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3 Ways to Workout on Your Lunch Hour Sans Gym

More and more companies are figuring out that healthy employees are productive employees and offering incentives for workers to workout through gym memberships and discounts. While a free or discounted gym membership is definitely a great bonus, there’s still the matter of finding time to actually use it.

If you’re not a morning person, hitting the gym before work may not be feasible, no matter how early you set your alarm, the sleep button is always a stronger pull. And hitting the gym after work might not work because you still have to run errands and have a family or social life. But your lunch hour is free. If you’re lucky, your building might have a gym on the premises. But if the gym is too far to drive for a midday fitness class, then check out these tools that you can use, right in the office to squeeze in a workout.

  • Find an app! Many apps are designed for quick, do anywhere workouts. Find an empty conference and spend 10 minutes or however long you have done a series of squats, pushups, planks, and lunges to burn off your upcoming happy hour binge.
  • If you can’t find the space for bodyweight exercises, then get in some cardio. Hit the stairs, do laps around the block, get in some jumping jacks in the parking lot, just be sure to get moving for as long as you can.
  • Go for intensity, not time. However, you can squeeze in your daily dose of fitness, make it count, even if it’s just running to the corner store for a sandwich to go.

Lunch workouts require a bit of planning but can help you get in your 30 minutes of physical activity each day. Plan ahead and pack your lunch and your gym bag the night before on days that you have a chance to workout.

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