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Workout Ideas For Your Lunch Break

By: Jenn Moss

If you have a typical 9–5 job, chances are that you are sitting hunched over your desk for hours on end. To counteract this sedentary lifestyle, movement should be added throughout the day so that your muscles can be activated. If after work you are feeling too tired, and before work you do not have enough time, using your lunch break hour might be a great option for you to get the blood flowing, lubricate joints, and switch it up from sitting the whole day.

If you have access to a shower at work, that is fantastic, and you might be able to break more of a sweat in your workout. However, if you do not, but still want to get some movement in during that time frame, here are some great ideas:

1. 30–45 Minute Yoga Flow

What is fantastic about this option is that it can be done in a lot of different places. Most offices have space for a yoga mat to sprawled out, but if that is not an option for you, perhaps you take a walk outside and find some grass that you can do yoga on. Adding this time for stretching, mindfulness, and flexibility, will have you feeling refreshed and ready to take on the rest of your workday.

2. Brisk Walking

Taking a nice fast paced walk with the arms moving is a great way to get the blood flowing, and heart pumping. Like yoga, it can be done anywhere, and within the time constraints of a lunch break. Simply throw on some sneakers with the outfit you are already wearing, and you are out the door. Breathing in the fresh air feels fantastic, and allows you to activate muscles that are lying dormant as you sit on your desk.

3. Free Weights

You might want to consider storing some dumbbell weights in your desk. This is especially great if your gym is too far to get to during the workday. There are so many different options the weights can bring, and you can do workout videos straight from your office, or outside where there is more space. Get some reps in and then get back to work.

A big complaint people say is that they do not have time for working out. However, if you take a closer look at your schedule, you might just find incognito pockets of time, like your lunch hour. The workouts do not have to be complex or extraordinary, just something that makes you feel good and gets your body moving.