What do you do on your lunch break each day? Do you go out to a diner or restaurant with colleagues and friends, sit at your desk and work through lunch, or do you hang out and gossip in the break room? Are you also the person who is constantly complaining that you would exercise, but just can’t find the time? If so, that’s all about to change! Let’s make over your lunch time and use it to sneak in a quick little workout too.
Start by packing something healthy for lunch. Not only will you save time and money, you can also count on something healthy to eat that won’t weigh you down for the rest of the afternoon. Salads, wraps, pitas and sandwiches packed with veggies, lettuce, tomato and lean meats are all great options. Bringing your lunch should leave you plenty of time to work out before you eat.
Next, you want to scout out workout options around your office. Is there a gym close by? You may even be one of the lucky few who have a workout room right in your office building. If not, check out the gyms that you can reach within five minutes from your office and consider joining one.
If you don’t have a gym close by, or just don’t enjoy that type of workout, bring a pair of comfortable shoes to work and go for a walk or even a jog on your lunch break. Pick a road with a wide sidewalk and little traffic, or take advantage of any parks that are close by. If you are close to a park, consider carrying your lunch with you and enjoy a nice, relaxing lunch in the park at the end of your walk.
Even with good intentions to work out during your lunch break, you’ll be tempted to fall back into your old habits. A workout buddy is one of the best remedies for this. Ask one of your co-workers if he or she would like to join you during your lunch time workouts. You can motivate each other and hold each other accountable. Of course having someone along while you work out at the gym or walk in the park, also makes things more fun and interesting.
If you can’t find a workout buddy, consider keeping a workout journal to hold yourself accountable for your workouts. Listen to some music or audio books on your MP3 player while you work out to keep yourself entertained. Before you know it, working out at lunch time will become a habit that will energize you for the rest of your workday, not to mention it will also lead you down a path to a healthier you.