*By: Megan Deppen*
Is your daily schedule so cra-cra that you find it hard to make time for exercise? If the answer is yes, you might consider fitting in that much-needed workout over your lunch break. Whether you have 15, 20, 30-minutes or even an hour lunch break, here are some exercises to try. Even just 5 minutes of stretching or short cardio circuits will get the blood flowing, endorphins pumping and boost your mood.
And remember to keep in mind…A little exercise is better than no exercise at all!
General Workouts – If you have limited time during your lunch break, you can always do some quick, but effective workouts right in your office or at your desk. Some workouts include, planks, reverse lunges, squats, jumping jacks, yoga, shoulder taps, etc. Additionally, if you have weights or a medicine ball in your office, you can utilize them as well. Don’t forget there are many quick exercises you can also check out online, if you’d rather have an instructor. Check out our post “Ten-Minute Workouts That Work!”
Get Outside – If the weather is nice and you have an opportunity to get outside, do it. Walking, running, climbing stairs, hiking, biking, or exercising with a friend are all great options for the outdoors.
Gym – If you have access to a gym nearby, especially during the colder months, when it’s harder to workout outside, consider this option. At the gym you can do a variety of workouts such as weight training, rowing, treadmill and elliptical workouts, spinning, and swimming.
Group Fitness Classes – In addition to going to the gym, if you’re the type of person who gets motivated by working out with others, then group fitness classes might be a good fit for you. Some places offer a variety of classes such as yoga, spinning, HITT, bootcamp, boxing, Zumba, etc. Also, don’t be afraid to step outside of your comfort zone and try a new class.
Here are some websites and videos to check out if you’re searching for some effective, but quick lunch break workouts:
- Gold’s Gym – Your 25-Minute Lunch Break Workout
- Self – A 10-Minute Lunch Break Workout You Can Do In 10 Minutes Without Getting Too Sweaty
- Health Works Fitness – A Quick 20-Minute Lunch Break Workout
Do you have any lunch break workout suggestions? Leave them in the comments below.