I hate being at the office 9 hours straight. I hate being anywhere 9 hours straight (besides my bed). So barring major weather hazards I typically find some way to get out of the office on my lunch break.
Lately I’ve been going to the gym on my lunch break and it’s amazing. I recommend it to anyone who has the time and ability to workout during their lunch break. Working out on lunch doesn’t have to mean an intense H.I.L.T workout (but it can, if you want). My gym is about 7 minutes away from my office so I can typically get in a 30 minutes session and a quick shower before having to return to work. If your gym isn’t close to the office or your lunch break is too short consider an alternative like bringing a pair of sneakers and walking around the block for 20 minutes or walking up and down the stairs.
Here are 5 reasons you should consider working it out during lunch:
It gets you off your ass!
I sit most of the day (which we all know has been dubbed the new smoking), so it’s nice to get up and get my blood moving. Working out in the midst of all that sitting is a great way to improve circulation and lessen the effects of sitting for hours straight.
You can save calories and cash
One of the most important elements of making sure I go to the gym during my lunch is making sure I have something to eat afterwards. It’s pretty common knowledge that meals made at home tend to be healthier and less expensive than going to a fast food restaurant. Because I have such a small time frame to return back to the office the temptation of disregarding the baked chicken and veggies I’ve packed for lunch and going to grab a burger instead is no longer an option. I have to eat what I have at the office or don’t eat at all.
You miss the 3 o’clock crash
I typically get back from the gym at 2, so my post workout high leaves me energized until 5:00 p.m. By working out I break up the monotony of the day and energize my body and mind. For me gym time is therapy time. I get the chance to let out any frustrations the day brings and come back mentally refreshed. Letting go of those mental frustrations allows you to perform a brain rest and work more effectively.
You have more free time
I love having my evenings to do with as I please. I can write, catch up on my favorite shows, meet up with friends, the world is my oyster (as long as I’m in bed by 11:30) .
Also if I have plans right after work I don’t have to worry about dragging myself out of bed early because I know I can still workout at lunch. (This only applies if you have the luxury of eating while you work.)
You workout harder
Knowing that I only have a short window of time I try my best to make it count. Going in for a 30 minute session forces me to have a game plan before I get there so I’m not wandering around aimlessly.
What is your favorite time of day to work out? Let me know below.
Do it for love,
Edited by M.L. Scarbrough