Lunchtime workouts are a great way to fit exercise into your lifestyle! You’ll ditch the ‘I have no time’ excuse, be full of energy for your afternoon and when you get home, the only thing left to do is RE-LAX! But, sweaty hair and not leaving enough time to eat often put people off. So, here’s 6 lunchtime workout tips to help you form a new healthy habit.
1. Prep the Night Before
Before you hit the sack, pack your gym and work bag. It’s the best way to make sure that the snooze button doesn’t mean you’ll forget to bring your workout pants. Be sure to chuck everything that you need in including some healthy snacks for the day. Then, when the morning rolls around, all you’ve got to do is head to the fridge and grab your lunch.
2. Bring Your Own Lunch
Not only is bringing your own lunch to work the best way to make sure your nutrition is on point, it’ll save you time during your lunch hour. Instead of having to stand in the line after your workout, you’ll be able to quickly dig into a healthy meal that’s geared for recovery. Include some lean protein, low GI carbs and healthy fats to refuel your muscles and keep your stomach happy throughout the afternoon.
3. Plan Your Workouts
Instead of wasting time thinking about what exercise to do, make a plan and stick to it. Monday might be leg day, Tuesday, running, Wednesday, a WOD in the park and Thursday, arms. Regardless, you’ll always know what your plan is so you can get straight into it. You might even want to plan longer or shorter workouts depending on how busy your days typically are.
4. Keep Your Hair and Makeup Simple
Rock an athletic-look at work like a tidy ponytail or braid with natural foundation and eyes. This way, your hair will already be done before you hit the gym and your pores won’t be clogged with heavy makeup that just runs faster than you do when you sweat. Once you’ve finished your workout, give your hair a quick spray with dry shampoo, wash your face and quickly reapply some simple makeup. If you don’t have a shower, bring some baby wipes along so you can still freshen up.
5. Shift Your Lunch Hour
If you’re working out at the gym during your lunch hour, consider moving your workout to a time that’s less busy. Check with your boss first, but taking an early or later break might work well for the rest of the team. You’ll also save extra time when you don’t have to wait for machines or a free shower.
6. Work With What You’ve Got
You don’t NEED to go to the gym to do a workout. So, if you don’t have time for that, make do with what’s near you. Local parks are great places to do body-weight WODs. They’re also ideal for sprint training. If you work in a high-rise, try doing stair climbs. But if none of those work, go for a run.
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