunch breaks too and they look pretty hot so that’s also very motivating for me. At first, I thought I could never do a lunch time workout. I was worried about getting too sweaty and not having enough time so I got a trial membership for a week to try it out in July and became hooked ever since! I get about 45-50 minutes which is plenty of time for a good workout and a cool down finish. Afterwards, I change and freshen up in the bathrooms at the office and eat my lunch at my desk.

In case you are thinking about working out on your lunch hour, here are some tips on what to do before, during, and after your lunch time work out in order to maximize your gym time and deal with all the sweaty-ness and cleanliness 🙂

What to pack: gym outfit, shoes, socks, towel, huggie wipes, make-up wipes and underwear. I keep deodorant and perfume in my drawer for freshening up afterwards.

Plan ahead: Plan your workouts for the week and pack your gym bag for the week to save time.

Eating Schedule: (This took a little while for me to master and eating times may also vary for each person). Just listen to your body, do your research and do what feels right for you. Here is what my eating schedule looks like:

8am – Breakfast: (protein) greek yogurt smoothie or oatmeal with egg whites

11am – Snack: (a carb and a protein) toast, crackers or banana with peanut butter or almond butter

12pm – 1pm (gym time): 20 minute cardio session and 25 minutes for strength training

2pm – Lunch: (protein & veggies) chicken salad with  a sweet potato and a Tera’s Whey protein powder drink

5pm – snack: apple and cheese stick or almond butter, almonds or edamame

7:30pm – Dinner: (protein with veggies)

Benefits and Tips:
I’m glad that I started working out on my lunch breaks. It’s such a wonderful break in the day and I come back feeling refreshed and energized. I don’t feel tired and drained when I get home which is awesome because then I have more energy for my pups and to take care of things at home. If I want a really good sweat session, I know I can go right after work and on the weekends so that’s no problem for me either.

Here are some useful sites with tips on getting your lunch time workout routine started and freshening up afterwards:

http://www.prevention.com/fitness/fitness-tips/best-time-exercise-lunch-time-workouts

http://health.howstuffworks.com/wellness/diet-fitness/exercise-at-work/5-tips-for-freshening-up-after-office-workout.htm#page=0

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