You have a lot to get done in a day. That includes a full day of work, taking care of your home, and heck, even having a bit of a social life now and again. With so much to handle, it can be pretty challenging to squeeze in a good workout. It’s no wonder that lunch hour workouts are becoming more and more popular. You don’t really need to take the full hour to eat your meal, do you? Didn’t think so! Instead of spending half and hour browsing Facebook, get active. Quick fitness is the solution.
What Does The Lunch Hour Workout Do?
Feeling a bit skeptical? That’s okay! That is only natural. I mean, how could a fifteen to twenty minute workout really be as good as for you as a 45-60 minute trek to the gym? Well, it’s all about intensity. You have to be prepared to work for every second of your lunch hour exercise. There is simply no room for slacking. Why? It has been found that short but high intensity exercises can help you burn calories during the moves themselves and long after. So, make it count!
How To Get Started
Most office buildings have a local gym nearby. If there is a place you can workout that you can get to quickly, head to the gym and make the most of the time you have there. Can’t find a local gym? Don’t worry. You can still make the most of your lunch hour! Certain exercises can be done right at your desk (without anyone knowing) or you can even head outside to a park or open space. Wherever you go, remember to bring an easy change of clothes with you and a water bottle. Once you have found your location and have changed into your workout clothes, it is time to get ready to break a sweat.
Effective Lunch Hour Moves
There are plenty of exercises that are high-intensity and can be done quickly. It’s all about finding what works for you. If you need some ideas, these effective lunch hour moves will get those gears moving.
Start with some cardio. Something like the treadmill or elliptical is ideal (or you can just run outside if you aren’t going to be at the gym!) because you can increase the pace as you go. Aim for about 10 minutes of running. Use interval training to increase your pace, slow down, and increase the pace again. This will help you to burn tons of calories and get your body warmed up and ready for the rest of your lunch hour workout.
Now, it’s time for strength. Whether you’re outside, at the gym, or in your office, try doing wall squats. During this move, you are against the wall, squatting like you were sitting in a chair. Make it more intense by holding hand weighs in both hands, holding them out in front of you. Hold this move for 60 seconds, pause, and repeat. Other great lunch hour moves are squats, lunges, a chest press, or the plank. Make sure that whatever exercises you choose, they are quite challenging.
Make every second count. If you are running short on time most days, that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice your fitness. Get a little creative, it will be easier than you think to take part in a lunch hour workout. No more excuses!